Friday, April 6th, 2012
During the lead up to the 2010 World Cup, Raul Meireles was one of a host of Portuguese players that fronted an advertising campaign for TMN, a mobile communications company based in Lisbon.
The ad featured Meireles’ hugely important goal for Portugal at Bosnia-Herzegovina in the second leg of a play-off and sees a number of supporters urging the now Chelsea midfielder to secure a crucial victory for his national team.
With perfect timing, just days after Meireles scored the crucial tie-winning goal for Chelsea against Benfica in the quarter-final of the Champions League, a video has now appeared adapting the original ad for his fine strike on Wednesday.
So we see fans build up Chelsea’s clash with Benfica as “an all-or-nothing game” and Meireles say “it’s rare for me to go forward as a striker” with the crucial goal for Roberto Di Matteo’s side shown in the background.
Ironically, the new version was most likely made by an FC Porto fan celebrating Benfica’s defeat as Chelsea supporters are unlikely to even know of the original advert’s existence.