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Kobe Bryant, Lionel Messi in “selfies” shootout ad (VIDEO)

Dec 4, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

Got to hand it to Turkish Airlines — they are willing to pay for two of the most expensive sports sponsors in the world, then they have put together some pretty clever ads for them.

The latest has Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi — apparently both having time on their hands as they try to recover from injuries — flying around the globe taking “selfies” in front of famed locations. Or with a lion. Or a shark.

It’s a little tough to tell, but Bryant seems to move pretty well in this commercial, maybe he is close to returning.

Hat tip to Lang “King of the Selfie” Whitaker at NBA.com’s All Ball.

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    that’s bad ass!

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    With his recent 24 million balloon payment, new ridiculous contract and this ad he’s really raking in the dough. Damnnn.

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      He’s been raking in the dough for quite a while now.

      Before this season began (and before his balloon payment), he ALREADY had earned over $249 million in salary alone, plus many tens of millions more in endorsements.

      By the end of his recent contract extension, he’ll have earned over $328 million just from the Lakers.

      He’ll easily earn more than half a billion dollars from his basketball career combined (including endorsements too I mean).

      Plus, he’ll earn endorsement money after he retires too.

      So all together, due to his basketball ability and career, more than half a billion will have made it’s way to him.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Don’t state the obvious sportsfan. No ones saying he hasn’t already made a lot.

        I’m talking about recently, specifically in the past few months he’s really made a lot.

  3. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    He got to Istanbul pretty fast. Yeah he’s over that Achilles injury man!

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