Crowd movement, screams of young supporters against the railings ... It was a real welcome rock star was entitled Kylian Mbappé in Shenzhen, southern China, where PSG faces Stade Rennes, Saturday, during the Champions Trophy. "There is a real 'Moubapé' mania in China, it's extraordinary," says Europe 1 microphone Robert Lee, coordinator of PSG supporters groups in China.
Even if they do not manage to pronounce correctly his name (Mbappé becoming "Moubapé"), the French striker replaced in a snap of the fingers the very Neymar media in the hearts of the Chinese, arousing the most reactions among the supporters present in front of the hotels.
Appointment tomorrow in the morning of @ Europe1 report on the "Moubapé" mania. Some even flew 7 hours, like 12-year-old Sun and his mom, to see @KMbappe! PSG # # # Mbappe tropheededchampions PSGSRFC # # Europe1pic.twitter.com / qNpWGZMkpR- Julien Froment (@JulienFroment) July 31, 2019
Jersey number 7 on the back, Sun even flew 7 hours to see the world champion. "He's very strong, he played well at the World Cup, and he's cool, very cool," said the 12-year-old. A passion in which he even trained Chen Yan ming, his mother, who also wears Mbappé's jersey. "This is a good example, he is young, healthy, well educated, it can be a model for my son," she says.
In front of the #PSG hotel, many fans were present. And former MUs converted to Paris. One of the specificities of Chinese fans, who follow the players at the whim of their club. #tropheededchampions#PSGSRFC@Europe1#Europe1pic.twitter.com/XtCbKcN9wt- Julien Froment (@JulienFroment) July 31, 2019
The "Moubapé mania" is also confirmed from a marketing point of view: in China, the French sold more jerseys flocked to his name than his teammate Neymar.