Cristiano Ronaldo and the great Pelé have joined forces in a new World Cup advert for airline Emirates. Football fans worldwide would have loved to see Brazil’s Pelé and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo line-up in the same team but sadly that will never happen.
Airline Emirates have provided the next best thing by getting the two legends together on the same plane for their latest television advert. Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo is seen flicking through the pages of a magazine onboard the A380 airliner and is delighted when two passengers start fawning over him.
But his mood darkens when the duo start talking about three World Cup triumphs, something Ronaldo has most certainly never accomplished. It’s then Ronaldo realises that Pelé, smiling broadly and chuckling deeply, is standing beside him.
However, Ronaldo has the last laugh when another passenger rushes up and asks for an autograph, casually handing his phone to Pelé to hold while the Portuguese superstar does the honours. The Brazilian hero obliges and Ronaldo responds with that cheeky wink we all know so well from the 2006 World Cup. 73 year-old Pelé, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970, will play a prominent ambassadorial role as his home country hosts the tournament in June and July. The Black Pearl scored 757 goals in 812 games mostly for his Brazilian team Santos.
In his native Brazil, he is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in football and for his vocal support of policies to improve the social conditions of the poor.
In 1961, President Jânio Quadros had Pelé declared a national treasure. Of course the great man has had previous acting experience when he featured in the 1981 film ‘Escape to Victory’ alongside Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Bobby Moore and Osvaldo Ardiles.
Ronaldo, the Ballon d’Or holder, will be carrying Portugal’s hopes in Brazil this summer having scored all four of his teams goals in a play-off win over Sweden.