Ante Rebic has made the headlines on Tuesday not just for his well-taken goal against Lecce, but what he did after.
Milan had scored just moment prior to make it 2-1 as Giacomo Bonaventura stabbed home a rebound, and the Croatia international got in on the act to score his seventh goal in seven Serie A games.
Rebic found himself completely alone inside the Lecce half with a free run at goal, and he made no mistake converting with composure for his eighth goal of the season in all competitions.
The cameras picked up on the fact he approached a ballboy on the edge of the pitch and gave him a hug, bringing a smile to his face, and now Lecce have tweeted to explain.
The ballboy pictured is 19 years old, lives in the province of Lecce and has played in their youth sector for five years, with the dream of making his first team debut.
Rebic saw he was heartbroken by the result unfolding and embraced him to cheer him up.
Nella partita di ieri con il Milan viene designato per fare il raccattapalle. Rebic dopo aver segnato il gol lo vede affranto e, compiendo un bel gesto, lo abbraccia per rinfrancarlo. pic.twitter.com/wAOlWf305P
— U.S. Lecce (@OfficialUSLecce) June 23, 2020