Nike World Cup Ad a Curse?
In order of appearance:
Drogba’s elbow was broken in a friendly weeks before the finals began. He played only 20 or so tentative minutes in Ivory Coast’s opening draw with Portugal, then scored a goal vs. Brazil – but in a game the Ivoirians were down three goals and wound up losing by 3-1.
An aging center-back in a side criticized for its old-age, Cannavaro was ineffective in Italy’s shocking 1-1 draws with Paraguay and especially New Zealand — and besides, he announced he is retiring from international football after this tournament just days before the ad premiered online.
Wayne Rooney’s problems on and off the pitch in England’s first two matches have earned him little more than scorn.
Ronaldinho — well, he wasn’t even picked to go to South Africa and play for his team.
Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo, who didn’t score a goal for Portugal during its depressing qualifying campaign, couldn’t find the net in the team’s all-important opening match, the 0-0 draw with Ivory Coast. Now his country is pleading with him to step up against North Korea on Monday.