By Ben Brody
Sure, companies unleash a lot of money — and creativity (sometimes) — for Super Bowl ads. But it’s World Cup spots that get the eyeballs, at least on the web. Since April, viewers spent 1.2 billion minutes on YouTube watching World Cup ads, according to the video-sharing service. That’s about four times what they spent viewing Super Bowl ads this year. What’s everyone watching? These:
1. “Winner Stays,” Nike
With nearly 82 million views, this is one of this year’s most popular ads. It starts with two teams of regular guys challenging each other to a match, but as the game goes on, they transform into Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar Jr. and other well-known players. Basketball star Kobe Bryant and the Incredible Hulk even make appearances. This 4-minute spoof is perfect for half-time or pre-game viral viewing.
2. “House Match,” Adidas
What would it be like if David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane…
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