Everyone knows that footballers own the newest and nicest cars. Whether it’s their own purchase or part of a sponsorship deal, they have the hottest rides, whether a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Bentley. Manchester United struck a deal with Chevrolet which will see the American company’s logo on United’s jerseys beginning in 2014. Let’s be honest—Chevy crowds the roads in North America, but it’s a completely different story in England. Chevy’s sponsorship with United is a marketing scheme, an attempt to expand its European market. There are few Chevy models that would interest a young, rich footballer.
Well there’s really just one.
Chevy has offered first team members any model of its iconic Corvette, hoping to spread a new trend of ‘American muscle’ in England. Unfortunately, this attempt will have a select few of trend setters. Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped in and banned all players under 23 from this perk. This means Rafael Da Silva, Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck, David De Gea and Chris Smalling will watch their teammates speed off in fashion.
There’s a silver lining in this decision. The Chevy Spark, Aveo, Cruze and Orlando are available to choose from. Yes, the models don’t have the same appeal as the Corvette, but they will help the players spend less time at the pump, which is a good thing with the prices of gas in England ($10 USD per gallon).
As for Ferguson, the decision is entirely in keeping with his old school mentality. After Cristiano Ronaldo’s trashed his Ferrari in 2009 (he was 24 at the time), Ferguson has come to believe the 450 horsepower Corvette is too much car to handle for the less experienced drivers (Cue Starsky&Hutch Clip). On a happier note, this should brighten up Dimitar Berbatov’s remaining days at Old Trafford—this could be his going away present.