Edinson Cavani Makes His Biggest Fan's Dream Come True After Brentford Game
Lola Eastwood, 14, has been a self-confessed 'super fan' of the Uruguayan striker ever since he joined the ranks at Old Trafford on a free transfer.
"Edi is a football legend," she tells SPORTbible after footage of her interaction with Cavani went viral on social media. "It was incredible to see him join United. His passion for the game is amazing."
Cavani is expected to leave the club when his contract expires this summer, so after the final whistle on Monday night, an emotional Lola burst into tears at the thought of seeing her idol play his final game at Old Trafford.
"I was crying at the final whistle when he was waving and blowing kisses to the fans saying goodbye," she says. "Seeing him play at Old Trafford for the last time was amazing but sad."
After saying farewell to the former Paris Saint-Germain forward from the stands, Lola decided to chance her luck and wait for the 35-year-old in the stadium's car park.
Her perseverance paid off. She shouted over to Cavani, who embraced the youngster as she started to sob.
"It made my life meeting him, especially as he will probably go back to South America now," Lola says. "It was better than I could ever imagine. He turned to me and just hugged me, which made me cry even more."
Lola pointed out that she was wearing her dad's 'celebration socks' – a fact that made Cavani laugh.
She then asked him to wear a MISS KICK headband; something that means the world to the 14-year-old.
"I have carried a MISS KICK headband in my pocket, just in-case I had the opportunity to meet him," she says. "At the end of our chat, he asked if the headband was for him or me, and he gave it me back as I couldn't think straight."
MISS KICK is a company created by former footballer Grace Vella, who realised that kit, culture, confidence and credibility were lacking in female sport.
In just a handful of years, the company has built a global community of 50,000, including over 2,000 ambassadors.
"The headband is from my favourite brand MISS KICK – a clothing brand for women and girls who play football," Lola explained.
"I am part of the community there. I have been following the MK Journey for three years, and have even modelled for their website. I was made an ambassador, now I am a captain.
"They challenged me to get Cavani to wear a headband. We had a chat group and I posted a daily Cavani picture so it started there when people were saying 'you need to get Cavani in a MK headband'.
"He was happy to put it on. MISS KICK means the world to me. It makes me feel powerful, confident and proud. Wherever I go, I am always wearing MISS KICK."
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