Crowds gathered on Oxford Street, London as football icon David Beckham dropped by the newly re-opened adidas store to surprise more than 100 waiting Manchester United fans – including 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. It is available to buy now from all adidas stores and www.adidas.co.uk.
(Report & Photo courtesy adidas Press Release)