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 By Chris Wright

Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez's Atom and Humber mark Chinese New Year

As the Chinese New Year starts, several football clubs marked the Year of the Dog by sharing their best wishes on social media.

Barcelona kicked things off by letting Lionel Messi do the honours.

Michael Owen shared a special message with everybody celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Bayern Munich wished their supporters "good health and happiness" in Chinese.

AC Milan went one step further and had their players deliver the message by actually attempting to speak Chinese (with mixed results).

And of course Manchester United rang in the Year of the Dog in fitting style.

Lovely stuff. Atom and Humber, Alexis Sanchez's faithful labradors, are certainly proving popular with United's social media department so far.

Here's wishing a happy, prosperous Chinese New Year to all of those who are celebrating.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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