During yesterday’s match between Belgium and Algeria, a Brazilian football supporter held up a large doll. And not just any doll. In fact, the most accurate description of this doll would be a Lionel Messi voodoo doll.
The New York Times had already wrote a nice little article last week about why Argentina is so unpopular during this year’s World Cup. Of course we cannot possibly imagine why Argentina would be unpopular, but The Times explained that across Latin America, Argentina is the country most people are rooting against. They showed some statistics to back up this claim, but I demand a recount.
In true Argentine fashion, we’ll chalk this all up to jealousy. Of course.
Brazilian head coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, told the media that he is expecting an epic finale showdown between Brazil and Argentina. The Brazilians are shaking in their boots, and desperate times call for desperate measures. Desperate measures like Voodoo.
“Macumba” the practice of Voodoo, is actually considered quite dangerous and powerful where it is practiced in northern Brazil. I know, this particular witch doctor is anything but scary, in fact, he doesn’t resemble a witch doctor in the slightest, but Voodoo and football have stirred a surprising amount of controversy in the recent past.
Ghana’s most influential witch doctor, Nana Kwaku Bonsam, told the media back in February that Cristiano Ronaldo would not be able to play in this
year’s World Cup due to an injury he would cause using Voodoo. Creepily enough, the Portuguese national football club confirmed at the beginning of the tournament that Ronaldo has serious knee problems. Bonsam said: “This injury can never be cured by any medic, they can never see what is causing the injury because it is spiritual. Today, it is his knee, tomorrow it is his thigh, next day it is something else.”
Pepsi also used a bit of Voodoo in one of their recent campaigns, but that kind of backfired on them. The ad showed a Cristiano Ronaldo voodoo doll laying on a train track with the caption “We’re going to run over him” underneath. Then there were two more ads featuring two additional designs of Cristiano Ronaldo voodoo dolls. The ads were received with so much outrage from Real Madrid fans that a page called “I’ll Never Drink Pepsi” gathered 115,000 fans in Spain.
But wait. According to Wikipedia, Voodoo dolls are actually more commonly used to bless, not curse. So while I’m pretty sure that Bonsam and the Swedes were doing their best to curse Ronaldo, there is still a chance that the Brazilian with the Messi doll was just a passionate fan who happened to be wearing a Brazilian jersey while rooting for our Number 10.
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