Paul Hayward got a signed jersey by the Argentine after writing an article
The Sports chief of the British newspaper The Telegraph, Paul Hayward, has revealed the great gesture Leo Messi had with him while he was suffering from cancer. A few months ago, the journalist wrote an article about how sport can help people connect to life in the darkest moments of the treatment of a disease.
Hayward referred to the spectacular play that Messi did against Bayern in the semifinals of last year's Champions League. That mythical action with Boateng falling on the floor moved Hayward: "I felt myself rise from my chair, and illness fell away. That moment will not leave my memory, because it made the world feel full of possibilities again. And to think: philosophers have searched for uplifting human truths in the most complex of areas, yet here was a dink from the boot of Lionel Messi casting light across the world."
The article had much impact and reached the ears of people around Leo Messi. Some time later, the Argentine sent a signed Barça shirt and an encouragement letter to Hayward.
On Wednesday, British journalist has posted a picture on Twitter with the dedication of Messi and wrote another article: "Professional duty dictates that reporters try not to be dazzled by celebrity, but I confess to feeling overwhelmed, and not just because Messi is the footballer whose talent I most admire [...] He has helped other people in this way. An act of kindness does not need a famous person’s weight behind it. But it completes the kind of connection I was trying to describe in my piece."
Lionel Messi sent this signed shirt after I mentioned him in a piece about illness. So kind. Thanks to all involved. pic.twitter.com/5UdXBzJDUR— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) 1 de juny de 2016