Bayern Munich announce Matthijs de Ligt with funny ‘shirt in a bottle’ video

Bayern Munich have managed to land Matthijs de Ligt in one of the biggest deals of the summer. And they announced it via a promotional masterpiece.

On July 19, the German side finally brought the defender to the Allianz Arena. In a deal worth £65.6m, De Ligt has dedicated the next five years of his career to the reigning Bundesliga champions.

Throughout his time at Juventus, the 22-year-old has proven to be one of the sport’s greatest young players. Renowned for his crunch tackling, football IQ, marking, power and speed, his consistent performances helped the Italian giants win a Serie A title and a Coppa Italia.

The centre-back has revealed he’s looking forward to a first-time exit for Bayern.

According to BBC Sport, he said: “I am very happy to become a player for this great club.

“FC Bayern is one of the most successful clubs in Germany, one of the most successful clubs in Europe and the world. From the start I felt a real appreciation from the sporting management, from the coach and the board, which convinced me. On top of that, it’s a brilliantly run club with big goals.

“I am very happy to be part of FC Bayern history now.”

However, with such a big signing, the club couldn’t reveal the deal in the normal way. Instead, they had to actually push the boat.

The creative announcement video of Matthijs de Ligt Bayern Munich

In an accidental tribute to 80s pop rock band The Police, the German giants revealed their new signing via a ‘message in a bottle’. The video features a bottle slowly sliding down a river with classical German music playing in the background.

Slowly but surely, the glass object begins a journey past the local ducks and under the bridge until it picks up its pace and finally reaches its recipient.

De Ligt undoes the lid to reveal a Bayern shirt with his name on the back.

He looks at the camera and says “servus”, which means “greetings” in German.

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Elizabeth J. Harless