By Jeff Case
According to a report on Forbes.com, Kobe Bryant earns $28 million a year off his endorsement deals “with Nike, Smart Car and others.” One of those “others” is Turkish Airlines and, by the looks of things, Kobe isn’t giving them a second-rate effort in the advertising department.
After the lockout-shortened season of 2011-12, Kobe headed overseas as part of his Nike tour in August and, a month later, took a jaunt over to Turkey to film a Turkish Airlines commercial with another athlete known by one name (Lionel Messi of Barcelona … or as the cool kids call him, Messi).
The fruits of that pairing can be seen below in Turkish Airlines’ funny new spot. In it, an autograph-seeking child finds his way into the Kobe/Messi section of the flight. The two superstars proceed to try and one-up each other and win the kid’s attention with all manner of ball-handling, card and, yes, balloon-animal making tricks.
Kobe’s love of soccer (aka football for you non-Americans) is well documented. He soaked up plenty of the action during the 2016 Olympic Games. All that stuff aside, you have to see this commercial for a good laugh for two: