Tottenham ball boy Callum Hynes has described the “surreal” moment Jose Mourinho gave him a high-five as one one of the best days of his life.
Mourinho’s first Champions League game in charge of his new side saw his team go two goals down Olympiacos.
That was before a spirited comeback played out inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as 15-year-old ball boy Callum contributed to the equaliser just four minutes into the second half.
Along the right touchline, Giorgos Masouras tackled Serge Aurier to put the ball out of play.
Using the multi-ball system, Callum threw a ball straight away to Aurier, who then took a quick throw to Lucas Moura, who crossed for Harry Kane to fire home from close range.
His quick thinking saw Mourinho head straight towards him on the edge of the pitch and high-five a smiling Callum.
“It’s all a bit surreal,” said Callum, now into his sixth season as a ballboy, told Tottenham’s website .
“I was just doing my job and I still can’t quite believe what happened.
“I didn’t even see the goal! I was busy getting the ball that had come off (after Masouras tackled Serge) and then I heard the cheer. I turned around and Harry was celebrating.
“I looked at the replay on the screen and watched exactly what happened. You can see from my smile it was just unbelievable.
“Jose didn’t have to do that. It was really nice of him to come over to me. It’s made my day, my life, really! I love Spurs and it was an amazing moment I’ll never forget.”
Callum couldn’t hang around for long at full-time though, and he’ll be bitterly disappointed after Mourinho admitted he tried to find him to invite him into the dressing room afterwards.
Callum had to rush off as he had a maths exam at school the next day.
“The whole way home I was using a torch in the car to go over my maths revision!” Callum added.
Thankfully, Southend High School for Boys agreed to move his exam to Thursday.
His mother Keeley added: “We were in the stadium and saw Jose go over to Callum. We just thought it was going to be a high-five and didn’t expect any more than that but then both of our phones started pinging!
“The smile on Callum’s face! It was such a lovely thing that Jose did to say thanks like that.
“Callum always says that by sitting on the touchline watching these players he learns so much and takes it all away with him for his own football. I’m so proud of him.”
Callum will be hoping he can play his part once again when Spurs host Bournemouth on Saturday (3pm).