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Gini Wijnaldum Celebrates Champions League Win By Taking Picture With His Grandmother Wearing His Medal

Gini Wijnaldum Celebrates Champions League Win By Taking Picture With His Grandmother Wearing His Medal

Gini Wijnaldum celebrated winning the Champions League by posing with his 84-year old grandmother Francina and letting her wear his winners' medal.

After Wijnaldum's mother moved to Amsterdam when he was just five years of age, Francina raised him and went above and beyond to give him the best possible chance to make it as a footballer.

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"When I was young, I used to go to training so early in the morning that the trams in Rotterdam weren't running yet so my grandma would walk there with me even though it took 45 minutes," the Dutchman told the Mail in February.

"She said again: 'Why are you thanking me? I'm your grandma. I have to do it. I didn't do it for you to be a professional football player, just to keep you off the street, but if you can make something of it, great'."

And having won the richest prize in club football following the 2-0 win over Spurs in Madrid, the former Newcastle man had to celebrate with his nearest and dearest. Francina is absolutely beaming with pride and rightly so.

We're not sure whether this picture was taken before or after Wijnaldum dropped his phone from Liverpool's bus during the parade attended by 750,000 Reds fans yesterday.

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Seeing Liverpool players celebrate their triumph with their family members has been heartwarming, with captain Jordan Henderson in particular getting teary-eyed during an embrace with his dad Brian, a 64-year old cancer survivor.

Topics: Football, Spurs, Liverpool, Gini Wijnaldum, Wanda Metropolitano, champions league final, Champions League, Liverpool FC

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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