In a heart-warming gesture of good will, Borussia Dortmund have offered to fund the studies of injured youth player Dario Scuderi.
Scuderi, 19, has has been out of action since suffering a career-threatening left knee injury in a UEFA Youth League match with Legia Warsaw last September, and it remains to be seen whether the Italian right-back will be able to play professionally again.
"It [was] the worst injury you could possibly imagine," commented Scuderi's surgeon, Professor Michael Strobel at the time. "Pretty much everything tore: the ligaments, all the muscle and tendons."
Scuderi, who won Bundesliga youth titles in 2015 and 2016, was reportedly on the brink of breaking into the Dortmund senior team when the horror injury struck.
The story garnered the attentions of football stars Thiago Alcantara, Francesco Totti, Andrea Pirlo and Paolo Maldini, all of whom took to social media to wish the Dortmund youngster well.
Gute und schnelle Besserung, Dario Scuderi! pic.twitter.com/gTC8GcoBjY— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) September 16, 2016
With his future as a professional footballer uncertain, Scuderi is planning to study Sports Management. According to Germany's leading sports specialist magazine kicker, Dortmund will foot the bill.
BVB's benevolent act continues a summer of grand gestures in the Bundesliga. In the last couple of months alone, Bayern Munich replaced a supporter's broken mug for nothing, relegated Darmstadt offered disadvantaged fans free entry to home matches and Hertha Berlin thanked local firefighters for their efforts in the recent floods with invitations to the capital club's friendly with Liverpool.