Toe Poke Daily: Man United sponsors pay homage to Treble... with taps

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The Treble Collection

Manchester United seem to have about a million sponsors these days. But only one of them has a collection of taps and other bathroom fittings in homage to their 1999 Treble. Yes, that's right... let that sink in.

Kohler is proud to call itself United's "first-ever sleeve sponsor," and it has pulled out all the stops -- well, plugs -- to produce a collection you would never find down your local DIY store.

The Treble Collection is described as "a statement of gracious living and extraordinary success, the collection is handcrafted of sterling silver and 24 karat gold plate by Thomas Lyte -- goldsmiths and silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen."

How can any fan resist when it's billed as "a timeless centerpiece as iconic as the team it honors and the ultimate expression of passion and support."

But Kohler doesn't stop there. Oh no. You've got the Treble Collection, now make sure you have the 2019 Kit Inspired Bathroom too! While you're getting ready for work in a morning be surrounded by "colors, textural accents, star iconography and artwork with historical references to the Treble twentieth anniversary, you'll find a personal space that reflects a true passion for the Red Devils."

There's even a voice-controlled smart mirror -- on reflection, why would you need that?

But this only the latest in a long list of odd-ball sponsorship deals. Here's five of our favourites.

Crouch names son after Divock Origi (almost)

What a day it was for Liverpool on Saturday as the Reds beat Tottenham 2-0 to win the UEFA Champions League, the club's sixth European title.

Mohamed Salah scored the first from the penalty spot, but the real celebrations began when Divock Origi netted the second late in the game.

So what better way to mark such a momentous occasion by naming your newborn son after Origi?

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch was obviously cock-a-hoop, taking to Twitter to announce his son was to be called Divock Samrat Crouch -- the middle name being the striker's favourite Bangladeshi and Indian restaurant in the London borough of Ealing.

Alas, it was all a big wind up... as 13 minutes later Crouch admitted his wife wasn't on board with the name. Oh well...

Messi, Mbappe, Aguero on the case

With long-haul journeys a regular chore for the professional footballer, it's only natural that players find a way to help break the monotony of being ferried to and from games all over the world.

Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Aguero, Benjamin Mendy and Lionel Messi have extolled the virtues of a new travel case that allows full-sized consoles like the Playstation 4 and Xbox One to be brought along for the ride.

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Portable gaming is among the most popular options, with footballers taking laptops and handheld devices along on the road to help pass the time.

The game has been changed by Dutch company JZ Designs, who have designed the Game Case 2.0.

The company was started by Kai Herrings, who also happens to be a centre-back playing for Dutch side Fortuna Sittard.

Oddly enough, it was former Chelsea stalwart John Terry who placed the first order a couple of years ago. Since then, the requests -- including special personalised models -- have come rolling in.

"[Sergio] Aguero called for two custom white Game Cases," Heerings told BBC Sport. "Then last year he called again to order the new model, one for himself and one was for Messi.

"We didn't know if he was joking, but it was really cool seeing the incoming money transfer state L. Messi," he added.

Nostradamus Warnock predicted Liverpool's fate

It turns out that Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock was bang on the money when it came to Liverpool's season ... back in October.

Warnock had just watched his side get battered 4-1 by Liverpool at Anfield, but he didn't think they had it in them to go on and win the Premier League.

He was right about that, of course. And it was a double-whammy from Warnock as he also predicted that Liverpool would win the Champions League!

"I think they have more chance of winning the Champions League if I'm honest," Warnock told the BBC. "They are that type of team with the forwards they have.

"I think [Manchester] City will be too strong for them in the league. But I think it might be their year in the Champions League."

We're getting on the mobile to ask Warnock for some lottery numbers for seven months' time.