Newcastle and Atlanta United fans have forged a new friendship thanks to their mutual adoration for Miguel Almiron, but fans of the MLS outfit have taken offence to an article in The Evening Chronicle this week.
Newcastle finally smashed their transfer record to bring Almiron to Tyneside, shelling out £20m to bring the dynamic playmaker to the Premier League.
The 24 year-old scored 22 goals and added 21 assists in 70 showings in Atlanta, winning the MLS Cup in his final season there.
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It is not only his actions on the pitch that endeared him so much to the fans across the pond though, as his infectious passion for the shirt he wears and his sheer love of football made him the figurehead of Atlanta’s newest sports franchise.
An article in the Chronicle has contradicted that statement though, saying: “Unlike MLS, he cannot walk down the street. With the fans in the USA it was all very quiet; in England they recognise him and he is often asked for photos and autographs.”
Almiron’s fans in Atlanta are still his fans now, with many of them adopting the Magpies as their second team, and they have taken quite a lot of offence to the notion that he was not adored as a superstar during his time in the states.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, where you can see just how highly folks think of the Paraguayan international…
Atlanta loved Miggy. We just didn't crowd him.
— DanaBlankenhorn (@danablankenhorn) March 13, 2019
False. He was very known around Atlanta. He would even annoyed with so much people asking for pictures, because he just wanted to look for a community to just chill. However, he was always bombarded with fame.
— Octavio Aguado (@octavioaguado33) March 13, 2019
Yeah… no… ATL Loved that Miggy.
— Pete ⭐️Lacey (@Pete527) March 13, 2019
Lol he was a god here in Atlanta. We are just respectful of personal space
— Mark H (@markieh18) March 13, 2019
This is such an arrogant and uninformed article. #ATLUTD supporters cherished and respected Miggy. MLS is popular in the US as are their star players. Atlanta fans will educate you on this, no doubt.
— The Right Toon (@RightToon) March 14, 2019
#FakeNews – Miggy was adored by his fans!
— Hector Lujan (@hectorlujandiaz) March 14, 2019
Dude was basically worshipped in Atlanta, he and others were always posted in pictures/videos when fans would see him around.
— Christian D (@Christianj_D) March 14, 2019
Atl loves Miggy we just aren’t weird about it.
— jake (@jakedplunkett) March 14, 2019