Malaga CF, a Spanish football club that plays in the third division, has not had much to celebrate in recent years. Málaga made it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League just over ten years ago. At La Rosaleda, big names like Ruud van Nistelrooy, Javier Saviola, and Julia Baptista were performing while the club experienced an all-time high level of success.
The club has been struggling with financial and administrative problems in recent times and has failed to make any significant signings this summer. However, some of the loyal fans decided to have some fun and protest the club's situation in a humorous way.
In a video that went viral on social media, a group of Malaga fans dressed in the club's colors and went to the airport to welcome a random stranger as if he were a new signing. They cheered, chanted, waved flags, and asked for autographs and selfies. They also interviewed the bewildered tourist, who played along with the prank. One of the fans even pretended to be the club's owner, Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, who has been widely criticized by the supporters.
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The video was originally posted in July but resurfaced again in August, and the fans hoped that their stunt would draw attention to the club's plight and urge the management to take action. They also wanted to show their love and passion for Malaga CF, despite the difficulties. Since the video came out, the club has strengthened the team with several new players, including Portuguese center-back Nélson Monte, Spanish central midfielder Juanpe, and Spanish winger Juan Hernández.