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Landon Donovan's (hilarious) Mexican commercial

Landon Donovan (ISIphotos.com) 

If you have ever wondered just how much of a star Landon Donovan is in Mexico, consider that he's now starring in his own Mexican lottery commercial.

Here is one of the funniest soccer-themed commercials you'll ever see (especially if you're a USA fan who speaks Spanish):

For the Spanish-deficient, the premise of the commercial is that Donovan is sneaking into Mexico to play the Mexican lottery because it's easier to win. "Winning in Mexico is much easier," Donovan says at one point, drawing the ire of the border guard.

Wondering when this commercial was made? It looks a bit old but was actually just filmed three weeks ago.

Between his new Gatorade sponsorship deal and now the Mexican lottery, Donovan's endorsement power is growing. He also showed off his comedic talent in this commercial, though I'm not sure acting is in his future.

What did you think of the commercial? Laugh out loud? Was the humor lost in translation? Wishing the Mexican lottery had gotten Rafa Marquez to play the role of the border guard? (then again, if Marquez had been the guard, Donovan would have just outrun him).

118 comments
  • Mark

    I love it! Would be fun to have Landon play in Mexico since they hate him so much. The Blanco effect only the other way around…

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  • jimmygreaves

    Ives,

    If they had cast Rafa as a guard they would have had to partner Landon with Cobi Jones and had Rafa try to kick them back over the border. Missed opportunity in my view and I’m not sure how much of a sense of humour Rafa has.

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  • Adam

    Every single list of the “top ads of the year” needs to be remade. Unless this is the gold standard of 2010, which would really be starting the new year out right.

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  • Brent McD

    great commercial. and i agree — landon at club america would be incredible and should happen some day. just not right now while the guy is in the prime of his career. whoever made the comparison to blanco at chicago is right on.

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  • Tomas

    I liked it. Pretty clever. Yes, he went to ground at the end, but to shimmy under a fence, like a true “alambrista,” or fence-crosser – but in reverse! Good stuff.

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  • Jen

    Absolutely hysterical! I love the mispronounced “Mexican,” but the bad acting is even better! I love how bummed he looks when he is found out — “No, you’re Landon Donovan.”

    Funny on so many levels.

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  • jsusvic007@yahoo.com

    with our c squad enjoy it…when it matters 2 0 world cup kick mexico out…

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  • JC

    COME ON PEOPLE

    DO NOT TAKE THINGS SO SERIOUSLY, THIS IS A VERY FUNNY COMERCIAL, MADE BY TELEVISA A MEXICAN COMPANY.

    HAVE FUN, ENJOY IT…..

    RELAX……

    JCG

    YES I’M MEXICAN…..IT’S A GREAT THING THAT THE USA IS FINALLY ABLE TO COMPETE IN A WORLD STAGE

    THIS WILL FORCE THE MEXICAN PLAYERS TO GIVE MORE EFFORT ALL THE TIME.’

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