Former Newcastle footballer Tino Asprilla says he has 3.5m condoms in stock to help out in a reported global shortage of the contraceptive.
After hanging up his boots in 2004, the Colombian decided to move into the sexual health field, and launched his own range of condoms in his homeland.
According to the world’s biggest producer, a global shortage of sheafs is looming.
Malaysia’s Karex Bhd makes one in every five condoms globally.
It has not produced a single condom from its three Malaysian factories for more than a week due to a lockdown imposed by the government to halt the spread of coronavirus.
That’s already a shortfall of 100 million condoms, normally marketed internationally by brands such as Durex, supplied to state healthcare systems such as Britain’s NHS or distributed by aid programmes such as the UN Population Fund.
And he is offering a “two-for-one” promotion on them too.
He helpfully shared a link to the wesbite for purchasers.
When asked about the idea behind ‘Tino’s’ condoms back in 2016, the 50-year-old said it all started when a photograph of him accidentally flashing his penis while playing a friendly match against Chile in 1993 made international headlines.
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After the incident, the footballer said he then became a sex symbol in Colombia and his fame kept on growing after he represented the nation in the 1994 and 1998 World Cup tournaments.
He said the business plan “seemed like a good idea” and added, presumably as a joke, that the then-Colombian coach Jose Pekerman had already called him asking if he could get some.
Asprilla jokingly said: “He is going to put the condoms over his head when Colombia is playing a match in Barranquilla in the rain!”