Pepsi MAX® yesterday globally premièred the latest evolution of the brand’s 2014 football campaign – a new series of shorts and a TV commercial that celebrate football and music proving that “NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.” The “NOW” creative isset to air in nearly 100 countries. Starring the impressive 2014 Pepsi MAX all-star football lineup – Robin van Persie, David Luiz, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Agüero, Jack Wilshere and four-time player of the year, Leo Messi – the spot fuses the world of football and music through extraordinary singer / songwriter / producer Janelle Monáe as she performs an exclusive, fresh take of David Bowie’s iconic classic, “Heroes” – available today on iTunes worldwide.

Argentina Captain Leo Messi comments: “Pepsi celebrates the passion and energy of football fans. It is a mesmerizing anthem, uniting us all – on the street or on a pitch – in a celebration of the moment.”

The creative unfolds many surprises as it meanders through the streets of Rio and is told through the eyes of digital beat sensation, Stony – an everyday hero – proving that every day can become extraordinary when you live for now. With the instantly recognisable sound of the Pepsi MAX can as the starting point, Stony takes fans through a colorful, rhythmic journey uniting football, music and art. The intertwined story ends with an electric culmination where Stony steps into an urban pitch filled with a crowd of fans united in a spontaneous moment of celebration.

Much like sports unite the world through friendly competition, Stony unites famous footballers, the city of Rio and Janelle with a simple beat to create a passion that is irresistible.

“I love everything the film stands for. To me, it is all about that extraordinary burst of courage and passion which can embolden everyday people in a moment of spontaneity, which is also the message of David Bowie’s venerable song,” said Monáe. “I was honored to join Pepsi for this campaign and remind people that now more than ever, we can all be heroes.”

The interactive film of the commercial provides an immersive viewing experience, with a series of original moments for fans to unlock. The “now” is put directly into the hands of the fan, unlocking additional interactive content to delve deeper into Stony’s tour through the streets of Rio – allowing them to create their own experience. The compelling, interactive escape offers twists and turns to the story of the footballers, Rio, Stony and Janelle and how their worlds sync up, all brought to life in an engaging, uniquely shareable way.

For more information on Pepsi MAX and “Live For Now” visit www.Pepsi.com/futbolnow and follow the conversation online with #FutbolNow.

“Heroes” is available on iTunes worldwide at: http://smarturl.it/JMheroes_iTunes

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