Jose Mourinho gifts shoes to a young striker making his first-team debut.
18-year-old Felix Afena-Gyan was brought on by Jose Mourinho during the last 15 minutes of Roma’s match with Genoa, marking his debut for the senior team with two well-taken goals, including a long-range stunner in injury time.
The teenager then ran to his manager Jose Mourinho to celebrate scoring his first-ever goal in professional football.
Jose Mourinho gifts shoes
Speaking to the press during his post-match interview, Mourinho revealed that he had promised to buy the teenager a pair of really expensive shoes that he desperately wanted if he scores during the match.
Mourinho told DAZN that Felix ran over after scoring two goals to remind him not to forget about his promise, and that he (Mourinho) was going to buy him the shoes first thing in the morning.
Felix then posted a video onto his Instagram showing Mourinho presenting him with his present, with the youngster visibly moved by the gesture and giving his boss a huge hug.
He then tried on his new shoes and appeared very pleased with his gift, as the other players chanted “papa” jokingly, referencing the father-son relationship between player and manager.
Mourinho also praised the player for his coolness in front of goal, saying that his technique and strong mentality makes him a fantastic player, and that he is a humble kid who absorbs everything from everyone around him.
Jose Mourinho management style
The Roma boss is famed for his player-management style throughout his trophy-laden career, with former players such as Swedish ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic saying that they would willingly “die for him” on the football field.
Mourinho once said that “a coach must be everything: a tactician, motivator, leader, methodologies, psychologist”, and his appeal to his players under his guidance has seen the Portuguese win trophies all over Europe.
He started his career as a translator for the late Sir Bobby Robson, learning the trade first-hand and discussing football tactics even late into the night, before he got his first break as the manager of Benfica.
However, he was soon asked to leave due to a disagreement with the club president and took charge of FC Porto in 2002, leading the club to several titles including the Champions League.
He then moved to Chelsea and won 6 trophies in three years, including two back-to-back titles and wrestling supremacy back to West London and establishing the side as one of the top teams in Europe.
Mourinho then moved to Inter Milan following a falling out with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and led the Italian side to an unprecedented treble – The league title, the Copa Italia and the Champions League.
The Bernabeu soon came calling and he took charge of Real Madrid, winning the league title from a very dominant Barcelona side at the time, as well as the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de Espana – that period saw one of the most intense football rivalries ever between Jose Mourinho and Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola.
He then took charge of Man United and reignited his rivalry with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, and led them to the League Cup, FA Community Shield, and Europa League victories in 2017, which remains to be the last time the club has won silverware since Mourinho’s departure.
His next destination saw him take charge at Tottenham Hotspur in an unsuccessful stint before he ended up at his current club, Roma – where he recently snapped at a reporter and called him “not intelligent”.
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