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Pepsi sip costs Ronaldinho

2012-07-16 17:22

Cape Town - Coca-Cola has cancelled Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho’s £500 000 (about R6m) a year contract after he was seen with two cans of Pepsi at a recent press conference.

According to the Mail Online, Ronaldinho took a sip from one of the cans during the question and answer session for his new club Atletic Mineiro, whom he joined last month.

Coca Cola decided it had no choice but to terminate the contract which was due to run until 2014.

A statement released by the company read: "Coca Cola recognises the career and the value of Ronaldinho. However due to recent developments it has become impossible to continue the partnership."

But the mistake may not have been all Ronaldinho’s fault as Atletico Mineiro is sponsored by Pepsi and the cans are put on tables during all of the club's press conferences.





Sport24

Comments
  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-16 17:54

    just another sweet like water in a cane! after all rod is full of $€¥£ in his bank accounts already!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-16 18:07

      What?!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-16 21:41

      Most expensive Pepsi he has ever drink in his life...

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-07-16 18:16

    I think coca cola is unfare on this one,

  • mohapeloa.mohapeloa - 2012-07-16 18:18

    Talk about a cloud with a silver lining...guess which soft drink company is going to approach him next ?

  • Cappuccinno4u - 2012-07-16 19:43

    damnnnn.. Coke bring dat contract 2 me..i'll sip coca cola every minutes 4 dat cash..

  • hapotter - 2012-07-16 22:16

    2 Words: EPIC FAIL ;-(

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-17 13:26

      My Dad always said drinking is not good for you...

  • deon.hamilton - 2012-07-17 04:58

    It just shows you how much £500 000 a year means to him!?

  • anthony.denozo.336 - 2012-07-17 09:53

    The Soda Mafia strikes!!! Now they control what a player can drink. Even if it was a press conference, it's not like he was actively endorsing Pepsi, it was just there...Seriously Coca Cola!

      marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2012-07-17 14:57

      Uh...... Yes they can control that he does not drink a COMPETITOR'S product in public (press conference nogal) .... If I was to pay someone R6 mil a year to endorse MY product, then I am sure as hell going to nail his a$$ to the wall if he is seen to be drinking my competitor's product..............

  • damonsb - 2012-07-17 10:16

    Small change for what his worth ,Go Ronaldinho !!! the football king

  • boomerangbobotie.dyingbreed - 2012-07-17 10:52

    So Coca-Foola strikes again. Damn idiots.

  • clem.human - 2012-07-17 11:23

    so Ronaldinho is as stupid as he looks...

  • goodman.nxumalo.1 - 2012-07-17 12:24

    And what happen to a player who is sponsored by MTN and when joining Orlando Pirates they offer him a free cellphone from Vodacom?

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-07-17 13:19

    stupid ronnie

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-07-17 14:55

    I drink cocacola but get no payiments, some just holding the can of cocacola get R6 million per year free cash - you n me what we know is to backbiting no business mind we got - lets change our living conditions and styles of lives - we talk about people aimlessly and get nothing at the end energy waiting - to talk about somebody is sdvertisement and people an companies gets paid - phansi with talking about other pipo phansi.

  • Bazzpete - 2012-07-17 15:11

    Ambush marketing at it's finest?

  • seanb09 - 2012-07-17 16:00

    Fact of the matter is this. If Coca Cola never even mentioned anything none of us would have known he drank a Pepsi, now Pepsi is getting all this free publicity, Coca-Cola you really have shot yourself in the foot. You have given your competition plenty of free publicity and they are loving it!

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