Even Northern Ireland players were moved by this boy's reaction to Euro 2016 ticket


In case the recent stories of violence at Euro 2016 has been putting you off following the tournament, this will make everything right with the world again.

Richard McGall, from Ballymena in Co Antrim, filmed the moment he gave his son, Zak, a ticket to see Northern Ireland play in Lyon for his 10th birthday - and his reaction is everything.

Showing that kind of complete and unadulterated happiness that only a child can show, young Zak leapt tearfully into his father's arms - before probably rushing to pack in time for the game the next day.

And the birthday surprises didn't end there, as Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty was so touched by seeing the video go viral that he took to social media to ask for help in finding the family, so he could add a birthday wish of his own.

After defeating Ukraine 2-0 in the match in Lyon on Thursday, Lafferty and his team mates gave Zak and his dad a phone call, and even promised to send them a couple of signed shirts.

Kyle Lafferty took time out of his footballing schedule to call Zak

Delighted dad Richard said: "It makes me proud but it is a bit surreal.

"I am happy that a video clip of me doing something for my son has had this effect on the Northern Ireland team and the fans at this time."

Zak McGall shows some real love for his dad.

Although the Euros has led to a sad story for Ballymena - after local fan Darren Rodgers died after falling from a promnade in Nice - Richard added that it was "brilliant to be part of a good news story."

Good for you, Zak!