With football growing more and more business-minded by the day, many fans will complain that the vast amounts of money and corporate interests are ruining the beautiful game.
But there is one positive that can be taken out of all the corporate sponsorship - and that is the amount of hilarious television advertisements from across the globe featuring our heroes and their suspect acting abilities trying to flog us unsuspecting supporters yet another product.
Manchester United | Pepsi 1999
This 1999 Brazilian ad for Pepsi features a treble-winning Manchester United. The story is set in the half-time dressing room as United are being spanked 3-0; Sir Alex Ferguson is remarkably calm considering the situation and he begins to throw out cans of Pepsi to his weary players.
Roy Keane and Dennis Irwin look like they would rather be somewhere else, while Peter Schmeichel comically fumbles and drops his can and says, deadpan: “I’m only joking”. Brilliant.
Watch it here: http://youtu.be/AtQUk8ZsWj0
Blackburn Rovers | Venky’s 2011
If there is one good thing to come out of Indian poultry king’s Venky’s tumultuous ownership of Blackburn Rovers, it has to be this little gem.
Described as the taste that brings the Premier League to India, with the team blessing themselves before tucking into a feast of Indian chicken. If they keep on eating like this I can’t see a return to the Premier League anytime soon, but if they keep on churning out gold like this, I don’t really care.
Watch it here: http://youtu.be/IYwf2SBWa5o
Manchester United | Mister Potato 2012
This bizarre collaboration between the ever business-savvy Manchester United and their brilliantly titled “Official Asian Savory Snack Partner” produces a thing of rare beauty.
This short clip shows Stretford End heroes Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa saying the word “bole” and tucking into some of Malaysia’s favourite Mister Potato flavours including spicy seaweed, Mexican cheese and black pepper chicken. No wonder Carlos Tevez moved to City.
Watch it here: http://youtu.be/pwHMK1QA8lg
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