Game on! Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi face off in Turkish Airlines’ latest TV ad

Turkish Airlines isn’t willing to settle for B-List celebrities in the making of its TV ads.

Game on! Kobe Bryant vs Lionel Messi on Turkish Airline's latest TV ad

Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi shows off his football skills on board Turkish Airlines.

Turkish Airlines’ latest TV ad features two of the most famous faces in the sports world: LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Argentine footballer Lionel Messi.

It’s been an instant hit on YouTube, with more than 36 million views since the video was posted on December 6.

In the video, Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi compete for a young fan’s attention on the plane by performing tricks in their seats.

But a Turkish Airlines flight attendant wins over the star-struck child in the end when she pops out from behind the curtain with a tray of icecream – much to the disappointment of the two sports stars.

Déjà Vu

Kobe Bryant is no stranger to Turkish Airlines’ adverts. He signed an endorsement deal with the airline in 2010 and can be seen once again showing off his competitive edge, this time against the airline’s in-flight chef in this ad:

Turkey’s state-run airline is a famous sponsor of sporting events and national teams, including Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney and his teammates make an appearance in another Turkish Airlines ad:

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