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Kobe Bryant, Lionel Messi in “selfies” shootout ad (VIDEO)

NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant takes a penalty kick as part of a promotion during halftime of the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester United in Landover

NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant (2nd L) takes a penalty kick as part of a promotion during halftime of the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester United in Landover, Maryland, July 30, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL SOCCER)

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Got to hand it to Turkish Airlines — they are willing to pay for two of the most expensive sports sponsors in the world, then they have put together some pretty clever ads for them.

The latest has Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi — apparently both having time on their hands as they try to recover from injuries — flying around the globe taking “selfies” in front of famed locations. Or with a lion. Or a shark.

It’s a little tough to tell, but Bryant seems to move pretty well in this commercial, maybe he is close to returning.

Hat tip to Lang “King of the Selfie” Whitaker at NBA.com’s All Ball.