JAMES MADDISON paid an emotional tribute to Benik Afobe in Leicester’s game on Sunday after the striker’s two-year-old daughter died suddenly.
Bristol City player Afobe, 26, announced yesterday morning that his daughter Amora had passed away from a severe infection.
Responding to the shock news, Foxes midfielder Maddison took off his shirt after the late winning goal against Everton to reveal a heartfelt message.
It read: “Benik we’re all here for you bro.”
The England ace’s tribute came after Matt Doherty kissed a black armband worn to honour Amora and held it to the sky after he scored for Wolves on Sunday.
A former Wolves player, Afobe received hundreds of condolence messages on social media from ex-colleagues, friends in the game and fans.
Writing on Twitter after Leicester’s win, Maddison posted: “Benik Afobe, no words or messages on my shirt will ever be enough but just want you to know me, Leicester City and the footballing world are here for you and your family.
“Stay strong at this heartbreaking time brother.”
It isn’t the first kind gesture Maddison has made while on a football pitch, the 23-year-old donning special boots in tribute to a young fan who died from cancer at the age of just five earlier in the year.
Afobe confirmed the tragic news that his daughter had died with her family by her side after developing a severe infection on Friday.
In a statement released by the player and wife Lois Smith, they wrote: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that the Afobe family have today confirmed the devastating news that their first child, their beloved daughter Amora, 2, passed away late on Friday evening.
“Amora was taken to hospital for treatment after unexpectedly developing a severe infection.
“Unfortunately she then suffered a number of serious complications and, despite doctors doing absolutely everything that they possibly could, Amora passed away peacefully with the love of her family by her side.
“The entire family have been left totally devastated and heartbroken, and would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time.”