September 19, 2019 / 12:24 PM / 2 months ago

Pukki fever reaches France as Macron is gifted Finn's jersey

Soccer Football - Premier League - Norwich City v Manchester City - Carrow Road, Norwich, Britain - September 14, 2019 Norwich City's Teemu Pukki celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley/Files

(Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron has become the unlikely owner of a Teemu Pukki jersey, but he did not have to swap shirts with the Finnish striker who has emerged as the Premier League’s standout player this season.

Macron was gifted a jersey bearing the name of Finland’s soccer hero after an official meeting with the country’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne at the Elysee Palace in France on Wednesday.

Rinne later posted a photo of the pair with Macron holding what the Finland Prime Minister described as a “small gift.”

Pukki has taken the English top flight by storm this season, scoring six goals and providing two assists in five matches for promoted Norwich City.

The 29-year-old Finland international was named the Premier League player of the month for August and celebrated the award by scripting a shock 3-2 victory over champions Manchester City in their last match.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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