This time it’s not Dad who is trying to make a buck-fifty using their kid as a merch pawn, but it’s actually his mother. They don’t really seem to look that interested in the game here, either.
What do you think their story is? Are they true soccer fans who really want to hang the shirt up on the wall? Does this kid really think his mother is a human sacrifice? Was it all staged by the gods of marketing and P.R. to give us viewers a laugh or two? Please don’t sell your moms for t-shirts, kids.
A Two-for-One Deal
The global licensed sports merchandise market reached a value of US$ 29.9 billion in 2021. Looking forward, the market is projected to reach US$ 39.8 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.9% during 2022-2027.
These two girls seem to be trying their luck for some exclusive merchandise from their hometown stars. You can see the excitement on their faces. "What will you do with the money we make, Jenny? I'm gonna buy the biggest house ever, and no one will ever be able to say I didn't make it. They'll say, hey, that's Jenny's house. You know the girl who sold the gloves!"
Friends Help Friends With Bureaucracy
A friend is a person who helps you fill in and apply for your visa application when you are trying to immigrate to another country. Or, in the case of a soccer star, it is probably the job of a clerk who may only meet you a few times in the process.
But imagine you work in a private visa application company, and one day a famous soccer star is sitting in front of you. It is a moment that you will probably not forget, and they likely will. So, it's worth it to make a sign to remind them who their real friends are.
Still Not Convinced
The use of the words "can still" implies this kid had previously owed something to his idol. Almost like writing to your best friend after a fight, "you can still have the rest of my pizza even though I'm still hungry."
It's quite the proposition. Imagine being the player who told the story at the dinner table, "One time, this kid traded me his mom for a t-shirt. I wanted to take the offer, but I wasn't quite sure how legal it was, so I just gave him the t-shirt and asked for her number. What do you think, guys, fair deal?"
This little kid really brought in the heat and laid a steamy diss on Japan in a game between Japan and the U.S. in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final in Vancouver.
"Dear diary, problem number 99. I met a girl today at a soccer game who stood next to me while I was holding up a sign declaring my abundance of problems to the world and ripping off a famous rap song. I thought she would like it, but it turns out she is half-Japanese. "It's hard out here for a P%*P."