While this may have happened back in 2017, Manchester United and English mid-fielder Jesse Lingard was able to make the day for a bunch of kids when he showed up unannounced in a neighborhood.
The footage of the mid-fielder re-emerged after video of Mohamed Salah allegedly used his phone behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz while ignoring fans. Liverpool has also released a statement saying Merseyside Police have been made aware of the video because of Salah using his phone while driving. While Salah didn't do anything else wrong beyond using his phone while behind the wheel, soccer fans have noted that what Lingard did was a classy thing to do.
Merseyside police have also confirmed via Twitter that they are aware of the situation regarding Salah and have moved it onto the relevant depart for investigation.
Jesse showing how footballers should react when young fans approach them in their car. 👀 pic.twitter.com/B3fIwohiFG— UTDST. (@utdstreet) August 13, 2018
With the two clips released online, one can see just how different players can be when it comes to how they deal with fans. Lingard is more of an outlier than Salah, whose reaction is far more typical. It's just disappointing that more players in not only soccer but other sports aren't more willing to do the little things to make the days of fans. If more sports stars were willing to act like the 25-year-old English player, people would see athletes as more than just pampered millionaires who do what they like.
While Salah may not have been super classy while dealing with the young fans, he did also technically break the law, and he should be punished for this particular problem. It's also not like it is all that hard for a player to take at minimum half an hour out of their time to make the days of those that look up to them most. So Salah should for sure take a leaf out of Lingard's book. That would not only improve their day but make tons of people happy, and that would be a great thing.