PM Lee rolled back the years to come off the bench on Monday and enjoy a fairytale start to his professional football career, lifting the MSL trophy on his first appearance for the LionsXII.
The joyous scenes that surrounded Lee junior after the final whistle blew at Jalan Besar stadium were not something that all fans had initially dared to hope for. “To be honest, the PM is not getting any younger, and we’ve all heard the rumours that he can’t shoot straight” said former journalist Peter Lim, “but our fears were allayed when we saw the PM athletically leap from the bench and make an unstoppable run for the silverware as soon as the final whistle blew”.
Another fan, Calvin Cheng, was more gushing in his praise. “This will be front page news tomorrow. Just look at his contribution. The former Brigadier General’s supreme upper body strength is there for all to see as he lifts the trophy” said the one-time Nominated Member of Parliament. “Today’s performance from our PM was possibly the greatest individual sporting performance since his father knocked out Mike Tyson at Madison Square Garden. The superior genetics of the whole family were very clearly on show tonight”.
Despite having not yet witnessed Lee kick a ball professionally, Mr Cheng was leading the calls for the PM to take his football career to the next level. “Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester United? It is really a question of when, not if”.
Doubts over new career
Others were more circumspect in their assessment of the PM’s professional prospects. “Although the option is surely there, it is unlikely to be something that materializes. The PM has often been too busy running the country to hold elections, so it is not clear how he would find the time to attend training sessions” said one member of the Lions squad speaking after the match. Others further noted that the PM, with leadership roles at GIC, the PAP and the PA, and who is also known to be a smooth operator in the property market, is likely to be too busy to devote much time to a prospective football career.
Officials at Manchester United also appeared to pour cold water on a possible transfer, stating that although the Red Devils were considering a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, a deal for PM Lee was out of the question – “Too expensive.” said one lawyer speaking for the club – “obviously the best man for the job, but we just can’t match his salary demands”.