Football fans the world over will be familiar with the iconic photograph from the 1970 World Cup that featured Pele and England captain Bobby Moore swapping shirts.
However, imagine if you swapped shirts with a living World Cup legend only to then give the match-worn jersey away.
That is what happened to Stranraer defender Lee Mair who revealed via Twitter that he once swapped shirts with none-other than a pre-fame Toni Kroos only to subsequently give the shirt away, assuming the Bayern Munich youngster would amount to little.
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But how wrong Mair was, with Kroos fast on his way to becoming a Germany legend after impressing at the 2014 World Cup and putting in a similarly commanding performance in their Euro 2016 opener against Ukraine.
The story dates back to Aberdeen’s UEFA Cup meeting with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2008.
Roundly thrashed 5-1, Mair was an unused substitute for the game but still found himself called in for a drug test alongside an 18-year-old German midfielder who was just breaking into the Bavarian’s first-team.
It was Kroos and the pair soon got chatting, eventually deciding to swap shirts as a mark of respect.
Yet Mair was evidently unconvinced that the shirt would ever hold any real value and decided to give it away.
Now 35, the defender has enjoyed a nomadic career in the Scottish game, all the while watching Kroos go from strength to strength for Bayern, Real and Germany.
Whether Kroos still thinks about the encounter, or has Mair’s shirt framed is anybody’s guess but one thing is for sure, the Scot will not be forgetting it any time soon.
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