Team Mexico's World Cup Jerseys Were Modeled After Rey Mysterio's Wrestling Masks
WWE - The world will have its eyes on Brazil as 32 nations send their best soccer squads out on the pitch for the month-long FIFA World Cup tournament. Only one team, though, will be wearing a jersey inspired in part by the masks of Rey Mysterio, one of the greatest high-flyers to step inside a WWE ring. It’s a tremendous honor for The Master of The 619. “Soccer runs in my blood,” Mysterio told WWE.com. “When you talk about Mexican culture, it’s wrestling and soccer.” Earlier this year, Adidas, makers of the Mexico national team’s kits, let soccer fans in on its design process for the shirts that several teams are wearing during the highly anticipated tournament. For Adidas, making the jerseys isn’t just about having something that looks cool on the field; it’s also creating art that takes aspects of a country’s culture and turning it into something they can be proud of. “The design language comes from the wrestling culture,” one designer says. “We wanted to bring that to the jersey in an aggressive, bold way.” For the masked marvel, the nod from Adidas’ designers was a complete surprise. “I didn’t know anything about it until my father told me,” Mysterio said. “I didn’t believe it. He showed me the video and I thought somebody had made it up. I felt incredibly honored when I realized it was true.”
Well shit. You think you’ve accomplished a little something in life (not me, but I’m sure someone has) and then you see a guy has had such an influence that they model the country’s soccer jerseys after you. Not too shabby. That’s how you know you’ve made it. That’s how you realize you’ve left a footprint in the world. People who have had a left a lasting impression on the world: Neil Armstrong, Chester the Cheetah, and Rey Mysterio. That’s about it.
PS: Scrambled eggs on each and every single one of your faces. Just a straight up egg massacre. I bring out the mask, and now Mexico is modeling their jerseys after me. It’s not a coincidence. I’m a Mexican legend now.