Crowds gathered yesterday on Oxford Street as footballing icon David Beckham dropped by the newly re-opened adidas store to surprise more than 100 waiting Manchester United fans – including the London-based grime hit-maker Stormzy.
The Old Trafford hero was celebrating the launch of the new Manchester United away shirt for 2016/17. Shoppers who visit the adidas store on Oxford Street in the next seven days [before Wednesday May 18] will have the chance to win a shirt signed by David Beckham.
At the event, Stormzy named Beckham in his all-time Manchester United XI before the footballer stunned the musician and awestruck audience by entering the stage.
David Beckham signed a new Manchester United shirt for Stormzy, whilst Stormzy returned the favour by signing a photograph for David’s son Brooklyn.
A crowd of more than 100 football fans – including players from the adidas 4-a-side Tango League [in London] had been invited to the store to pick up their new Manchester United shirts and meet special guests.
The lucky fans then had the opportunity to ask questions of midfielder Beckham as the refurbished adidas store played host to an exclusive version of YouTube channel Copa 90’s talkshow ‘Comments Below’, hosted by Poet & Vuj.
David Beckham said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to be back in London. It is my home and I love this city. It has been great to spend time meeting Man Utd fans at the adidas store – in particular Stormzy – whose music I enjoy and know well – as it is always pumping out from Brooklyn’s bedroom!”
Stormzy added: “It has been my dream to meet David Beckham since I was a youngster. He is a gentleman and hasn’t disappointed. I hope I wasn’t too fanboy around him – but he gave me a signed Manchester United shirt and that will be framed and going up on the studio wall ASAP.”
Omar Fatti, an 18-year-old student from Wembley said: “When I saw David Beckham at the adidas store on Oxford street I was pretty shocked. Someone was saying it’s not real, it’s a hologram. It was amazing and pretty surreal at the same time. It was amazing to watch him and Stormzy chat on stage!”
The new Manchester United away shirt, by adidas, includes recycled materials and Climacool technology to keep players cool and dry for optimum comfort and performance.
David Beckham, speaking at the launch of the 2016/17 Manchester United away kit at the newly-reopened adidas Store on Oxford Street, said:
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Tell us what you’re doing in London today?
DB: It’s the re-opening of the adidas store on Oxford Street, I only live 10 minutes down the road so it’s nice to be here. We’ve also launched the new adidas Manchester United away kit.
What do you think of the new Manchester United away kit?
DB: I’m always excited when the club release a new kit and I think adidas have created a great design. I like it and I think it’s going to be a big hit with the fans and players.
You met Stormzy today. How was that?
DB: Stormzy is a great guy and a humble person, he’s obviously very talented so it was awesome to meet him today. It’s the first time we’ve met but my kids are big fans of his.
What do you think of PFA Young Player of the Year Award winner Dele Alli?
DB: I like Dele Alli as a player because he plays with no fear. He is a young and confident player who is not afraid to show how good he is on the field. Every fan, every England fan, every Tottenham fan wants to see him step onto the field and do well at Euro 2016.
What advice have you got for young England players going in to their first tournament?
DB: Go out there and enjoy it because these occasions don’t come around that often. When you have a chance to play for your country and a chance to play in a big competition, you have got to enjoy the moment and just go out for the win.
Did you think a team like Leicester City could defy the odds and win the Premier League this season?
DB: It is amazing after Leicester had the season they did last year, fighting against relegation. It is an unbelievable story. They deserve it because they have proved themselves week in and week out and have been the best team in the league this year. They have an amazing team spirit but they also have amazing talent and when you have that combination with a manager as experienced as Claudio Ranieri, anything is possible in football. They have proved that this year.
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