It’s quite common for Malaysians to express admiration for international athletes.
But with rising sports talents in our humble equatorial nation, it looks like international athletes are admiring us as well!
Manchester United player, Daniel James, just revealed that he’s a HUGE fan of Datuk Lee Chong Wei!
The 21-year-old footballer made this revelation during an interview with local sports channel, Stadium Astro.
In the 1-minute video interview, Daniel excitedly tells the host Adam Carruthers how much he admires Malaysia’s badminton hero.
“Lee Chong Wei is just unbelievable to watch!”Daniel James, Man U player via Stadium Astro.
He’s also been following the Chong Wei-Lin Dan rivalry as closely as any Malaysian, calling the competition between the two “amazing.”
As it turns out, Chong Wei and Daniel have been messaging each other!
It all began this July when the Red Devils were in Singapore for the 2019 International Champions Cup.
Chong Wei, an avid Man U fan himself, was there to cheer on his team as they beat Inter Milan at the Singapore National Stadium.
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Great win for United and awesome atmosphere at Singapore! What a finish from Greenwood despite his tender age . Met up with legends Denis Irwin and Berbatov. No one takes a better penalty than Mr Irwin, I am serious. Hopefully next season, I can bring Mew Choo and the kids to Old Trafford as well! Ole, sign Sean Longstaff fast ! 昨晚国际冠军杯新加坡站首场比赛，＂红魔＂曼联Manchester United VS 国际米兰Inter Milan，就在邻国新加坡国家体育馆上演，当然要捧场！ 最终由小将Greenwood攻入全场唯一进球，1比0小胜，全场一片红潮，声援不断，感觉曼联就在自家主场，看得尽兴啊！ #任何体育运动我都爱 #最爱羽毛球
Afterwards, the three-time Olympic silver medalist went up to Daniel for an autograph, but the young footballer wasn’t aware it was Chong Wei!
“I actually signed something for him. Obviously when I was signing, there’s a big long line.Daniel James, Man U player via Stadium Astro.
So I did not really look up too much and did not realise it was him. I would’ve recognised him if I’ve seen him.”
Then, Chong Wei sent Daniel a picture on social media and a dismayed Daniel was sorry to miss the chance to have a good conversation with the former World No 1 badminton star.
In the end, though, the two now have a textual relationship. That’s a mini happy ending to us!
Fingers crossed that the two star crossed athletes will one day meet again and give us the selfie we never knew we wanted until now.
In the meantime, watch Daniel James gush about Lee Chong Wei below: