Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton has joined a long list of legends by starring in a Pepsi advert.
The Stoke-born forward stunned fans when he followed illustrious footballers like Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and David Beckham by appearing in the famous soft-drink brand’s new marketing campaign in Chile.
Brereton, 22, has enjoyed a dream year, having been called up to play for the Chile national team’s World Cup qualifiers before scoring against Bolivia at the Copa America last month.
His half-Chilean heritage through his mother’s side saw him called up to the national side in extraordinary circumstances and he has now gone viral with his off-pitch cameo.
The Blackburn man appears in Pepsi’s promotional video where he is shown boarding a flight to Chile.
He is met with a favourable reaction and even dishes out some Spanish despite claiming recently that he was in the very early stages of learning it.
The advert follows a spectacular fairy-tale rise for the footballer, who won the England u19s European Championship alongside Reece James and Mason Mount in 2017.
Shortly after moving to Blackburn from Nottingham Forest in 2018, Football Manager updated his dual nationality status on the game which then caught the eye of a fan who was searching for lesser known Chileans.
The Athletic report that the fan, Alvaro Perez, started a hashtag on social media with #BreretonALaRoja which caught the attention of other Chileans and eventually the national team.
Fast-forward and the striker was making his debut as a substitute against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in June, adding his mother’s maiden name ‘Diaz’ to the back of his shirt.
He then scored the only goal of the match against Bolivia which made him an instant national hero.
And fans will only adore the player more after seeing him speak in improved Spanish in Pepsi's hilarious new campaign.
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