Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez's Atom and Humber mark Chinese New Year
As the Chinese New Year starts, several football clubs marked the Year of the Dog by sharing their best wishes on social media.
Barcelona kicked things off by letting Lionel Messi do the honours.
🐶💙❤— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 15, 2018
Happy Chinese New Year from Barça!
¡Feliz Año Nuevo chino!
Feliç Any Nou xinès!
Michael Owen shared a special message with everybody celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Happy Chinese New Year to everyone celebrating. I hope the Year of the Dog is full of peace, happiness and prosperity. pic.twitter.com/DtZsFUFaEI— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 16, 2018
Bayern Munich wished their supporters "good health and happiness" in Chinese.
犬守太平世，仁开如意春！拜仁慕尼黑足球俱乐部恭祝全体球迷狗年大吉，身体健康，阖家幸福，恭喜发财！ pic.twitter.com/RtV7Jpfzij— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 15, 2018
AC Milan went one step further and had their players deliver the message by actually attempting to speak Chinese (with mixed results).
Happy #CNY2018 to the Chinese Rossoneri, from the whole Red&Black family! ㊗🇨🇳🎋— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 15, 2018
Buon Capodanno a tutti i tifosi del Milan in Cina, dalla grande famiglia rossonera! ㊗🇨🇳🎋#ChineseNewYear pic.twitter.com/tyO7uu0R1y
And of course Manchester United rang in the Year of the Dog in fitting style.
Lovely stuff. Atom and Humber, Alexis Sanchez's faithful labradors, are certainly proving popular with United's social media department so far.
Here's wishing a happy, prosperous Chinese New Year to all of those who are celebrating.
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