Hertha Berlin player celebrates goal in Spider-Man mask for 8-year-old fan battling cancer

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Five months ago, Hertha Berlin midfielder Anis Ben-Hatira met an eight-year-old fan named Jannik. The boy was in the hospital battling Leukemia, but the pair made each other a couple of promises, which Ben-Hatira shared with an Instagram photo.

He wrote:

Jannik is 8 years old and has cancer. We decided to fight against his illness together. In such moments I realize: a healthy person has 1000 desires. A sick person just one.

Cute guy: you promised me to recover and I promised to stay on your side while the chemotherapy. I will visit you regularly.

In less than 6 month we will stand in front of the fans in the Olympic stadium and celebrate your recovery!

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The two new friends each remained committed to those promises. Jannik made progress with his recovery and Ben-Hatira kept visiting, even donning a Spider-Man mask on occasion to lift the youngster’s spirits.

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On Saturday, Hertha Berlin faced Schalke and Ben-Hatira scored the first goal in what would be a 2–2 draw, as he made his first appearance after returning from injury. And he celebrated by putting on the Spider-Man mask, as per Jannik’s request.

After the match Ben-Hatira’s prediction from back in October came true when he and Jannik celebrated the boy’s recovery in front of the fans at the Olympic Stadium.

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A day earlier Ben-Hatira shared another message on Instagram that, fair warning, will probably make you cry. He wrote:

Hi guys,
a few month ago I introduced you to my friend Jannik. Jannik got hit by his fortune in a really bad way and he is fighting against cancer. Even thought he is a little man — he fights like Superman against his illness. Jannik puts bravery on another level and I am totally impressed by his will and strength. It was a very hard time and Jannik and his whole family suffered a lot. I tried my very best to be always on his side and luckily we can say now: there seems to be progress.

As a sign of my admiration I asked Jannik if he would do me a favor within the next weeks. I would love to enter the Olympic Stadium on his side! His braveness will be an example for all of us.

Jannik, you are my little superhero! I am blessed to be part of the moment when you enter the stage again!

Yours, Änis

And that’s how Anis Ben-Hatira became your new favorite footballer.

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