Spanish stag gets to meet up with Swansea City star Michu
HE'S the man of the moment, one of the most talked about soccer stars in the Premier League and a target for big- name clubs across Europe — everyone, it seems, wants a piece of Michu.
Can you imagine the surprise, then, if you were one of his biggest fans and your mates whisked you away on your stag weekend, having arranged for you to meet your hero?
And add the fact that you live in Michu's home country, Spain, and the surprise includes a near 1,000-mile journey to the Liberty Stadium, to see him play, then it would be difficult to imagine a better send-off into married life.
And to top it all add in meeting Cyril the Swan and a stadium tour and not even Carlsberg — if they did stag nights — could match it.
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This is the exact scenario played out by a group of seven friends from San Sebastian in the Basque country.
The first 36-year-old groom Iker Mintegui knew of the trip was in a car after his mates had taken him on a plane to Manchester Airport on Friday.
He said: "It was a really, really good surprise. I don't have the words to describe how I feel. I didn't realise we were coming to Swansea until we were in the car and on the road. Then I saw a sign for Swansea."
The bank worker, who stayed in a city centre hotel, could not believe it when, following the Swans win over Newcastle, he got to meet his hero.
He said: "It felt like I was in a dream and I'm very pleased with my friends and Swansea City for giving me the chance to meet Michu. He was brilliant and gave me a present of a T-shirt and trousers. He spoke with us for a while and we took some pictures and all was brilliant."
He added: "The Liberty Stadium, the city and its people are fantastic, I will come back after the wedding with my wife. We want to thank all the people from Swansea who helped us make this dream possible."
A spokesman for the Swans said: "Michu was more than happy to meet them after the game. It proves that the popularity of the Swans is now global."