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Apple is allegedly “close to agreeing a deal” to have Premier League Manchester City F.C. and England national football team’s Raheem Sterling become a global ambassador for the global Apple brand, British tabloid The Sun reported Thursday.

Apple wants Sterling to help launch its Euro 2016 promotional campaign and will be paying him a reported £250,000 per year, or about $355,000 per year, to act as its brand ambassador.

“The Manchester City star has been lined up to be the figure-head of Apple’s promotional work around the European Championship this summer,” the paper wrote.

The deal apparently hinges on whether the 21-year-old footballer can return to full fitness in time to be named in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the tournament in France this summer. For those who don’t follow the European football scene, Sterling hasn’t played since suffering a groin injury in a match against Manchester United last month.

Euro 2016, the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship, is scheduled to be held in France from June 10 to July 10, 2016 (Spain are two-time defending champions).

Apple’s global sports ambassador roster already includes such names as American professional tennis player Serena Williams, F.C. Barcelona forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.

Source: The Sun

  • julijan jug

    Really?? thats the best they can do? no messi, ronaldo, zlatan?

    • TechnoBuff

      In case you arent aware, Apple can be thrifty atimes.
      Those players you have mentioned commands a hefty fees than this bloke… Messi, Ronaldo and Zlatan are superstars…

    • Jake Whitaker

      I feel it would be a waste of money, what with Messi being Argentinian and all.

  • Jamessmooth

    Footballer? SOCCER player. Minor change Christian 😀

    • TJ

      Footballer is the correct term.

    • Jim B

      So lets see. A sport, NFL, that is mostly played with hands, steroids, 300+ lbs players, no brain, dead brain, ending up with a dead brain after a short career and the only little bit that is played with foot is called American Football and don’t forget that little bitty part that is played with foot is by far THE most ridiculed position in the NFL and yet you are making fun of real football, the beautiful game. Holly SHIT!

    • Marcus

      Christian lives in Croatia, so football is the correct term for him.

      • Jamessmooth

        Oh I didn’t know he lived in Croatia.

    • at7676

      dude.. soccer? for a game that is played with hands most of the time.. you called that football… the word “SOCCER” should be the real name for NFL football..

  • Templar

    That shite!

  • pnh

    As an American, I can see the ad campaign now: “You’re going to be at this soccer (football) game for 3 hours and the score will probably still be 0-0. Better bring your iPhone so you have something interesting to look at.”

    • Jamessmooth

      You are my new friend.

  • Mark Swain

    They could do much better! Pick Gareth Bale, he has a global brand about him, as he plays for Real Madrid & also he isn’t cr*p like Sterling.

  • Mir Owais

    Why this cunt. Apple no! Have some self esteem. Anybody but him.