(Persia digest)- A short video clip is being passed around social media in Iran these days that is cheering everyone up. The Iranian football legend, Ali Daei, is the hero of this real story. This Saipa club manager meets the excited children of a football school in Ramhormoz after his team’s victory in a league competition.

One of the overwhelmed kids tries to Kiss Daei’s hand, which meets with the resistance of Iran’s former national team player. He kisses the little boy’s forehead and tells him: ‘Kiss your parents’ hands only, OK?’

The video has gone viral on social media as Daei makes a stance against traditional panegyrics and flatteries rife among the people of Iran and some other parts of the world as a sign of respect and devotion, and perhaps as a means of getting what they want from important, reputable individuals.

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