Appearing in his role as ambassador for BT Sport, Robin van Persie has been teaching his son Shaqueel some freestyle tricks under a Manchester overpass.
Like father, like son, Van Persie mark two takes to the skills quickly. The Van Persie’s are challenged to take on a street footballer, and play a game of two-on-two where Shaqueel scored the winning goal in the campaign for BT Sport.
Like Father like Son
BT sport celebrates the freestyle fun that comes from street football. The series of adverts chronicles a bonding experience shared by father and son. Van Persie shows his son some of his trademark tricks and skills that have allowed him to become a world-class operator.
Nostalgic in nature, the videos stokes memories of playing from dawn till dusk under an overpass. Through scrapped knees and innovation, the advert represents a common footballing experience, kicking ball until exhaustion, drawing goals with chalk and playing against older, better players.
The series of three films is a cathartic break from more unreachable representations of football and shows a lighter more human side of a top player.
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