Footballers across the world have often been stereotyped as emotionless and alienated from the real world, but kind gestures such as Fabio Borini’s can prove otherwise.
The 22-year.old Liverpool man joined the Merseyside club in 2012 for a reported fee of £11m. He became Brendan Rodgers’ first signing for Liverpool, and arrived with a lot of promise.
Ultimately, despite joining as a talented forward from Roma, Borini was still a youngster lacking Premier League experience and he initially struggled with injuries and was often overlooked.
Ex-Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio brought him in on loan last September, and his career – since Di Canio’s sacking and Poyet’s arrival – has really taken off.
The Black Cats have clawed their way back towards safety in the Premier League, but it was their fantastic League Cup run to the final which buoyed the city.
A memorable Semi-Final shootout victory over Manchester United booked their place in the final at Wembley, and Borini had the fans in dreamland after giving them the lead in the first half. Unfortunately for the Italian and his teammates, Man City responded with a second half comeback to win 3-1 and lift the cup.
Despite the obvious disappointment, Borini has since shocked the footballing world with his gratitude. Using social networking site Twitter, he reached out to a Charity called Barrow for Marrow and offered them his cup final shirt.
The charity raises money for The Anthony Nolan Trust, and will now be able to sell Borini’s shirt for a good cause.
Here are the Tweets below:
Hi rob! @barrowformarrow Erin told me about u & Charlie last yr. Id like to donate my match shirt from yesterday to your cause. good luck!— fabio borini (@borinifabio29) marzo 3, 2014