Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic among stars to sign Welwyn Garden City fan’s shirt

PUBLISHED: 14:37 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:12 07 March 2017

Sophie with Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney. Picture credit: MUDSA

Sophie with Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney. Picture credit: MUDSA

ELIZABETH BAKER

Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were among Manchester United stars to sign a Welwyn Garden City woman’s shirt before she sold it for charity.

Puddini bonbon, Zlatan? Picture credit: MUDSAPuddini bonbon, Zlatan? Picture credit: MUDSA

Sophie Constable, 26, is a member of the football club’s Disabled Supporters’ Association (MUDSA), and was able to meet her idols at a Christmas party last year.

Passionate United fan Sophie seized the opportunity to get 16 players to sign her shirt – offering homemade Christmas puddini bonbons in return – before she auctioned if off for £500.

Sophie said: “It was definitely exciting, I was really happy.

“I loved meeting all of them.

Sophie with a Christmas message from Paul Pogba. Picture credit: MUDSASophie with a Christmas message from Paul Pogba. Picture credit: MUDSA

“My favourite is Paul Pogba and I also like Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”

The money went to a community in Sebeya, northern Ethiopia – which is currently experiencing its worst drought for decades.

It is being supported by Sophie’s parish, the Holy Family church in Knightsfield, through aid agency CAFOD.

“I wanted to do this because it’s about putting other people before yourself and because I love Africa so much,” she added.

Abba Solomon Beyene, parish priest of Sebeya’s Holy Trinity Church told Sophie: “Your generosity is positively changing the lives of the people in my community.”

Sophie has previously helped raise money through raffles and auctions for numerous other appeals – and has also been an altar server at her parish for 18 years.


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