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After a long, drawn-out journey to get to Real Madrid, €100 million man Gareth Bale finally arrived in Spain. There to greet him was €94 million man (whose crown as “most expensive footballer” was usurped by Bale), Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid photogs presumably captured the first meeting between the two starlets. Or, at the very least, helped stage the handshake Real Madrid PR folks felt best conveyed: “Hey! Look how buddy-buddy these two individuals are!”
The image got us thinking of other awkward handshakes and high-fives in history, such as:
President Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley
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We’ll abstain from any “Jailhouse Rock” jokes.
Chris Bosh and Ronny Turiaf
Seriously, can Bosh do anything right in South Beach? What makes this worse is LeBron executes a slick, no look side-five just off to the right in the background. Way to rub it in, LBJ.
Four-way fail for Caps fans
Watch as pure joy turns into utter panic. This is like when four cars arrive at a four-way stop at exactly the same time. Nobody takes the initiative to just go for it, and everyone winds up looking like, well, that. At least the guy at the bottom had the smarts to bail out after being passed over. Also, kudos to the girl for eventually getting a high-five … from herself.
Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson
Here we see an unstoppable force clashing with an immovable object. Steven Tyler is geared up the high-five. Randy Jackson doesn’t do that old-school nonsense, opting for the fist-bump. What happens next is neither party willing to compromise, resulting in this dreadful manual embrace.
Bill Maher and Snoop Lion
A true master of all trades, Snoop Lion (nee Dogg) clearly knows how to handle an awkward handshake situation. Look at as he nimbly transitions from a fist bump into a handshake without skipping a beat. That’s high-level stuff.