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Vieira and Van Nistelrooy star in new Champions League TV ads

Heineken has produced two new 'Legendary Football' TV adverts, to be screened during coverage of this season's Champions League games.

Starring Gianluigi Buffon, Rene Adler, Patrick Vieira, Clarence Seedorf and Ruud Van Nistelrooy, who between them have made more than 350 Champions League match appearances, the ads aim to highlight the theatrical appeal of the Champions League.

One of the ads sees Seedorf line up to take a shot at Buffon, filmed in a European opera house, while the second ad takes place in an ancient Roman gladiator ring, where Vieira and Van Nistelrooy compete to win a header.

Vieira says the gladiatorial setting of his battle with Van Nistelrooy is an appropriate backdrop.

“When you walk out you hear the Champions League music, you think ‘This is it’," he said. "This is our moment and when you’re there and you walk out onto the pitch, you play against the best teams in Europe, and the matches are always very exciting.

"I do think that there is a parallel between art and soccer, when you are playing in the Champions League you feel that you are in an arena. We players compare ourselves to gladiators and when the battle starts against the opponent you then have to go out there and try to win the match.”

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