Most people have run out of superlatives for Lionel Messi’s performances on a soccer field. “La Pulga” (The Flea) has taken the World Cup in stride — four goals in three games — and catapulted Argentina into the Round of 16, where they will now face Switzerland.
His goal-scoring prowess, however, wasn’t enough to impress his top critic: Antonio Cuccitini, his grandfather.
The striker’s grandpa wasn’t too pleased with his famous grandson’s performances in Brazil 2014 thus far. Cuccitini told AS.com:
"I think he’s been pretty poor. In Spain, he’s got more zip, he goes around 22 players. He needs to get his spark back. Right now Leo isn’t running, I’m not convinced by him. I’m truthful and I don’t have time for hot air.”
Ouch! That’s gotta hurt.
Despite three “man of the match” performances, does Messi’s grandad really think the four-time Ballon d’Or winner isn’t putting the effort in? That’s a stretch and one that we can’t believe.
“You can’t demand everything,” Cuccitini said. “He’s not God, who can do it all. … Keep your chin up, you’ll do great, I love you lots.”
You’ve been warned.
Brazilian TV station Globo has designed a horrifying animatronic version of Lionel Messi.
Words cannot do it justice, so take a look for yourself:
The robot version of the Argentine star is being used in pre- and postgame TV coverage of the World Cup. It also interacts with (traumatized) fans.
We’re sorry, but you just can’t unsee that.
Got some cash to burn? Or just really don’t like a particular player or a team?
Most online betting sites let you wager on your favorite (or least favorite) teams, the likely tournament winners and top players.
And then there’s the fun stuff. And the truly insane.
Here’s a roundup of some of the wackier prop bets you can make on the World Cup through betting site Paddy Power:
We’re no gambling experts at the FOX Soccer towers, but it’s pretty safe to assume that Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar will NOT be held scoreless in Brazil this summer.
H/T Paddy Power.
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We all have idols, and very few of us actually get to meet them face to face. In the rare occasion that it happens, the reactions range from uncontrollable joy to stunned silence.
When Trinidad & Tobago faced Argentina on Wednesday, one player used the handshake line as his opportunity to show respect to his idol, Lionel Messi.
Was this the most appropriate setting for Ataullah Guerra to actually bow down to Messi? Probably not. Then again, it’s not often one gets this rare opportunity, so we can’t really blame him for taking advantage of the situation.
But we doubt Messi will receive the same treatment from his opponents in Brazil.
Ever since shows like Candid Camera and Punk’d came around, people everywhere are skeptical when presented with a situation that seems too good to be true.
This is especially true when a person is surprised by their sporting idol.
Head and Shoulders filmed a stunt in which people were dared to hug whatever came out of a special box. A knight, an astronaut, an elderly women; you name it, it came out of that box.
But then, a surprise guest made an appearance:
You can see the gears turning in their heads. "Is that really Lionel Messi? I mean, really? It can’t be. Maybe? YES IT IS LIONEL MESSI!"
Eventually, everyone accepted it was truly Messi standing in front of them, and they hugged him like they’ve never hugged before. D’awwwww.
(H/T SB Nation)
Adidas unveiled their official World Cup TV spot during halftime of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final, and of course it didn’t disappoint.
With the tagline “All In or Nothing,” the ad features some of adidas’ biggest clients - Lionel Messi, Dani Alves, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil, Luis Suárez, Robin van Persie and Xavi - and is directed by “City of God” director Fernando Meirelles. And yes, none other than Kanye West is on the 1s and 2s.
Watch it below:
What does it take to get Lionel Messi, Neymar, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, Eric Abidal, Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique to sing like huge dorks in a music video? The last name on that list probably gives it away.
Shakira recorded a World Cup version of her song “La La La” for Brazil this summer, and recruited some of the world’s biggest soccer stars to appear in the video for it.
See? Even some of the world’s biggest stars like to lip-sync just like us. They even look just as dorky doing it, too.
But the real star of the video, however, is Shakira and Gerard’s son, Milan, as he adorably plays soccer with an elephant. Not bad for a 16-month-old!