Four-year old Sam Livingstone sent Papiss Cisse a ‘Welcome to Newcastle’ card, when the 26 year-old was signed by Newcastle from SC Freiburg in January.
Papiss Cisse with 4 year-old Sam and his sister (?)
It seems that the top Senegal striker has repaid that kindness, by arranging a surprise and secret visit to the home of the youngster to thank Sam in person.
That’s a great story on the Newcastle web-site today, and Sam said he was completely shocked when he opened the door and Papiss was standing there:
“I couldn’t believe my eyes when Dad told me and my brother Jack to go and see who was at the door.” “To then see Papiss Cisse standing there, well that was amazing.”
“That just doesn’t happen! ” “He came inside, brought us some really great gifts and then showed us his car which was amazing. It was brilliant!”
His 7 year-old brother Jack, whose seventh birthday was last Saturday was there too, and also knew nothing about it:
“We didn’t know anything about the visit and it was just a great day for us.”
It’s things like this that the Newcastle players should be doing, but we know the players do many good things in the Newcastle community when they have some time off.
This is what Papiss said about it all:
“The welcome I have received in Newcastle has been incredible and I thank everyone who has helped me settle in. From those at the club to the thousands of supporters who I think are simply fantastic, I am deeply touched.”
“Going to see Sam and his family was just my way of saying a special thank you to a young fan who showed genuine kindness in welcoming me to a new country and new club. I must thank them also for the Easter bunny they gave me, it was very nice.”
Dad John was able to somehow keep the visit a secret, and was so grateful to the Senegal star:
“This has really made Sam’s year and I cannot put into words how grateful I am that Papiss gave up his time to come and see Sam, we are all ever so grateful.”
“Footballers don’t always get the credit they deserve for things away from the football field, this gesture from Papiss just shows what a genuine, down to earth and tremendous person he is.”
No news on what the little girl’s name is in the photo, and one other thing – since Papiss doesn’t speak much English yet – what did he say to them?
And a note to Newcastle United – send them all new strips with the Virgin Money logo on them.