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I name and shame the football players who have sold themselves to the highest bidder, irrespective of what they have to endorse!

Selling Out – Gary Lineker

Posted by eddiev18 on July 3, 2008

Lineker Sells OutLet me just start by saying that Gary Lineker was an idol to me as a boy. The guy was a superb finisher, scored a bucketload of goals wherever he went, and is a fine example to any younger players with aspirations of being a goal poacher. Being a centre-foward myself, an Englishman, and a Tottenham Hotspur fan, who can blame me for idolising him.

That being said, Lineker is the original sell-out of my generation, no doubt. To start with, and despite having at least a couple of years in the top flight left in him, he left Spurs for the Japanese J league. That was bad enough. Whilst I understand that Japanese football has boomed in the last 10 years or so, back when Gary joined it was a bit like Hugh Grant’s movies – suprisingly popular, but somewhat lacking in quality.

Lineker was offered a boatload of cash though, which is what eventually twisted his arm, and is the first reason why he is appearing in the ‘Selling Out’ series. The second reason? Two words… Walkers adverts.

Lineker has absolutely raked it in by advertising bags of crisps and, whilst there’s no particular harm in that (unless you’re Carlos Valderamma), one can see how much he wants the money when you consider what Walkers have made him do to earn his corn (sorry).

Whether he’s asked to be dragged through mud, pretend to be Satan, constantly have his ears made fun of, or dress up as a red-neck popstar, he’s happy to oblige and run straight to the bank.

Is he a sell out? Look at the following picture and decide for yourself. I don’t think you’ll disagree.

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Selling Out – Bastian Schweinsteiger

Posted by eddiev18 on June 25, 2008

It seems appropriate that i’m writing this as Germany lock horns with Turkey in the first semi-final of Euro 2008, and boy am I happy to have the ammo to have a pop at this German stereotype. I simply can’t stand Bastian Schweinsteiger!

Arrogant, with a white peroxide barnet and a name that translates into English as pig farmer, Schweinsteiger is offensive to most senses (i’ve not smelt or tasted him, but I imagine it’d be foul).

What this advert is for though, I have no idea. My guess is that ‘Bifi’ is a German version of pepperami, but what the hell Schweinsteiger is doing promoting it, and dancing like a chicken, is anyone’s guess.

Does young Bastian care though? Nope, not one iota. He’s gone straight to the bank and deposited his money. I, however, refuse to let him get away with this unnoticed! Please slate him as you see fit.

Bastian Shweinsteiger is a cock

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Selling Out – Carlos Valderrama

Posted by eddiev18 on June 15, 2008

Before I start laying into him for this ridiculous advert, I want to just say that I think Carlos Valderrama is brilliant.

Firstly, how a guy with such an amazing afro can be remembered for anything else other than his locks is an accolade in itself. However, he was also a very gifted football player, and a mainstay in the national team between 1983 and 1998 – making him the most capped Colombian player of all time (111 caps, 11 goals).

The darling of the country – who many consider to be the greatest Colombian player of all time – he surely could have sold out big and endorsed something suoave, sophisticated, cool – something befitting a man of such reputation in his homeland.

Why then Carlos, did you decide to do the below advert, for a crisp manufacturer?!? If the gormless photograph he let them use wasn’t bad enough, the slogan ‘Por Que No Ahora?’, which translates as ‘Why Not Now? almost gives the advert paedophilic overtones.

Having been knocked back already by the 8 year old in question, we see Carlos, now armed with his packet of crisps and his cheesy smile, saying ‘hey kiddo, now i’ve got a bag of Margaritas, you surely have no reason not to get into my car, do you?!?’… Incredible.

Carlos, whether the money was good or not, sack your agent!

Jesus wept!

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Selling Out – Ashley Cole

Posted by eddiev18 on June 14, 2008

The Selling Out series is all about one thing… football players who have sold themselves to the highest bidder, no matter what they end up endorsing!

We start with the player who’s despised by everyone, even his own wife… Ashley Cole. Ashley, seriously mate, surely you’re earning enough after selling your soul to the Russian to not have to stoop as low as this…

Oh dear

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