Pep Guardiola showed his class by seeking out Harry Arter after Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.
The Cherries midfielder and his fiancée Rachel suffered a devastating loss in December 2015 when their daughter Renne was stillborn.
Having shown remarkable courage, the couple are now expecting another child, with the birth due any day now.
Guardiola, aware of the situation, took to the field at the Vitality Stadium on Monday to pass his best wishes onto Arter and his family.
Arter told the Daily Echo after the game: “He offered his best wishes for me and my partner this week, which was an unbelievable touch.
“He is someone I have a massive amount of respect for. I watched his Barcelona teams - and look at his Manchester City side tonight.
“For me, he is the best manager in the world. I don't think there's anybody close to him and what he has achieved.
“For him to offer that to me, I respected it and accepted it with a smile on my face.”
Guardiola added at his post-match press conference: “He will be a father soon so I said big congratulations to him and his partner because I know what happened in the past, and, hopefully, the baby will be well.”
Arter has a tattoo dedicated to the memory of his daughter on his arm and admits that she provides inspiration for him every time that he takes to the pitch.
He has previously said: “Every single game now I go out to play for her.“I think I need to do her proud and play as well as I physically can, so that if she’s watching she’ll be happy.”