Nike Football surprised us again with its World Cup advert, this time with a concept that filled us with nostalgia.
A week ago, the American brand released a trailer, showing a possible duel between the current Kylian Mbappé and the classic Ronaldinho of 2006. This simple element made everyone go crazy, but what was to come was much better.
Throughout our lives, we have wondered which players were better than others throughout history. Obviously, we will never know, as current stars and past legends did not coincide in time. Nike used a lot of imagination to present the 'Footballverse', a world where superstars of all time converge.
From this statement, everything starts with an incredible showoff between Mbappé and the classic Ronaldinho, and then other stars from different eras join in.
The doppelgangers could not be missing, as the commercial shows the current Cristiano Ronaldo combining with his 2004 version to score an authentic goal with a scissor kick.
The original Brazilian Ronaldo can be seen in his current form, and I'm sure more than one of us jumped with excitement when we saw him in his 1998 and 2002 versions, two years where 'O Fenómeno' sparkled in the World Cup.
On many occasions, current players like Kylian Mbappé and Virgil van Dijk have managed to surprise Ronaldinho by stopping some of his dribbles. When Ronaldinho asked them how they guessed his intentions, they pointed out that they learned it on YouTube, making a clear statement that they belong to a generation of the future.
The commercial also features female stars, such as two-time world champion Alex Morgan. Cardi Lloyd of the USWNT, Australian star Sam Kerr, and England captain Leah Williamson were also featured.
Without a doubt, Nike Football's "Footballverse" reminds us of the brand's great commercials to warm up for World Cups, particularly the 2002 spot titled "The Secret Tournament."