|Goalkeeper Bùi Tiến Dũng has grown in popularity over the last year. — Photo hoahoctro.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Goalkeeper Bùi Tiến Dũng sits atop Việt Nam’s list of people with the most followers on Facebook despite not playing a single minute in the recent ASEAN Football Federation Championship.
The goalie was the starter at the Asian U23 Championship but was sidelined in the AFF Cup during Việt Nam’s brilliant victory.
A year after being a relative unknown, Dũng now has 3,005,158 followers on Facebook and more than 749,000 on Instagram, much more than A-list Vietnamese celebrities like singers Hồ Ngọc Hà and Sơn Tùng M-TP.
Google recently released a report showing that the 21-year-old keeper was one of the most searched individuals in 2018 in Việt Nam.
Two other players on the list were midfielders Nguyễn Quang Hải and Nguyễn Thành Chung. — VNS