It was long ago that the world was gripped by the story of a team of 12 young Thai football players trapped inside a cave for around 18 days before being rescued. Months after the tragic incident, members of the Wild Boars youth team achieved their dream of meeting some of the biggest football stars on Sunday.
The 12 squad members were in attendance at the 'Theater of Dreams' as Manchester United edged past Everton 2-1 in a thrilling Premier League fixture. Prior to the match, the Wild Boars team were invited to the Red Devils training complex in Carrington, where they got to meet club manager Jose Mourinho.
To make it sweeter, the youngsters were given the best seats in the house as they got to enjoy the match in the presence of Manchester United legend Eric Cantona. This is not all, after the match, they had the chance of meeting Premier League stars like Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Fred, Andreas Pereira, and Diogo Dalot among others.
However, this is not the first the boys have attracted attention from the world, since their dramatic escape from the caves in Northern Thailand. They were invited as special guests at the 2018 Youth Olympics held in Argentina, where they played a friendly match too.
Earlier this month, the young players also met up with former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is currently plying his trade in the MLS with LA Galaxy. The Sweden all-time goalscorer surprised the kids on the sets of famous American television talk show with Ellen DeGenere, and also hailed the bravery the boys showed during those tough times.
Meanwhile, the world was recently taken by shock after it was revealed that Premier League club Leicester City's owner and Thai businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among the five to lose their lives in the aftermath of the tragic helicopter crash close the club's stadium on Saturday.
A stream of fans already fearing the worst had laid out flowers, football scarves and Buddhist prayers outside the grounds after Saturday's accident in tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha -- the man they credit for an against-all-odds Premiership victory in 2016.