Footballers In Adverts: 10 Of The Worst

Tomato juice, hair dye and bacon – they'll flog you anything

Cristiano Ronaldo has gone viral – not for a stunning solo goal / posing in his underpants, but for flogging a Japanese facial exercise product.

Pretty odd, sure, but there's a long and illustrious history of footballers selling weird stuff to supplement their scandalously low wages.

Presenting: 10 of the very worst.


1 | Football is thirsty work. But instead of oranges, or indeed isotonic energy drinks, Manchester United reach for the tomato juice.

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2 | When he’s not slurping Virgin Marys, Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa is getting heckled by a beluga whale and a dog.

3 | Twenty goals in three seasons doesn’t sound like a good return for £50m, but then have you tried Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’s cupcakes?

4 | This genuinely amusing Uruguayan advert has prodigal son Luis Suarez dismissing Arsenal’s advances and returning home. To an office.

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5 | When it comes to bringing home the bacon, punditry isn’t the only means at Peter Schmeichel’s disposal.

6 | If you had to pick a moment where it all went finger-lickin’ bad for Blackburn Rovers, it would probably be this.

7 | Portugal’s golden generation may have failed to deliver the goods, but at least there isn’t a silver hair on Luís Figo’s head. X

8 | How we wish Jimmy Bullard just washed and went.

9 | Manchester United’s other beverage of choice has a subtle oaky taste. Much like Wayne Rooney’s acting.

10 | And finally, a T-Mobile advert featuring performing monkey Peter Crouch.

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