Sunderland have offered very little to the Premier League in terms of football this season, but off the pitch they have perhaps given us one of the best stories of the Premier League era, let alone the season.
The Black Cats may have been relegated to the Championship but every fan in the country has been warmed by the story of Bradley Lowery, the terminally ill fan who has had the support of the entire footballing family this term, but especially from one of his heroes.
Sunderland and England striker Jermain Defoe has gone more than the extra mile to support Bradley in his fight against cancer, forming a close relationship with the youngster, who turned six on Wednesday.
Bradley was in for another memorable moment when Defoe, whom he walked out with at Wembley earlier this season, turned up at his birthday party, along with Sunderland teammate Vito Mannone.
— ITV News Tyne Tees (@itvtynetees) May 19, 2017
The striker’s latest gesture has once again had fans praising the former Tottenham man for going against the normal trend of Premier League footballers…
— Jags6 EFC (@BlueSarah1878) May 19, 2017
@itvtynetees Defoe is an absolute diamond.
— Unredacted Blue (@quagmireisablue) May 19, 2017
— Sarcastic&Bombastic (@SarcyToTheNth) May 19, 2017
— Lord Taylor (@Taylor_Liam93) May 20, 2017
— Reecetop10 (@Stainrodspeg) May 19, 2017
@itvtynetees Wonderful to see the bond between them both. Proof that not all footballers are self absorbed morons.
— Terry Owen (@terry77owen) May 20, 2017
— Scöttböx (@scott8458) May 19, 2017