“Power is Nothing Without Control” is a slogan that has entered the popular imagination. When this happens, it’s a sign that a publicity campaign has hit its target. Carl Lewis was the face of the campaign in 1994. The ‘Son of the Wind’, the American was one of the greatest sprinters ever. The advert saw him run on water, across the desert and he challenged the laws of physics by running on the Statue of Liberty.
Safety, high performance, reliability and the maximum speed possible were the themes of the advert. Or in another, single word: Ronaldo. The Brazilian symbol of excellence was the player after Pelè and before Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who could bring fans of all teams together in agreement. The other symbol of Brazil is probably Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain, looking out over Rio de Janeiro.
The campaign poster saw ‘Ronnie’ with his arms outstretched, recreating the pose as two symbols of the country were brought together. It was a genius piece of intuition in one of the most effective communications campaigns of all-time. The symbol of Inter had become the symbol of Pirelli.
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