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Nike uses VR to make you a Brazilian football superstar

Be Neymar Jr. in VR

Many football (or soccer, for those who play football with their hands) fans out there would give anything to experience what it’d be like to step into Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr.’s shoes. And now they finally can thanks to Nike and VR.

Rather than promote its new Hypervenom Phantom II shoes with a traditional commercial, Nike has turned to virtual reality, so that fans all over the world can know what it feels like to be their idol.

Using a Google Cardboard headset, you can see what it feels like to face off against a team of defenders, outmaneuver them on the pitch and even score a goal while experiencing the adoration of a stadium full of cheering fans. You can also see what it’s like to speak in Portuguese!

You can view the video below on your phone and move it around to get the full VR experience, or watch it on your computer in glorious 4K quality using YouTube's 360-degree feature.

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.