First it was Roger Federer, now football star David Beckham has wowed the internet with his trick shot prowess – but the question on everyone’s lips is, is it real?
A new video, posted on Pepsi’s YouTube channel, shows David Beckham kicking three balls into three distant trash bins on a California beach. Titled “Unbelievable David Beckham,” the 69-second video begins with Beckham playing with a soccer ball while holding a Diet Pepsi can.
Then, the cameraman asks, “Hey, David, do you think you can hit that trash can over there? How about all three of them?” Beckham, of course, confidently says “yes” and accomplishes the task while the cameraman reacts hysterically to each shot in the background.
The video has caught the attention of Beckham’s fans as well as skeptics, who are discrediting the authenticity of the clip in comments on YouTube and on Diet Pepsi‘s Facebook Page. The clip had already been viewed nearly 854,000. If it is fake it was clearly designed to look spontaneous.
“David Beckham is good, but surely he’s not this good,” wrote FootballFanCast.com. One of the YouTube’s users wrote: “He can kick it spot into these bins but cannot hit the net from 12 yards for England in big matches, lol.”
Professional sports people have proved to be viral gold for big brands, which have become better and better at creating ad campaigns that appear to be organic viral hits. In August last year, Roger Federer appeared in a YouTube clip for Gillette serving a tennis ball and knocking a can off someone’s head with it twice in a row. This set off a flurry of speculation on whether the shots were real and Australian tennis great Todd Woodbridge was even moved to question its veracity.