Juventus football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s surprise visit to Singapore generated a frenzy among media and fans as supporters crowded the south plaza of Our Tampines Hub on 3 July.
Initially, no specified time of his arrival was given, but nonetheless fans in Singapore flocked to the integrated mall to see the striker in the flesh.
Crowds formed at Our Tampines Hub, which is Singapore's first-ever integrated community and lifestyle building in Tampines. It is located on the grounds of the former Tampines Stadium and Tampines Sports Hall and is part of the Tampines Regional Centre development.
Our Tampines Hub said on its Facebook page it could not "divulge any further details", as the Portuguese forward entered one of the indoor courts, shrouded from view with black screens over the fences.
At about 5pm, the fans were finally rewarded as Ronaldo emerged to loud cheers, waving and giving a thumbs-up sign before leaving in an escorted car.
Ronaldo in Sg especially Tampines hub?Must be happening pic.twitter.com/pCt8APFEee— Mr Zy (@MdShazy) July 3, 2019
Ronaldo posted an Instagram story on Tuesday night of himself shaking hands with Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim.
The 34-year-old Portuguese reportedly arrived on 2 July and visited the Hub on Wednesday before making a school visit the following day.
This was not Ronaldo’s first trip to Singapore.
In 2013, Singapore billionaire Peter Lim flew the superstar over as a marquee guest for his Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship initiative. Then, he also visited Crest Secondary.
It was a fun time meeting these kids at the Singapore Olympic Foundation - Peter Lim Scholarship event! Follow your dreams and never give up!👍🏽🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/qb164DPS76— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 4, 2019
Football legend Cristiano Ronaldo has amassed five Ballon d'Ors, edging out fellow great Lionel Messi in terms of international trophies won.
Ronaldo has already led Portugal to the 2016 European Championship and the 2018-19 Nations League title.
The Juventus striker’s Singapore fans are anticipating seeing him in action soon.