After Falcao last season, it was Leonardo Jardim's turn to offer some precious words of advice to the young footballers of Lefkada, a Greek town on the island of the same name. The club has been a partner of AS Monaco for three seasons.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Red & Whites' coach took part in a training session with children on the island, along with Greek coaches including Andréas Zikos, current director of the AEK Athens Academy (pictured below alongside Filips Dhondt, advisor to Vadim Vasilyev, AS Monaco's Vice-President). Zikos made over 100 appearances for AS Monaco between 2002 and 2006, winning the Coupe de la Ligue (2003) and playing in the Champions League final in 2004. Traianos Déllas, formerly of AS Rome and now coaching in the Greek first division, was also in attendance for Tuesday's fun session.
The Monegasque coach was impressed by the initiative created by club President Dmitry Rybolovlev, and after the session he had this to say: "The importance of forging this kind of partnership is a very good idea by President Dmitry Rybolovlev. Football is universal and you can see that AS Monaco's popularity reaches across borders.
I've had a very good time in the company of the other coaches. I've liked Greece a lot since my time at Olympiakos, and it's always a pleasure to see smiles on children's faces."