Neymar Takes On Ken Block in Soccer-Racing Battle of ‘Footkhana’

Castrol doubles up

You've probably never wondered whether Ken Block is better at playing soccer in a car than Neymar is at playing soccer not in a car.

Yet, in the run-up to the World Cup in June, Castrol presents Footkhana—a mashup of football (aka, soccer) and gymkhana (aka, course-based stunt driving). In other words, you get to watch the racing star spin donuts around the soccer player while the soccer player juggles the ball. Then you get to see how the two compete against each other in a shootout.

It does feel a bit like it's just riding the coattails of DC Shoes' wild success with the first five Ken Block Gymkhana videos (three of which are among the 20 most-shared ads ever posted online) and a sixth one promoting video game franchise Need for Speed). The soccer tie-in adds enough of a twist, though, to keep it from getting stale. And beyond the obvious excess of motor-revving noises, a couple of unexpected moments make up for the length.

Now all we need is Curlkhana. Ken Block vs. the Canadian curling team.