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Barcelona's Brilliant Qatar Airways Advert Takes Off Online (VIDEO)

27/08/2013 13:15 BST | Updated 27/08/2013 13:18 BST

Football adverts have become so cringingly uncool it is with a heavy heart we have to commend Qatar Airways, sponsors of Barcelona, for getting it right with a truly excellent commercial.

The airport made for the perfect venue when Nike filmed their 1998 pre-World Cup advert with the Brazilian national team, and Barça have paid a subtle homage.

Jackie Wilson's (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher plays over the 90-second advert, which begins with a plane arriving "in the land of FC Barcelona" where customs officer Gerard Piqué confirms new signing Neymar has "landed".

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Following an air hostess' tour of the land, she sees Masia graduates Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets create some art before spying on Lionel Messi coordinating some footballing aerobics.

Ex-Barça striker Gary Lineker also crops up briefly, and Carles Puyol offers some five star service by protecting a couple from a falling flower pot by heading, yes, heading, it to smithereens.

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Inevitably, the advert climaxes at a nocturnal Camp Nou to round off a feel-good minute-and-a-half.