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...
How appropriate as WHU play 8 bit football. They had another great result at the weekend in the FA Cup. Still, it's a nice gesture from the fan.
The team ignorant football fans constantly mistake my Avs jerseys for.
Like the letters NHL aren’t a smegging give a way 😑
Mário is a very common name in Portugal. Still, it's a nice tribute.
Ha, that's a cool tribute. Not necessarily out of the blue, though, as Super Mario is a very common nickname in football - both Balotelli and Mario Gómez were called that during their heyday.
The bubbles are a nice touch
UNITED! #clapclapclap# UNITED! #clapclapclap#
Shame his debut vs Wigan wasn’t so super mario...
I really hoped he would have come to Manchester United, West ham so lucky..Cool tribute though..
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