The Dutch just might be the most gullible people in the world. At least, that’s the conclusion you would have to draw after watching this video.
Ajax sponsor Adidas and the club’s marketing director Edwin van der Sar decided to pull a prank on manager Frank de Boer and several of his players by pretending to consult them on their new kits for next season. But instead of the actual jerseys, a hired actor presented them with truly absurd spoof kits.
Ajax’s classic home shirt with the bold red stripe in the middle suddenly featured ‘typical Dutch imagery’ such as tulips or bicycles, while away kits ranged from a tie-dye version to T-shirt tuxedos and those large animal face tees you might see on kindergartners.
The fake kits are so laughably awful that it makes de Boer and his players look even more preposterous for falling for it. At one point, the befuddled coach tells van der Sar, “I have a feeling we won’t be taken seriously.”
Now, it’s us who can’t take you seriously, Frank.
Giant animal face jerseys? Come on! If that’s not a dead giveaway you’re being “punk’d” then nothing is. Shame on everyone involved.
Cristiano Ronaldo has millions of fans. The ball boys at the Vicente Calderon are not among them.
With Real Madrid trailing city rivals Atletico 2-1 late in the second half on Sunday, one mischievous sideline volunteer took the opportunity to play Ronaldo like a piano.
With time running out and Real set to take a corner kick, Ronaldo grew impatient waiting for a new ball to be thrown to him. Spotting a ball boy nearby, Ronaldo quickly waved over to him, visibly agitated. But the kid merely shrugged his shoulders insolently and held out his arm with the ball in hand, signaling Ronaldo to “come and get it.” When Ronaldo did, the boy deviously chucked the ball past him. So. Owned.
As we all know, however, Ronaldo did have the last laugh. His equalizer in the 82nd minute thwarted Atletico’s hopes of clinching the first derby double in 63 years (and probably ruined that kid’s night).
It wasn’t too long ago when Mario Balotelli was pouting on Manchester City’s bench and causing trouble on and off the pitch — remember the practice dust-up between him and former Man City manager Roberto Mancini? Though Balotelli was generally regarded as the team’s official prankster, once his standing within the team soured, so did his mood. By the time he left City, nobody was laughing at his shenanigans anymore.
But now that he is back in his beloved Italy, Balotelli has transformed from clubhouse cancer back to class clown. We’ve already seen him do this:
And this week, Balotelli was up to some more tricks, this time nutmegging Cristian Zapata and M’Baye Niang without them even realizing it:
Another successful stunt on the board! We can only guess who Super Mario’s next victims will be, but we do know this: when Balotelli’s happy, we’re happy.