A FOOTBALL-mad youngster got the surprise of his life when Newcastle United star Papiss Cissé dropped in for a visit on Saturday.
Sam Livingstone had sent a card welcoming the Senegalese striker to the north east after his £10m move from Germany in January.
The new United No 9 was so taken with the card after being shown it at the Magpies’ Benton training centre, that he arranged a visit to the four-year-old’s home in Bedlington.
After opening the door to the 26-year-old, a fans’ favourite after scoring ten goals in his first nine games, Sam had to pinch himself before realising it really was Cissé.
He said: “To see Papiss Cisse standing there – well, that was amazing. That just doesn’t happen.
“He came inside, brought us some really great gifts and then showed us his car. It was brilliant.”
His brother Jack, seven, added: “We didn’t know anything about the visit. It was just a great day for us.”
Cissé said: “Going to see Sam and his family was just my way of saying a special thank you to a young fan who showed genuine kindness in welcoming me to a new country and a new club.
“I must thank them also for the Easter bunny they gave me. It was very nice.”