SCG Muangthong United are proud to welcome to the Kirin Family Aung Thu, who will join the club for the 2019 season, with further options to extend. Aung Thu will wear the #9 jersey and add attacking threat to the line up, playing alongside Adisak Kraison and Teerasil Dangda, and also teaming up with the talented Heberty Fernandes.

Aung Thu was born in the city of Pyinmana, located about 300 kms north of Yangon, and aside the new capital city of Naypyidaw. As a youngster all he thought about was football, and he even opened a small shop to sell shirts and football merchandise.

His nickname became AT9, which is a shortening of his name combined with his preferred number, which he wears to this day, including at SCG Muangthong United.

The family was not well off, but things could have been worse. Aung Thu's father is a police officer, and his mom a trader. Aung Thu is shy by nature, and even with fame remains modest of habit.

Aung Thu is one of 7 children in the family, and his parents always did their best to support their son's passion and talent for football.

Today Aung Thu supports the family with his football income. He's brought his mother to stay with him in Thailand, and his family will visit him often.

As for romance, Aung Thu's heart and mind right now is focused on the game, and he wont let himself be distracted.

Aung Thu caught the eye of German coach Gerd Zeise who was at the helm for Myanmar from 2015 - 2018. Zeise considered Aung Thu as having great potential and to one day play beyond the ASEAN leagues, including Europe.

Aung Thu and Zeise had several years working together, including competiting in the group stage of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Said Zeise, "I think he's the best player Myanmar has. He has a good attitude and works hard. He keeps himself focused despite all the attention from the media, and for these 5 years he's been like a son to me."

"We talk about football all the time. He started from nothing to become the country's best footballer, and without him Myanmar would not have done as well as they have."

At 22 years of age, Aung Thu is just beginning his professional journey, and it likely will extend beyond the Thai League, with interest already being heard about with the J.League.

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