Antoine Dupont recreates legendary Zinedine Zidane advert before World Cup
By Rugby Onslaught

Antoine Dupont recreates legendary Zinedine Zidane advert before World Cup

It is hard to know whether superstitious France fans will see Volvic’s latest advert as a good or a bad omen for Les Bleus ahead of the World Cup next week.

With just a matter of days until the World Cup gets underway at the Stade de France, France captain Antoine Dupont has starred in a recreation of an advert which aired ahead of the 2000 European Football Championship with former France captain Zinedine Zidane. France just so happened to win the tournament in 2000, so that could be a promising sign for Dupont and his men.

The scrum-half mimics what Zidane did in the advert, with both saying: “C’est toujours les mêmes gestes. D’abord la jambe gauche, toujours. Chaussette, chaussure. Puis, la jambe droite. Et puis une gorgée de Volvic toujours.” (Translated on Google: “It’s always the same gestures. First the left leg, always. Sock, shoe. Then, the right leg. And then a sip of Volvic always.”

Whether this is a good or bad sign for France, video quality, and the strides that have been made over the last 23 years in that field, is the winner.

Take a look at the two adverts:

Similarly to Zidane in 2000, Dupont enters the tournament as one of, if not the best, player in the world, having been crowned the World Rugby player of the year in 2021. Likewise, Zidane was awarded the Ballon d’Or in 1998, two years before the advert, having won the World Cup that year.

France enter their home World Cup as one of the favourites, although they have had some major casualties over the past few weeks with the headline injury being to fly-half Romain Ntamack, who was ruled out of the tournament entirely with an ACL injury. Prop Cyril Baille is also expected to miss the opening stages of the tournament, while centre Jonathan Danty has been ruled out France’s opening match against the All Blacks with a hamstring issue.