VIDEO: Lionel Messi Duels with Kobe Bryant, Celtic Pays Tribute to Barca

Xoel CardenasContributor IIIDecember 7, 2012

Photo courtesy of Turkish Airlines.
Photo courtesy of Turkish Airlines.

What happens when the world's best footballer meets up with one of the greatest basketball players of all-time?

Competition—and comedy!

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant came together recently for a Turkish Airlines commercial. As most of you know, Turkish Airlines is the official airline of FC Barcelona. 

In the commercial, Messi and The Black Mamba battle to win a kid's attention. The kid—who is carrying a ball that purposely looks like the Turkish Airlines logo—is stunned to see Leo, and goes to get his autograph.

But in typical Kobe fashion, he tries to steal all the glory and the show—this time with some nice skills with the basketball.

FYI: Don't get mad, Laker fans. I'm a Laker fan myself.

Not to be outdone, Messi shows off his foot skills with a football.

The duel goes back and forth. We even see a card-building duel. Messi's card house kind of looks like La Masia, the famed youth academy of FC Barcelona, only with a windmill. Coincidence? I think not. 

The duel goes on until the flight attendant tops both Kobe and Messi with cream.

What's wrong with that kid?! You can get ice cream anywhere—at any time. But meeting Messi and Kobe at the same time is once in a lifetime.

I'm kidding, of course.

Check out the video!


Celtic Pay Tribute to Barcelona

One last thing, Barcelona’s 0-0 draw against Benfica on Wednesday helped Celtic FC move on to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as the Scottish squad defeated Spartak Moscow 2-1. Celtic needed Barça to hold off Benfica for Celtic be able to move on to the round of 16.

After the game, the Celtic Park PA system started to play the "Himne Del FC Barcelona" as a “Thank You" to el blaugrana for keeping Benfica from advancing. Take a look at the short videos.

Much respect to Celtic FC and all their fans.

Good luck in the knockout stage, Celtic.

Just as long as you don't run into FC Barcelona, of course.



Xoel, The Voice of FC Barcelona on the net, period.


Don't forget to check out my other columns:

Barca's Plan B If Messi Is Ever Out for a While

Why We Could See Pep and Mou in Manchester Soon 

FC Barcelona: The All Time Best XI