Van Persie met his loyal 4-year-old fan, in response to a viral video showing how vividly distraught Louis Diamond was over the football player’s transfer from Manchester United to Fenerbahce.
Louis’s Viral Video
— Sam Diamond (@samdiamond9) July 10, 2015
Fenerbahce fans launched an online campaign to raise $2,000 to cover the cost of Louis’s visit to his idol in Turkey. Club President Aziz Yildirim covered all expenses after seeing the video, inviting the Diamonds to meet van Persie, and attend the season’s opening match.
Van Persie met the family at the club media center, crowning Louis with his first match outfit.
— Sam Diamond (@samdiamond9) August 14, 2015
Robin van Persie posted a video with Louis on Facebook
What a nice surprise! Louis Diamond came all the way from the UK to Istanbul to meet me and to see the match. Happy to see him smile now!
Posted by Robin van Persie on Saturday, August 15, 2015
Robin van Persie said in the press conference “Football without fans is nothing like how it is now, fans make this game so special, but these kids, they make football even more special”.