what to drink now: Pepsi Max

At a time when the world could use a little more fizz, Pepsi MAX delivers in a highly entertaining new campaign that will cut across a mix of creative worlds with the uncontainable fizz of the brand. From thumb-stopping social content to its latest UEFA Champions League Football campaign, FIZZ brings together the delicious taste of Pepsi MAX with the passions of those who love drinking it. 

This year’s global football campaign in support of the UEFA Champions League partnership across Men’s and Women’s keeps the fizz going with energetic entertainment for fans around the world. Once again, Pepsi MAX brings together an impressive lineup of the world’s best footballers, expanding its roster led by reigning GOAT Leo Messi and world champion Paul Pogba, with two new additions to the squad: Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho, and UEFA Women’s Champions League winner Shanice van de Sanden,

The football effort is led by a high-energy film, “Fizz to Life, that showcases epic football skills set to a custom music track created for the campaign, “Rotate”, by global superstar Becky G and two-time Grammy nominated Afro-fusion musician Burna Boy. The creative fizzes from beginning to end, showcasing how Pepsi MAX football breaks the bubble of the 90-minute game. The ad opens with a student on her laptop. An infectious beat drops, and the cracking sound of an ice-cold can of Pepsi MAX being opened awakens images of Messi, Pogba, Sancho and van de Sanden on the walls.  The chase for the fizzing can of Pepsi MAX is on as the players show off their flair and charisma with fast-paced football skills, shuffling and dribbling while leaping in and out of posters and magazines around the room. 

The commercial is directed by Raine Allen-Miller, a powerful new voice in filmmaking. For this collaboration with Pepsi MAX, she incorporates her quick-fire storytelling style to show just how far the players will go for the Pepsi MAX fizz. Allen-Miller explains: “It was an honor to work with some of the world’s biggest football talent and to be able to showcase the players’ unique personalities and passions in the film. I had a great time collaborating with Pepsi MAX to create a visually compelling world for the film and tell this fast-paced and fun story – which I know both football and music fans are going to love!”

In addition to the hero creative, “Rotate” will be the soundtrack for an exciting array of digital content across multiple social platforms where fans will be able to interact with their favorite players like never before, including a world-first football challenge with TikTok Duet. Additionally, the campaign’s limited-edition packaging, which integrates bold designs rooted in music culture and featuring the four players, gives fans an augmented reality experience accessed through a QR code on pack. When scanned, consumers can play an interactive game with their favorite players and share their scores to Instagram Stories.

Leo Messi commented: “I am excited to once again be a part of the Pepsi MAX football squad. This year has been so much fun to film; I know fans are going to love it.”

Paul Pogba commented: “It’s great to be back again for another year with Pepsi MAX. This year is even bigger than before with epic football skills and mad tunes. I can’t wait for you all to see it!”

Shanice van de Sanden commented: “I’m thrilled to be part of the 2021 Pepsi MAX football lineup. The creative is packed full of energy and includes a great mix of amazing football skills and music, which I absolutely love.”

Jadon Sancho commented: “I’ve loved filming with the Pepsi MAX squad this year! I can’t wait for you guys to see what happens when you combine football skills with some crazy new beats. It definitely won’t disappoint.”

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