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Pepsi drops ‘Nutmeg Royale’ with Leo Messi, Paul Pogba and Ronaldinho

Pepsi has dropped an exciting football film, ‘Nutmeg Royale’. Centered around the beautiful game’s craftiest move, the carbonated-drink giant has tapped into its incomparable and proven ability to seamlessly bring the worlds of football culture and entertainment together to deliver an action-packed, star-studded campaign under its new international tagline, ‘Thirsty For More’.

Leading with an epic hero film, fans can see the world’s all time football great and seven time Ballon D’Or winner – Leo Messi – alongside iconic players – Paul Pogba and Ronaldinho – take part in their toughest match to date. Outwitting each other, as well as unsuspecting locals alike, the elite football stars battle it out in a sensationally entertaining nutmeg tournament. The fast-paced action movie-style ad is packed with cameos, trick shots and Pepsi’s signature humour, all to one of the most iconic football soundtracks of Fatboy Slim’s infectious ‘The Rockafeller Skank’. Adding to the legendary line-up, football influencers Luva de Pedreiro and Kaljit Atwal can also be spotted showcasing their trademark skills. As part of its new international tagline ‘Thirsty for More’,  Pepsi is championing the ambition of ‘Generation Thirsty’ – a tribe of individuals with a curious mindset – by shining a light on the next generation of amazing talent, making Luva and Kaljit the perfect fit for the brand.

The ‘Nutmeg Royale’ film

In ‘Nutmeg Royale’ everything and everyone is a target. A trick reserved for the risk-takers who are thirsty for the rush of the game, the nutmeg requires confidence, skill and impeccable timing. It’s more than just a move on the pitch, it’s a mindset. Directed by Ernest Desumbila, Barcelona’s multi award-winning filmmaker, the ‘Nutmeg Royale’ film is layered with football culture references from start to finish, highlighting the universality of the much-adored game, and the intersection of the sport with popular culture – which Pepsi has long been at the forefront of.

The gripping creative is kick-started by all-time GOAT Leo Messi getting distracted by nothing less than Pepsi’s great tasting cola in the heat of the day. The distraction moment acts as the catalyst for the nutmeg royale battle which ensues, and the unexpected football fun kick-started by the global football stars grabs the attention of everyone from local passersby to news channels around the world. Even social media can be seen going haywire with reputable football journalist and influencer Fabrizio Romano telling the world about the fast footwork on his platforms! Pogba and Ronaldinho both make their skills clear to secure their places on the nutmeg leaderboard in the showdown, which is delivered with the voice of iconic sport commentator Peter Drury as – he too – cannot believe what he is witnessing. With the streets abuzz with the action of the battle, an unexpected nutmegged ball flies through the sky, and is met by the humble hoofs of Horsinho the Horse who, not one to miss out, gets in on action and excels in the art of nutmegging. The film comes to a dramatic close with one final nutmeg ‘goal’.

With an archive bursting with football entertainment, ‘Nutmeg Royale’ goes above and beyond to deliver entertainment to fans of all ages. From the widely-recognized hit song ‘The Rockafeller Skank’ being the film’s epic soundtrack, to the retro video game motifs, the ad is peppered with pop-culture references that bring to life the universality of the game. Fans may also recognize the jersey worn by players, which pays homage to the iconic 2002 Pepsi football jersey, which is a nod to the brand’s long and unparalleled impact on football culture. Fans watching closely may notice a hidden code they need to scan to be in with a chance of getting their hands on an exciting new launch from Pepsi, set to drop in the coming weeks too.

‘Thirsty For More’

‘Nutmeg Royale’ is the first campaign to come under Pepsi’s new international brand campaign ‘Thirsty for More’ which launched earlier this month. ‘Thirsty For More’ is a shared mindset between the brand and its consumers and celebrates and rewards those who pursue their curiosity to experience the exciting and unexpected. ‘Thirsty For More’ will come to life through a range of experiences and content across purpose, products, passions such as football and music.

Speaking on the new campaign, Pepsi’s senior director, global marketing, Gustavo Reyna said: “We are so excited to share the ‘Nutmeg Royale’ football film with the world, as it is a true celebration of what Pepsi does best – have fun.  When we decided to create this campaign, we knew the nutmeg was the perfect move to showcase.  A nutmeg move is for the quick-witted, the ambitious, and fun-lovers that are thirsty for the thrill of the game. Creating entertaining moments for our consumers to enjoy is at the core of who we are at Pepsi. It’s this unexpected fun that we really wanted to shine through in everything we do. With this film and theupcoming moments we have planned, we’ve done just that!”

Commenting on debuting the Nutmeg Royale football film in the Middle East, Aamer Sheikh, CEO Middle East, PepsiCo said: “Pepsi brand has always connected with fans through our shared passions, like music and football, both of which allow us to celebrate and have fun with our consumers across the Middle East. We’re excited to launch the ‘Nutmeg Royale’ film, as football season begins. Football brings us all together, across generations and borders, to share a love of the game, and the ‘Nutmeg Royale’ film captures this spirit. We have already brought unforgettable moments to our consumers, and have even more planned that will bring ‘Thirsty For More’ to life in a distinctly local way. Stay tuned for more!”