A 23-year-old worker from Kenya has become one of the biggest stars off the field in Qatar. Abubakar Abbas has risen to stardom by saying one simple word: "Metro." Ladies and gentlemen, meet the star of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Metro guy.
The internet and social media — especially TikTok — is incredibly random in terms of what goes viral. Abbas’ popularity spawned on TikTok where videos of him have garnered millions and millions of views.
He’s created a TikTok account that already has over 50,000 followers.
Abbas’ task is simple, he sits in a chair similar to a lifeguard’s and points tourists and fans to Qatar’s metro station using a foam finger. His power comes with his megaphone, where he says that one magic word.
Sometimes he spices it up and adds a “this way” into his directions.
Qatar Metro Guy
Metro man is the most famous person in world cup pic.twitter.com/5KFVRBz2jv— Alan Yap (@alanbahtu) November 23, 2022
This is Qatar’s ‘Metro Man’, an employee who’s become a fan favourite for the way he directs people to the station#Qatar2022 LIVE coverage: https://t.co/aOr8jEUMIY pic.twitter.com/GUDrAFSVdn
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) November 24, 2022
METRO THIS WAY ➡️ICYMI, clips of 'Metro Man' have gone VIRAL thanks to his catchy style of guiding fans to the metro station #FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/lZcWlP2iiT
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 25, 2022
He even made an appearance during the England vs. USA game at Al Bayt stadium where he got to talk to the whole stadium.
Kenya is well represented at Qatar by the Metro guy pic.twitter.com/gF2M25T2zG— Kimani Wa Ngina (@kimaniq) November 26, 2022
They brought out the ‘Metro’ guy at halftime of USA, England! pic.twitter.com/bsMQbrC87Y— Jake Barford (@BFordLancer48) November 25, 2022
Celebrities have visited as the famous Chef Burak stopped by to hear the Metro gospel.
Even Chef Burak went to the Metro Guy pic.twitter.com/6kPgSs5chl— TheRealMvitaOne (@FauzKhalid) November 24, 2022
Qatar organizers have awarded him for his work.
METRO GUY. A mombasa Lad. Went to work in Qatar as a metro direction guy.He was awarded for his good job mashallah.
Thank you bro. @FauzKhalid @A_S_Nassir @HassanAliJoho @SuleimanShahbal @taufiqbalala pic.twitter.com/OgrFDmjtt8
— FAIZ HISHAM (@Faiz_hisham2) November 23, 2022