Georgios Samaras, Greek FA Arrange for Fan with Down Syndrome to Visit Brazil

Sean Swaby@seanswabyUK Staff WriterJune 27, 2014

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  Giorgos Samaras of Greece celebrates scoring his team's second goal on a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Greece and the Ivory Coast at Castelao on June 24, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Georgios Samaras' last-ditch penalty kick against the Ivory Coast that propelled Greece into the knockout stages of the World Cup put him into legendary status in Greek quarters. 

However, in one young Celtic supporter's eyes, Samaras had already been propelled to heroic proportions. 

Jay Beatty, a child with Down syndrome who we last saw on Samaras' shoulders celebrating at Celtic Park, has grown a strong bond with the Celtic star and Greek captain. 

He was ecstatic when Samaras converted from the penalty spot to put Greece through to the round of 16. 

Afterward, Samaras left a heartfelt message for Beatty and how he's been an inspiration for himself and his team-mates at the World Cup. 

The Greek FA and Samaras even arranged a trip for Beatty and his family to attend Greece's round-of-16 match against Costa Rica at Recife's Arena Pernambuco. 

Unfortunately, the family had prior plans to go on holiday and could not attend.

A class gesture, all the same.

[The SPORT Bible

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