Dwight Yorke in Vietnam

The Trinidad & Tobago striker, who helped Manchester United win the 1999 European Champions League title, is an FIFA ambassador for the global tour of the World Cup Trophy, funded by Coca-Cola.

Former Manchester United (MU) striker Dwight Yorke took centre stage at a Gala Dinner in Hanoi on January 2 to welcome the FIFA World Cup Trophy to Vietnam.

He told the press it was a great honour of him to come to Vietnam – a beautiful and hospitable nation.

He said he was excited to see crowds of Vietnamese football fans welcome the presence of the World Cup Trophy in Hanoi.

Yorke said he wants to inspire a football-loving spirit among people around the world. “I am happy because I can bring happiness to others,” he confided.

Yorke expressed his hope that Vietnamese football will qualify for the World Cup finals in the future.

Born in 1971 in Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago, Dwight Yorke started his career by playing for Aston Villa FC for nine years. He then joined Manchester United, a move which helped him climb to the top of his career with three historic scores in 1999.

Nicknamed “The Smiling Assassin”, Yorke performed for MU over four years, playing in 95 matches and scoring 47 goals.