Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko was guest of honour at the recent opening of new UNICEF Early Child Development premises in Novi Grad, in his native Bosnia.
The 25-year-old international met some of the children who will benefit from the centre, signing autographs and having pictures taken with the youngsters.
In his role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Dzeko took time out of his busy schedule to chat with dozens of football-crazy kids, who follow his playing career in England very closely.
"I am very glad that the centre has been provided with new premises giving a chance to more children to participate in this programme," he said.
"Every child deserves the best start possible and we are here today to support this initiative and congratulate the people behind it.
"I am hopeful that the centre will continue working well as has been the case so far, and provide these kids with the best beginning there is."
Dzeko became the first Bosnian to take up an ambassadorial goodwill role with UNICEF, a voluntary position the City striker embarked on in November 2009.
"I am also glad to be here today with children," he continued. "I always feel good when I am around them, and I am happy that Novi Grad Municipality has recognized and provided support to this UNICEF programme."