“When you’re a naughty kid from Brent you do things you’re not supposed to do” says England football star Raheem Sterling in this winning new Nike ad from Wieden+Kennedy. Like being capped for England at 17 but also fending off a tide of criticism over the years, some of it racist.
Brent is a huge, mostly unlovely it has to be said, borough in London. You won’t find Russian oligarchs or Bernie Ecclestone’s absurdly wealthy offspring in Brent (although it does boast Ken Livingstone.) There’s a local community initiative too.
As with its its lauded ‘Londoner’ commercial, W+K shows a sure touch here. It may have profited mightily from Nike over the decades but has paid it back by consistently painting a human face on the controversial sports goods firm.
MAA creative scale: 8.
PS Racism is a besetting issue in Italian football and the authorities have, belatedly, launched an anti-racism campaign. Featuring chimps. Um, no.