Frank Lampard showed what a class act he is after swapping shirts with Stoke debutant Oliver Shenton after Wednesday’s Premier League clash following the news about the death of the 17-year-old’s mother.
Shenton came on as a 94th minute substitute for his first experience of Premier League football and Lampard’s gesture will make it even more memorable.
Manchester City ran out 4-1 victors but as soon as the final whistle blew, thanks to Peter Crouch passing on the information, the 36-year-old went straight to the youngster and offered to swap shirts.
A roller coaster week
The game fell just two days after Shenton’s mother’s funeral in what is a roller coaster week for the youngster.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes told reporters: "That's a great touch. Frank has lost close family and so perhaps it resonates with him."
Lampard lost his own mother Pat in 2008 during his time at Chelsea which he said ‘left him in a daze’ - so the thoughtful gesture was important to both players involved.
A true professional
His offering showed the down-to-earth nature of Lampard and it is a refreshing sight for anyone associated with the game.
"But that just shows his class. I wasn't aware he'd done that until I was told but a gesture like that just shows his class," said Hughes.
Lampard heads to New York this summer ending his illustrious career in which he has made 596 league appearances scoring 176 goals making him the fourth all-time Premier League goalscorer.
The ex-Chelsea star is one of the best players England has ever seen and will go down as a legend of the game.
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