Ottenham player Cristian Romero may have a reputation as a ruthless defender on the pitch, but off it it’s safe to say he has a heart of gold.
The Argentina international’s family has revealed how he used his early earnings from his football career to buy his mother her very first house.
“My birthday was coming up and three weeks before they took me to visit different houses,” his mother, Rosa, told Argentine radio Super Deportivo.
“I thought it was a house that Cuti wanted to buy for himself, because I always insisted that he invest in such a house. I didn’t have my own house and when he showed me around he asked me if I liked it.
“I was delighted, it was a very beautiful, brand new house and suddenly he said to me: ‘This house is your birthday present’.
“I still remember it today and I can’t talk much about it, I’m emotional…”
Romero, 25, made his debut in senior football with Club Atletico Belgrano, the team based in his hometown of Cordoba.
After two seasons, the Italian club Genoa brought him to Europe before joining Juventus, Atalanta then Tottenham.
His father, Victor, recalled that he knew nothing of Romero’s plans to surprise his mother.
“With his first salary, I remember he called his mother and asked her to choose the house she wanted,” he said. “He then gave the house to his mother.”