Cristiano Ronaldo made the day of a young supporter before Manchester United’s Europa League win against FC Sheriff on Thursday.
The supporter escaped the clutches of security guards and hugged Ronaldo as he headed out of the hotel in Moldova to get on the team bus.
The Portuguese star demanded to get a pen before taking the child closer to the bus to sign his United shirt.
Ronaldo then signed the back of the boy’s No.7 shirt and again embraced him with a hug before boarding the bus.
Fans have taken to social media to praise the 37-year-old. One Tweeted: My GOAT is special and treats people.
Another fan said: ‘What a man!’, while another commented: ‘Lietrally the best day of his life.’
‘That kid would grow up boasting about this to his friends till the day he’s old haha,’ said another supporter.
Ronaldo went on to score his first goal of the season from the penalty spot after Jadon Sancho’s 17 minute opener.
Erik ten Hag admitted after the game Ronaldo ‘needed the goal’. Speaking to MUTV, he said: ‘Ronaldo needed that goal. Many times he came close [in the season so far], but he wanted that so much.
‘We are happy for him, and the team wanted to bring him a goal. You know that Cristiano will score a penalty.’