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WATCH: More than three million people watch Orpington-raised football freestyler

PUBLISHED: 15:54 26 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:54 26 May 2016

Marc Cumberbatch

Marc Cumberbatch

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The new Pepsi MAX advert was released on YouTube this month

A Beckenham footballing talent is the star of an advert showcasing one of the toughest skills in the game - the volley.

Marc Cumberbatch, 31, is one of six stars that features in the advert for Pepsi MAX, as semi-pros, freestylers, parkour experts and gymnasts enter a custom circular pitch to volley balls which could come from any angle, at any speed at any time.

Since its release last week, the advert has gained more than three million views on YouTube.

Mr Cumberbtach, who grew up in Orpington, explained how he first found his footballing feet: “I was always practising kick ups with the ball from when I was 7 or 8 years old.

“Like a lot of youngsters, I wanted to become a professional footballer so I would constantly practise whenever I could.

“As I got older, I became comfortable keeping the ball in the air with all parts of the body, not just my feet, and I started working on different tricks and skills from there.”

Since playing for the likes of Barnet, the talent has since starred in adverts for Nike and Adidas.

He described the life of a football freestyler: “Being a football freestyler allows you to showcase your skills to a huge variety of audiences.

“From performing shows at football presentation days and weddings, all the way up to performing at some of the biggest sports events watched by thousands.

“It’s great to be able to perform to such a variety of people and especially to inspire and encourage youngsters to be active and get involved in sport.

“I’m a UEFA B football coach and thrive on improving young players skills, techniques, understanding and attitude when it comes to football.

“Becoming a football freestyler has enabled me to have some amazing experiences with some of the biggest names in football and I’ve worked as a skills double for players such as Thierry Henry.”

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