January 10, 2013 |
The Turkish Airlines' commercial starring Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi, soccer's player of the year, has become the "most-watched [ad] ever on YouTube," according to AdWeek. The spot beat out the Angry Birds cinematic trailer and Evian's Roller Babies commercial. The original video, embedded below, has already climbed to almost 102 million views. In the clip, Bryant and Messi compete for the attention of a young boy, who ultimately opts for ice cream over either sports star's antics. The "behind the scenes" clip is at a more modest 100,000 views, but shows Bryant and Messi on set as they shoot the spot.
February 7, 2013 |
Lionel Messi said on Thursday when he signed a two-year contract extension that he envisions playing only for FC Barcelona while in Europe. Messi, 25, also believes he'll end his playing days in Argentina. "I have said before that as far as Europe goes I would like to end my career at Barcelona,” the club's all-time leading scorer said. “I don't think about playing for any other team on the continent. That said, I don't rule out ending my playing career in Argentina.” The four-time reigning FIFA world player of the year who joined Barcelona as a 13-year-old and made his first appearance with the powerhouse at 17, is now under contract through 2018, when he will be 31 and at the end of his prime.
December 18, 2012 |
Lionel Messi will score at least 540 more goals and be named world soccer player of the year seven more times before his time with Barcelona comes to an end. Well, that's what will happen if he sticks to this year's record pace of 90 goals (and counting) and continues his streak of three -- undoubtedly soon to be an unprecedented four -- straight player-of-the year awards while playing out his newly extended contract with the Spanish powerhouse. Messi, 25, agreed to a new contract with Barcelona on Tuesday that will lasts until June 30, 2018, the club said in a statement.
August 30, 2012 |
Lionel Messi is considered by most soccer experts to be the best player in the world today, yet it's safe to assume a majority of Americans have never heard of him. Well, allow us to show a little video evidence to everyone out there as to why you should get to know him. During Barcelona's loss to Real Madrid in the 2012 Supercopa, Messi scored an amazing goal off a free kick. As you can see in the video above, it looks as if even some of the players on the field couldn't believe he scored.
December 6, 2012 |
Turkish Airlines released a commercial that features Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi competing for a kid's attention. The enviable kid walks back and forth on an airplane as Bryant and Messi each try to impress him. Messi kicks the ball in place, using some fancy footwork. Bryant responds by passing the ball through his legs over and over again as they're extended in the air. And so on and so forth. It's pretty amusing. Who does the kid choose? He eventually walks away from both men to eat some ice cream.
March 17, 2010 |
Anything Wayne Rooney can do, Lionel Messi can do twice as well. That was the message coming out of Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium Wednesday after Messi, the Argentine star, scored two goals and assisted on another to power defending champion Barcelona to a 4-0 European Champions League victory over VfB Stuttgart in Spain. Messi, 22, could have netted a hat trick but was denied a third goal by Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann's superb save as the former German international dived low to his left to make a one-handed stop on Messi's downward header.