Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership

Become A Member
Dublin: 5°C Monday 8 March 2021

10-year-old Irish 'mini Messi' chosen to star in global World Cup ad

Ciaran Duffy was flown to Rio for filming after being spotted by Hollywood producers on YouTube.

Mini Messi World Cup Ciaran Duffy (centre) with the rest of the ad's cast. Source: YouTube screengrab

UP-AND-COMING Irish footballer Ciaran Duffy first came to our attention when he featured on RTÉ’s The Saturday Night Show in 2012.

The young Shamrock Rovers schoolboy, from Saggart in Dublin, appeared with Brendan O’Connor and former Ireland physio Mick Byrne to show off his eye-catching freestyle skills and now the 10-year-0ld is starring in a new World Cup ad for McDonald’s.

Speaking to Ray D’Arcy on Today FM yesterday, Ciaran’s father Michael told how the YouTube videos of Ciaran which he uploads (and have attracted over six million views) had caught the eye of a production company in Hollywood.

They arranged a Skype call, which went well and Ciaran was flown out to Rio de Janeiro for filming.

Here’s the ad:

Source: mcdonaldscorp/YouTube

Here’s our SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Team of the Week

‘Next year is a big year for us’ – Delaney expects Irish crowds to return in 2015

About the author:

Ben Blake

Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel