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Ronaldo's Coke snub kicks off a meme-fest

The football legend's act sparked witty campaigns on social media.

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Mumbai: What seemed like a simple act by Portugal footballer Cristiano Ronaldo of moving aside two bottles of Coke and replacing them with a bottle of water at a post-match presser quickly metamorphosed into a sponsors’ nightmare at the 2020 Euro football league. For one, it cost the beverage giant a staggering loss of valuation pegged at $ four billion.

The incident also seems to have kickstarted a trend amongst the Euro 2020 players- with France's Paul Pogba and Italy's Manuel Locatelli following in the Portugal captain's footsteps by taking a swipe at one of the official Euro 2020 sponsors and doing a ‘Ronaldo’. To the extent that the UEFA (The Union of European Football Associations) had to step in to ask the players to stop the ‘bottle removing’ trends.

But that didn’t prevent the opening of social media floodgates to an abundance of memes on the entire episode! Riding on the frothy meme-tsunami triggered by the football legend’s snub to the aerated drink, brands too launched a flood of witty, cheeky campaigns on social media.

There was of course, Amul topical doing what it does best - literally milking the matter - this time on ‘beverages and football...and on not bottling one’s feelings!’

This round on moment marketing was however won by Fevicol for nailing it with their on-point post.

Created by Schbang, the tagline featuring two bottles of the glue goes “Na bottle hategi, na valuation ghategi”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Fevicol (@fevicolkajod)

Online trading platform Upstox had a word of warning to brands on the placement of their products and for those trading in stock markets: “Stock markets are subject to Ronaldo’s risks, place your brand carefully”. Taking a dig at the Cola giant, it added, “It's not only defenders who need to be scared of CR7”.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Upstox (@upstox.pro)

Portugal footballer’s healthy preferences found favour with diagnostic lab network Pathkind Labs, which posted : When a legend says it you do it. Stay hydrated. Adding a word of caution, ‘Summer is at its peak. Drink plenty of water and stay cool!’

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Pathkind Labs (@pathkind)

Needless to add, packaged drinking water brand Bisleri was completely in agreement with the famous footballer’s views on the water. Bisleri endorsed his act of holding up a bottle of water to the cameras and making an appeal to drink water instead of sugary drinks. Leveraging the act to its advantage, it hilariously wrote, tagging the footballer: Christiano choosing water over soft drinks since 1985.

It also added, “Be smart like the G.OA.T -Quench your thirst with the right choice” possibly simultaneously taking a dig at another cola giant which had a tagline of ‘yehi hain right choice, baby’! Talk about hitting two birds with one stone, huh?

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Bisleri (@bislerizone)

Parle’s Rola Cola added its two cents on the debate of soft drinks – saying ‘have a solid rola cola instead’

Manforce condoms too waded into the meme storm, with a creative saying 'MAKE LEGENDARY CHOICES #Ifyouknowyouknow'

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