Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has paid public tribute to Mo Farah by uploading a video dedicated to the British distance runner on Twitter.
The video, produced by Nike, shows Farah training hard and pushing himself to the limit, but focuses on the idea that he always manages to keep his smile.
Lacazette made reference to that smile in his Twitter post: “You can’t beat that smile. Thanks for showing us how it’s done @gomofarah #justdoit”.
Arsenal’s new £46million striker has clearly been impressed by not only Mo Farah’s success, but his demeanour while doing so.
The cynics among us will look to both men’s Nike sponsorships as a reason for the slightly surprising show of support from a French footballer to a British long-distance runner, but Farah has made his love of Arsenal no secret over the past few years, so perhaps the feeling of respect and appreciate is genuinely mutual.
Lacazette’s post comes just six days after the Somali-born Farah won gold in the 10,000m event at the World Championships in London.
Sir Mo posted the same minute long video to his Twitter page earlier today with the caption: “YEEEEZZZZZZZZZ….!!!! #justdoit #mofarah #mobot #onemomile”
On Saturday, he will compete in the final of the 5,000m event, which will likely be his last track event after he announced that he will be switching to marathon running following the 2017 World Championships.
See Lacazette's tweet below.
Arsenal’s new number nine Lacazette will hoping to achieve similar levels of success in London to Farah, as he prepares for the opening weekend of his first season in English football.
The former Lyon man started the Community Shield match against Chelsea on Sunday, which Arsenal went on to win on penalties, and Lacazette was unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet after hitting the post in the first half.
The Gunners start their Premier League campaign at home on Friday evening against Leicester City.
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