This is the new curiosity in Béarn, Nguyen Quang Hai alias the “Vietnamese Messi”. The 25-year-old player put his suitcases down almost a month ago at the foot of the castle of Henry IV, if we cannot yet judge his impact on the near, he is already visible on the networks of Pau FC.
It was one of the rumors of the month of June, the “Vietnamese Messi” was very close to signing up for Pau, 10th during the last Ligue 2 exercise. At the end of his contract with his Hanoi club, Nguyen Quang Hai was finally made official on Wednesday, June 29.
Physically, first, the Vietnamese international (43 sel., 10 goals) shares a small size with the sevenfold Argentine Ballon d’Or, 1m68. Left-handed then, with a technique of ease well above the average, also capable of being decisive on the free kick. All this together quickly recovered to make Nguyen Quang Hai a star in his country.
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The Vietnamese international attacking midfielder ud83cuddfbud83cuddf3 (45 caps) joins Pau FC for the next two seasons
He will wear the number 1️⃣9️⃣ of Pau FC pic.twitter.com/ViwBDETpzK
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Papa Ibou Kébé, French striker who knew Quang Hai Nguyen in Hanoi, presented the rookie from Pau in So Foot: “He’s a little left-hander. He really has a touch of the ball, how to say… soft. He’s beautiful to see him play, he’s elegant. And he goes very, very fast in his sequences. He’s a player who can play anywhere. His specialty? Control of the sole, passing from the outside. And it’s going fast : tack-tack.”
A marketing stunt
The immediate effect of the signing of Quang Hai Nguyen in Pau was seen on the club’s social networks, with in particular a massive influx of new subscriptions in the first hours, around 300,000 on Facebook. With the “Vietnamese Messi”, who has around 3 million followers, Pau offers himself a real star of Vietnam and Southeast Asia and therefore opens up a significant potential market.
The Pau FC Facebook page has gone from 30,000 subscribers to 360,000 subscribers thanks to the arrival of the “Vietnamese Messi”, Quang Hai Nguyen! Incredible enthusiasm! ud83dude33 ud83cuddfbud83cuddf3
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A true head of the gondola of many brands in his country, the Béarnais offer themselves an important spotlight even before the start of the championship. To see now if he can export his football in this difficult Ligue 2 championship. The “Vietnamese Messi” could not prevent his people from being slapped 4-0 by Guingamp during the first day (entry into play ).