Chinese fan gets hug and kiss on stage from superstar Ronaldo
She had seen online reports of how her idol Cristiano Ronaldo hugged and kissed a lucky fan at a promotional event in Japan on Tuesday, but thought she wouldn't be as fortunate.
But, in the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong ballroom, Dong Mengshu's wildest dreams came true at the Asia launch of MTG's Body Revolution Project, for which the Real Madrid superstar is an ambassador.
Dong was one of three fans - and the only female - who got to ask the 30-year-old a question on stage, after which each of them got a hug from the Portuguese forward.
But, as the 20-year-old leaned in for her hug, Ronaldo embraced her (above) and pecked her on the cheeks, leaving the undergraduate momentarily dumbfounded.
She left the stage covering her mouth with both hands, occasionally feeling her cheek for any residual effects of the friendly peck from the footballer, who looked dapper in a light-blue shirt, blue blazer and pants.
The shy girl did not want to be interviewed by the Chinese media, but told The New Paper: "It was unbelievable, I saw online that he kissed another fan in Tokyo, but I thought that wouldn't happen here.
"I have been following him since the 2010 World Cup Finals and my mind just went blank when he kissed me on the cheek."
The former Manchester United player's star power was never in doubt, with most of the 300-plus crowd surging towards the stage for the photo call at the end of the media event.
Cries of "Cristiano", "I love you" and "You're the best" were heard as the footballer and the other VIPs were illuminated by an endless stream of camera flashes.
While Dong and the other two fans had been lucky to meet their idol up close and personal, another tried to rush onto the stage right after the meet-and-greet session.
She was swiftly stopped by a security personnel and escorted out of the room, with her outstretched arms still holding onto a marker and a Real Madrid jersey.
It was Ronaldo's first visit to China and he said he will be back really soon.
Dong asked: "Would you come back to China again soon?"
"I am coming back soon with Real Madrid," he answered, referring to the club's tour there later this month.
The Los Blancos will play Inter Milan in Guangzhou on July 27, and Milan in Shanghai three days later.
Expect even more Ronaldo-mania then.
How to have his abs the easier way
As much as he is revered around the world for his footballing skills, Cristiano Ronaldo's perfectly toned abs have been the envy of many, both men and women.
Now, one company is offering the average person the chance to work towards having washboard abs with the Portuguese superstar's help.
Launched yesterday in Shanghai by Japanese company MTG, the Training Gear Sixpad will help the user build muscles while not exercising.
The product is based on the research done by Professor Toshio Moritani of the Kyoto University on electrical muscle stimulation, which determined that fast-twitch muscles in a person's body are best stimulated and developed on a 20Hz frequency.
MTG then designed the product to be sleek, so that the Sixpad can be worn under a person's clothes as he goes about his daily routine.
The 84-gram Abs Fit - which trains the abdominal muscles - has a 23-minute programme designed by Ronaldo, and the pads are fashioned after the Real Madrid forward's own abs.
MTG president Tsuyoshi Matsushita explained that the Portuguese forward, who had endorsed other wellness products under the brand last year, had invited him to watch a Real Madrid game in Spain, and then hosted him at home late last year.
Matsushita said: "I first presented him with designs of the product there and we discussed it for four to five hours.
"He is also part of the design: In his home I lifted his shirt and measured the size of each of his abs, and the colours - black and orange - matched those of his sunglasses on the table where we had the discussion.
"People who are world famous are not just motivated by money, and it's not just the face-to-face conversations that matter, but also soul to soul."
"He is not a client to me, but a partner," added the Japanese, who also revealed that the company will release a special Ronaldo range of products in December or January.
Last year, Ronaldo also endorsed the company's Facial Fitness Pao - which trains one's facial muscles - as well as the ReFa Active products, which relax muscles and help to stimulate the brain.
Ronaldo said: "I am very happy and honoured to be here to present the Sixpad and other products... I use the Pao before I have photo shoots and it will help me tone my facial muscles.
"And after using the Sixpad I would use the ReFa Active products to help my muscles relax. So these are fantastic products."
Following the Sixpad's official launch yesterday, the product will be available in Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
Aibi International is the sole distributor for the product in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, where the recommended retail price is $299 and available from today.
Also in stores from today is the Sixpad Bodyfit, a smaller version that is used on arms and thighs, which costs $229.