I'm a sucker for a good ad, and this new one from adidas joins the Beats by Dre ad form the World Cup and the BT Sport ones from the summer as the best in recent memory. Perfect music, plenty of self-awareness, lots of humor, energy, and wonderful visuals -- it's got it all. The zoom out sequence with the Bale celebration is priceless.
The music's called on 'Battle Royale (Haters Instrumental VIP)' by Apashe and is available on both Google Play and iTunes. Into the mix it goes.
For a stark comparison, here's how NOT to do an ad. The latest from PUMA, starring Balotelli, Fabregas, and Henry. Yikes.
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