Lukas Podolski’s reputation as one of the most genuine footballers in the Premier League grows by the day and he has proven that once again with another heartfelt gesture.
The German international helped Arsenal end their nine-year trophy drought by lifting the FA Cup following a 3-2 victory over Hull City, and for most players, the prized match-day shirt will go straight in the trophy room at home.
For Podolski, however, that is not the case as the 28-year-old is auctioning off his shirt in a bid to help his Lukas Podolski foundation.
Reported by unitedcharity.de, the Arsenal forward immediately signed the shirt and sent it to Baden-Baden, Germany, so they can start the auction – as posted by Podolski on Twitter.
The foundation, set up by the former Bayern Munich ace, is a bid to help children in need through sports and educational projects, compatible with similar projects in Germany and Poland.
It is a fabulous gesture from Podolski, and one which will no doubt enhance his legendary-like status among the Gunners supporters.
Since joining Arsenal, Podolski has made 69 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring an impressive 28 goals from a wide position.
Despite an injury-hit season, his eight goals and two assists in just 14 Premier League starts makes him one of Arsene Wenger’s side’s most effective players and his form was enough to persuade Germany coach Joachim Low to include him in this summer’s World Cup.