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David Beckham's Weibo Account an instant hit

David Beckham, the superstar soccer legend, who is also China's soccer envoy, arrived in Beijing on Monday on his private plane for his second China trip which has a focus on charity. He also gave his  Chinese fans another surprise besides his very own presence: his Sina-verfied official Weibo account.

David Beckham's official Weibo, founded on June 17. Photo: weibo.com

The 38-year-old is a heartthrob for millions of Chinese girls and an idol to millions of Chinese boys. Within a day, his account has attracted over 373 thousand followers. His first Weibo "Hi I am David! Welcome to the OFFICIAL David Beckham Sina Page! Talk to you soon!" induced a comment frenzy within minutes. Fans were exhilarated by his Weibo presence and did not hold back in expressing their love, sometimes in awkward English:

@欧阳傻远:our man god.

@迷迈克尔:Man me Love

@安琪琪Angel77:WELCOME!!Love you forever David~~~

Beckham's Weibo also features a special translation function which enables his Chinese fans who do not read English to be able to understand his posts. Beckham's wife Victoria, who will join her husband on Sunday, has had her own verified Weibo account since September 2012 @VictoriaBeckham which is the first Weibo that Beckham followed.

Beckham's first two posts. Photo: weibo.com

Besides following Michael Owen, KobeBryant, Rio Ferdinand, and Wayne Rooney, Beckham also follows the official Weibo of the Chinese National Soccer Team @中国足球队 who has been under fire since their "humiliating" defeat to Thailand, which ranked 47 places lower than China, on a home match last Saturday. Beckham was appointed ambassador for the Chinese Super League (CSL) and the Youth Football Program in China during his first trip to China in March.


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