Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar Jr, was the inspiration behind KFC’s new advert- and South Africans are loving it.
It is no secret Neymar is a talented soccer player, but his antics in a World Cup match against Mexico helped him make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Fans described Neymar was rolling around on the field like a possessed person after a Mexican footballer stepped on his ankle.
However, KFC saw an opportunity for comedic gold with his over-acting and they created an advertisement that had South Africans rolling on the floor with laughter.
GoodThingsGuy reported the advert, which is titled ‘Keep Rolling’, was created by Ogilvy Cape Town and directed by Karien Cherry from Giant Films.
Briefly.co.za saw it featured a footballer, Herbz, who pulled a Neymar by taking a dive and starting to roll- all the way off the field, through town and eventually straight into a KFC outlet.
By the time a camera crew caught up with ol’ Hebrz, he was already feasting on KFC’s finger lickin’ good food.
The advert has since gone viral, racking up over 387 000 views on YouTube alone.
The video received a lot of comments from social media users who immediately connected to dots leading to Neymar.
“KFC should, at least, pay royalties to Neymar!” one Youtuber said, while another wrote, “One of the best Ads I have ever seen. Well done KFC!”.
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