Ellen Degeneres Surprised The Thai Cave Boys With Their Football Hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic
On 10 July, the world sighed in relief as the 13 Thai boys who had been trapped in a Chiang Rai cave for 18 days were successfully rescued
The 12 members of the football team and their coach appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show on Monday, 15 October, to share their experiences from the harrowing ordeal.
Speaking through a Thai translator, the boys revealed that they were not aware that their rescue was so closely watched until they were being treated at a hospital following the rescue mission.
When asked what they wanted to do in the future, the translator said, "A professional football player so that they can take care of their families," which received applause from the crowd.
Knowing that the boys are huge football fans, Ellen asked them who their favourite player was.
After they answered Zlatan Ibrahimovic, she surprised them by bringing their football idol on stage.
Zlatan high-fived all the players as they excitedly smiled at him.
Floored by the amazing team spirit displayed by the boys, the football legend honoured them by exchanging his LA Galaxy's team shirt for their Wild Boars' shirt.
Zlatan praised the Wild Boars team for their extraordinary courage, calling them "braver" than he is
"They show their collective team work. This is probably the best team in the world," he said to Ellen, after honouring them by exchanging his LA Galaxy's team shirt for their Wild Boars' shirt.
As an additional gift to the Wild Boars, Ellen presented them with passes to see Ibrahimovic play in his next game with the LA Galaxy football club and personalised jerseys with her face and logo.