If Matildas superstar Sam Kerr’s status as one of the world’s most marketable footballers wasn’t already cemented, her appearance in the latest Nike commercial confirms it.
Nike’s World Cup advertisements have become iconic over previous generations. Who can forget the the cage football played by the likes of Luis Figo, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho in 2002?
There was also the famous commercial of Brazil running through the airport prior to the 1998 World Cup in France, as well as the ‘Write the Future’ commercial in 2010 which brought fans closer to the action than ever before.
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With the 2022 FIFA World Cup just days away, Nike unveiled its new commercial which is based on the never-ending arguments between fans comparing players from different eras.
The ad, titled ‘The Footballverse’, begins with a couple of scientists in a lab arguing over who would win a duel between today’s Kylian Mbappe and the 2006 version of Ronaldinho.
The pair comes up with the bright idea to “create a multiverse then have them play against each other”, and before you know it there’s Mbappe in his French kit and Ronaldinho in the 2006 Barcelona colours duelling on a hastily-made pitch inside the lab.
Soon, the other scientists call for Ronaldo, and the 2002 version of the Brazilian icon finds himself on the pitch along with the 1998 version of himself.
The man they call ‘O Fenomeno’ is then joined by the current day Cristiano Ronaldo and the younger version of himself, when he wore No.17 for Portugal at the 2004 Euros.
We then have the female superstars of the game joining in, with Kerr joined by England captain Leah Williamson and American superstars Alex Morgan, as well as the 2015 version of Carli Lloyd.
Kerr initially has the ball stripped off her by Ronaldinho before winning it back and firing a venomous shot which bounces off a wall and is headed through a window by Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
The Matildas superstar’s appearance marks the first occasion an Australian player has featured in one of Nike’s iconic pre-World Cup commercials.
There’s also the hilarious instances of both van Dijk and Mbappe seemingly being a step ahead of some of Ronaldinho’s most iconic moves and crediting ‘YouTube’ for giving them the heads up.
Eventually all hell breaks loose inside the lab as every scientist attempts to bring their favourite player back to life and current day Ronaldo storms in amid all the chaos.
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