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Big-hearted Birmingham midfielder Olivier Kapo shrugged off the disappointment of the club's Premier League relegation by giving his bootboy a £30,000 Mercedes.

The Frenchman handed the keys to his car to Blues apprentice James McPike as a thankyou gesture for looking after his kit during his first season at St Andrew's.

McPike, 20, had initially been disappointed when Kapo turned down his request for a pair of boots to mark the end of the campaign. But his mood ligthened considerably when Kapo instead gave him the keys to his car.

McPike, who signed professional terms as a 17-year-old earns an estimated £3000 a week - 100 times less than Kapo - and told his team-mate he could not accept as he couldn't afford the insurance.

But Kapo, 27, then drove the shocked youngster to his home, handed him the spare set of keys and the car's logbook and insisted on paying for a year's insurance.

Kapo, on a reported £30,000-a-week and with two other top cars in his drive, will not be getting the bus to training anytime soon, but boss Alex McLeish still admitted it was a fantastic thing to do.

'It was a magnificent gesture and one that's entirely in keeping with Kapo's character,' said the Birmingham boss.

'He's been in Italy with Juventus, one of the biggest clubs in the world, but he clearly has not forgotten the time when he was an aspiring professional himself, hoping to go on to bigger and better things.

'As he was in such a generous mood, I asked him what he had done with the house he had left behind in Turin. Unfortunately, he smiled and said he wanted to keep hold of that.'

:eek: I wonder how many other footballers would do such a thing
 

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Good on him, but lets see if the lad really appreciates it or in 3 years time is doing a Cahsley Cole because he's not learned the true value of hard work and earning your money.
 

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Good jesture but easy when you're bringing in £30,000 pw.
 

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A bootboy makes 3 grand per week in England? :eek: What the hell am i going to college for then?
 

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300 is still top money for most people :wth:

Still good from Kapo not many footballers would do such thing
 

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300 is still top money for most people :wth:

Still good from Kapo not many footballers would do such thing
£300 a week is shit for people in England.
 

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at 17 and probably still living with parents? That is still top money regarding the job he does
 

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What a fantastic gesture :)
 

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He's 20, and i think alot of people arent getting it.He's not a fulltime bootcleaner, he's a youth player under contract.Though must admit at Liverpool you do that when you are 15.
 

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Read it and weep my man.
 
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