The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is only ONE. WEEK. AWAY. If for some strange reason you're not excited yet, that's okay, just watch this video.
It's the latest, longest, and most ambitious in Beats by Dre's series of ads featuring some of the world's top athletes. This special World Cup ad opens with Brazil's superstar striker Neymar Jr. getting an inspirational pep talk from his father, Neymar da Silva Sr. Afterwards, Neymar Jr. puts on his headphones, the music kicks in ( "Jungle" by X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons), and a mesmerizing montage of big-name footballers performing various pre-game rituals begins.
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Among the other stars featured here: Spain's Fabregas, who kisses the ring his girlfriend gave him exactly four times; Uruguay's Luis Suarez, who kisses the tattoo on his wrist of his son and daughter's names; and Mexico's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who prays on his knees as his father taught him.
(The United States' own Jozy Altidore also makes an appearance, as does Netherlands's Robin Van Persie, England's Daniel Sturridge, France's Bacaray Sagna and Blaise Matudi, and Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze.)
The video, called "The Game Before The Game," stars some very famous non-footballers as well, including LeBron James, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rafaella Beckran (Neymar Jr.'s sister), Serena Williams, and some of this year's World Cup pundits: Thierry Henry, Rio Ferdinand, and ESPN's Stuart Scott. Also making an appearance: United States soccer star Sydney Leroux.
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