Demand in football-mad Vietnam is soaring for the hand made plaster models of the real 18-carat gold trophy that will go to the winners of the month-long World Cup hosted by Russia that starts Thursday.
"Initially I didn't want to sell the trophies, I was just trying to feed my passion for football and give them to friends and family," said the 57-year-old Manchester United fan. But they proved so popular he now sells them and expects to receive 3,000 orders this year -- triple the number he made in 2014.
With just three assistants in his small workshop he's struggling to keep up with demand.
"I work all day to fill the orders, but it's not enough. I have to work until midnight," said Nhat, exhausted, as workers pour plaster nearby.
His spray-painted gold versions of the coveted trophy sell for just USD 3.50 -- a steal compared to the estimated USD150,000 price tag on the real number designed by the late Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga.
For Nhat's customers, the replicas add a sprinkling of glory before the World Cup.
"If they do, I'll give my trophies away for free," said Nhat.
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