OK, so, yeah, this is just one long ad for Nike Football. But the company's animated short The Last Game is really, really cool.
Here's the set-up: An evil corporation called Perfect Inc. has figured out a way to take all the risk — and all the fun — out of soccer by outfitting an army of clones with special clothing to give them perfect football abilities. But when the game is perfected, all the big-name players are left without a job. Worst of all, soccer becomes boring!
So the best footballers in the world — Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar Júnior, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Andrés Iniesta, David Luiz, Franck Ribéry, Tim Howard and Ronaldo Fenomeno — join forces to take the game back. And it all comes down to a winner-take-all match in Brazil, the site of the 2014 World Cup.
Basically, it's the soccer version of Avengers. And it's pretty great. Here's the full video:
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