Soccer superstar Lionel Messi starred in a new Samsung Galaxy ad featuring motorcycle chases, parkour and a potential alien apocalypse — things most soccer players have to deal with on a regular basis.
Regardless of the premise, the ad is pretty cool. Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona, is innocently dribbling his soccer ball down the street, when suddenly he becomes the target of unidentified villains. They chase him on motorcycle and with unmarked black cars while he evades them, never losing his soccer ball.
At one point he dribbles his way through a Chinese restaurant, probably because no one can turn down good dim sum. At the end, he is awarded the captain armband for planet earth, as we discover there are aliens are about to invade the city.
The ending tagline is “Football will save the planet.” A little heavy handed for an ad for a cell phone, but you know, at least it was pretty to look at.