Your Definitive List of the Top 5 Footy Commercials Of All Time

Ok, well the above commercial doesn’t really count on the list because it only aired in Springfield, and also, it wasn’t real. However, I have been trolling the interwebs over the past week to find the best of the best in terms of footy adverts. It’s a rare thing for me to actually seek out commercials, but sometimes, with the right players and director (looking at you Guy Ritchie) it doesn’t matter what they are selling; it’s just pure entertainment. So without any further Edu lolz adieu, here is my list of the top 5, which is basically going to be Adidas vs Nike.

5.) Adidas Original’s Star Wars Cantina 2010

I don’t even know if you can 100% classify this as a “footy” commercial. I actually don’t even know what they are selling here? A good time? Dunno. It’s got Becks, Franz Beck’s and Noel Gallagher (who is basically an honorary Man City player) so in my mind, this checks out.

4.) Nike: My Time Is Now Euro 2012 Advert

Fantastic ad for the 2012 Euro. Neymar, Chicharito, Yann M’Vila, M’Vila, Götze, Ribéry, Sneijder, Pep Guardiola, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, and Ronaldo going full retard running around the pitch/stadium with thousands chasing them. They even let Bron Bron get in on the action. Here’s my question: Who was the bigger douche on the set of this commercial, LeBron or CR7. Tossup indeed.

3.) Adidas Dream Big 2008

So perfect. Beckham and this kid could go on a comedy tour and sell out the O2 and MSG. Brief and to the point. Gotta respect Beckham for doing this ad, and you know that this is 100% the reaction he would have if you and him had this discussion.

2.) Nike Take it to the Next Level: Warning if you easily fall victim to motion sickness, too bad, deal with it.

Incredible ad. This was Guy Ritchie’s first attempt at a footy commercial and he absolutely nailed it. Tracking the progress of a young prospect as he moves through the ranks and onto the pitch at the Emirates. The look the player gets from his GF at 0:56 is absolutely priceless.

1.) Nike Write The Future 2010 World Cup

Another Guy Ritchie piece of work. This is the best ad that I’ve ever seen for anything in my 26 year run. Visually incredible, hilarious and great little storylines interlaced. Cameos by Didier Drogba, Fabio Cannavaro, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribéry, Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué, Roger Federer, Thiago Silva, Ronaldinho, Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Ronaldo and HOMER SIMPSON.

The entire Rooney segment has to be one of the funniest bits from a commercial that I can remember. England in Roo-in’s while he’s eating hash (?) from a trailer in some grey skied part of the UK (all of it?). Also the Cannavaro song is on my iphone.

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