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When a Premier League side signs a new player - especially one as capped and experienced as Portuguese midfielder João Mario - fans often find unusual ways to welcome the new footballing talent. And when that player happens to share a name with a certain mustachioed plumber, well you can imagine there's a lot of opportunity for Nintendo-based crossover.

And one West Ham United fan by the name of Tequilo didn't disappoint with a short animation that shows the 25-year-old playmaker and international emerging from a Warp Pipe, hitting a ? Block and collecting a football-shaped power-up. It's silly, yes, but we can't help but applaud someone combining their love for their club and their passion for all things Ninty.

Let us know what you think in the comments below...

[via youtube.com]