Friday 20 April 2018

'It could be one of mine' - Packie Bonner thinks rapper M.I.A. could be wearing his USA '94 jersey

The likeness is uncanny
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Popular English rapper M.I.A. set tongues wagging when she was photographed wearing seemingly an exact replica of Packie Bonner’s 1994 World Cup jersey.

The 'Paper Planes' artist wore the top on a photoshoot to promote Meltdown, a music festival in London starting on June 9.

It is not known whether the Bonner's name adorns the back of the jersey but it has revived memories of a brilliant summer for Irish soccer.

Commenting on it, Packie Bonner is hoping that if this is one of his jerseys, that the charities he donated them to have made lots of money on them before making it's way into M.I.A's wardrobe.

"Where did she get that jersey? Get on the web everybody and look for this rapper, she's wearing one of our jerseys from the 1994 World Cup... I've a couple in the house. But I've also given lots away to charity, it might be doing the rounds... so who knows it might be my jersey!," he told the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE Radio One.

M.I.A. in the football top. Photo Credit: @meltdownfest

Ben Goldhagen, Sports Performance Director at Adidas, told the show: “I can confirm that this is a vintage shirt and is not a re-release, so it is a ‘94/’95 original sourced by the artist’s stylist on that particular shoot...

"The only route now I would imagine for some iconic shirts, especially goalkeeper shirts would be the likes of Ebay.

"Given the rising popularity of retro and vintage football shirts, we do occasionally look to re-release the more iconic designs, as you would have seen last week with the new Man United away shirt which is inspired by the Class of 92 season away shirt. We also release style collections that are inspired by old shirt designs and features.

"So never say never for this ‘94 shirt!...”

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