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Canadian soccer legend leaves Winnipeg player ‘on cloud 9’ after giving away cleats

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ABOVE: Ava Manshanden was given Christine Sinclair's cleats after Thursday's game. – Jun 12, 2017

Ava Manshanden still can’t stop smiling after Canadian soccer great Christine Sinclair took off her own cleats and handed them to the 10-year-old after Thursday’s game.

Ava’s team, the Bonivital Flames, were at Investors Group Field for the match between Canada and Costa Rica.

READ MORE: Canada beats Costa Rica 3-1 in women’s soccer friendly in Winnipeg

They were invited to walk on the field with Team Canada during the pre-game ceremonies but their coach, Steve Dreger, said they were told only 11 kids could participate. The team has 12.

“Ava volunteered to not walk on the field with the players for the anthems,” Dreger said.

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Christine Sinclair signs an autograph for 10-year-old Ava Manshanden. Steve Dreger / Submitted
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Ava Manshanden and Christine Sinclair pose for a photo after Thursday's game. Steve Dreger / Submitted
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Posing with the team during Thursday's game. Steve Dreger / Submitted
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Ava's team poses with the Canadian flag. Steve Dreger / Submitted

Team Canada heard about her gesture and when Sinclair met the team, she told Ava she would give her her cleats after the game.

In the photo you can see Ava beaming, holding the shoes, as Sinclair walks away in socks.

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