It’s always satisfying when school bullies finally get their comeuppance.
Ben Shaw, an 11-year-old lad from Southampton, has been attending the Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching Academy for four years now.
So when the young goalkeeper was accused of lying by other kids at his school, Oakwood Primary, there was only one way to shut them up for good.
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Ben’s mum, Claire, asked Le Tissier himself if he could accompany her son to his leavers prom.
And to her astonishment, the Saints legend agreed.
'Ben was completely shocked'
“It was amazing,” Claire to the Mirror. “Ben has had a hard time at school, they were taking the mick out of him saying he doesn’t go to the MLT academy.
“We wanted to do something special for his prom and Ben was completely shocked, it was lovely.
“I was hopeful Matt would say yes because he is a lovely guy, but it was a shot in the dark. But then I went into the academy and they said he would love to do it.”
Le Tiss, who now works as a pundit on Sky Sports, drove Ben to his prom and took a couple of photos with him.
“I was really excited and surprised, it was really good and all my friends were really impressed,” Ben said.
“They wanted to know how I did it. The prom was very good, but my favourite bit was the ride with Matt.”
Le Tissier is a huge Southampton legend
As if Le Tissier wasn’t already a big enough legend in the eyes of Southampton fans.
The one-time England international could have moved to just about any club in the country at his peak in the 1990s.
However, the astonishingly gifted footballer opted to stay with Southampton for his entire career.
In 541 appearances, he scored 209 goals.
Xavi loves Le Tissier
One of his admirers is the Barcelona icon Xavi, who admitted he was “obsessed” with the forward while growing up in Spain.
"In Catalonia there used to be a half-hour programme every Monday where they'd show the best goals from the Premier League," the 36-year-old was quoted as saying by the Independent in April.
"Every week, Matt Le Tissier would be on the show. I'm talking outrageous, sickening goals.
"Straight in the top corner, left-foot flick and then right over a defender and score against Newcastle.
"We used to say: 'This guy, Le Tissier, is outrageous and he never goes to a big team. He stays at Southampton. It's incredible. He could play for anyone.’
"Our whole house was obsessed with him."
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