23 Jan, 16:15
After weeks of speculation, Alexis Sanchez was finally unveiled at Manchester United in style.
Sanchez’s unveiling certainly underlined the end of the era where clubs would simply unveil a player with a jersey and scarf on. Clubs have taken it a notch higher, and are coming up with inventive ways of announcing their new signings.
With the unveiling of Alexis Sanchez, we take a look at the most inventive ways clubs have announced their new signings in recent days.
The piano by Manchester United
This might not be music to Arsenal fans, but Manchester United faithfuls and a bunch of football neutrals will certainly applause United’s show as Chilean star Alexis Sanchez was unveiled.
In the splendid video, Sanchez is seen playing ‘Glory Glory Man United’ before walking down the tunnel to survey the Old Trafford stadium
Aston Villa Whatsapp chat
After an illustrious 23-year career at Chelsea, legendary John Terry made the switch to Championship side Aston Villa and the club introduced him in unmatched style.
Instead of just the normal videos and photos, they tweeted a mocked up Whatsapp conversation between club chairman Tony Xia, Steve Bruce and a handful of players, with John Terry joining the chat moments later to symbolize his arrival at the club.
The Chelsea assistant
A young boy walks into a Chelsea store and asks to have his favorite players name printed on his jersey. His dad reminds him that he cannot have the player’s name on his jersey since he isn't a Chelsea player.
However, the shop attendant goes into the backroom and Antonio Rudiger gives a thumbs up for his name to be used as he was a Chelsea player now.
That is how Chelsea unveiled Antonio Rudiger.
The Vatican announcement
Crystal Palace too wasn't left behind, as they unveiled their new manager Frank De Boer.
In the video, white smoke is seen emerging from the Chimney of local Caribbean eatery, in close comparison of the Vatican style of announcing the unveiling of a new Pope.
When you thought unveiling was just that, think again.
Southampton unveiled Stuart Taylor in blockbuster movie fashion. The video, resembling an action movie trailer had armed special forces making their way down the Solent before coming and breaking into St. Mary’s and Taylor is spotted thereafter.
In announcing the Sead Kolasinac signing, Arsenal posted a quiz that had a list of 10 players that Arsene Wenger had signed for the club. The first letters of their names, spelt out the name Kolasinac.
The Twitter moment
Liverpool posted a video of a thumb scrolling through Twitter, and through a stream of posts that was asking them to sign the sensational Mohamed Salah.
Interestingly, it was Mohamed Salah scrolling and ‘liking’ the tweets himself to announce his arrival at Anfield.
Serie A side AS Roma posted a video of Aleksandar Kolarov being taken through a script of how his unveiling would be done.
The script, an action filled idea, involved kidnappings, Lewis Hamilton, car chases and choppers. Eventually, Kolarov, wasn’t keen and said no. AS Roma would just below that post a photo of the player in training with his new teammates.
Swansea English Lessons
Swansea announced the arrival of Spaniard Roque Mesa in what looked like an English class. Fellow Spaniard Angel Rangel begins the class which ends with him ‘teaching’ his ‘student’ how to introduce himself.
Angel: Me llamo...My name is
Roque Massa: My name is Roque Massa!
Manchester United rewrote the rules of sports marketing as they unveiled Paul Pogba, re-signed from Juventus.
The transfer was bizarrely announced in the UK at midnight and an online music video accompanied it, featuring Paul Pogba and the grime star Stormzy.
Which was your favorite?