Brit lad goes viral for his tattoo of Chilean football star sipping can of Pepsi

A tattoo fan has become "Chile's third most loved Brit' after getting body art of a football star sipping a can of Pepsi.

Lewis Hamill, 26, had a photo of national sporting hero Ben Brereton inked on his belly just last week.

He chose the image simply because it "fitted in well" with his other body art.

But after his mate posted a snap of his new ink on social media, Lewis was flooded with messages from fans in South America.

Many reporters wanted to find out more about the tattoo featuring the Blackburn Rovers and Chile star.

The sales executive said a Chilean business even petitioned Pepsi to give him a lifetime supply of the drink.

He said: "I've been on CNN over there, ESPN Chile – it's gone mad. To me, it was just getting another tattoo.

"But now there's some Chilean sports company trying to get Pepsi to give me a year's supply.

"I've had messages from Chileans saying: 'You are the third most loved British person in Chile'.

"They said first is Ben Brereton and second is Mr Bean, so I'm now being put in the same category as someone like Mr Bean."

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The tattoo-mad dad, from Blackburn, had a picture of Ben Brereton inked on his stomach by a friend at the end of November.

Lewis said he chose the image of the player wearing a flat cap, taken from a Pepsi TV commercial, as it matched his other tattoos.

He added: "I've got tattoos everywhere on my body – and I am a Blackburn fan anyway – but the picture itself just fitted in well.

"It's like an old-fashioned look, and I've got the Kray twins on my belly and an old-fashioned film guy on my chest."

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He continued: "When it's finished, it will look like a normal thing, and if someone doesn't know who he is, then it will look normal."

Stoke-born Brereton, who currently plays for Blackburn Rovers, qualified to represent Chile through his mum in 2021.

He then became a national hero after playing against Lionel Messi and Neymar in the Copa America football tournament.

So when one of Lewis' mates posted a photo of his tattoo on a Blackburn Football club Facebook page, it soon went viral.

When it was shared, a Chilean commented: "Whoever's tattoo this is, please can you contact me?"

The person revealed how they've got a Brereton fan page with 40,000 followers on it and he's a superstar in Chile.

Reporters from Chile were making a documentary about the star in the UK and they invited Lewis to meet the star.

When he was united with the centre-forward at Blackburn Rover's training ground, Lewis was thrilled to find out he liked the ink.

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Lewis said: "The first thing the reporters said to him is, 'This person has a tattoo of you' and he said, 'Yeah, it's a good tattoo.'

"He asked me, 'What made you get it?' and I said, 'It's just a good picture, innit'.

"Obviously, they then lifted up my top straight away and said, 'Will you sign it?'"

Lewis said all the media organisations in Chile got in touch with him about his tattoo and he's appeared on several news channels.

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