Brazilian TV station creates terrifying animatronic Lionel Messi

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.

(h/t NESN)

PSV’s Memphis Depay’s protective mask is nightmare fuel

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That, right there, is quite the busted-up eye. PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay picked up the shiner over the weekend against Vitesse Arnhem, courtesy of an errant elbow.

Reportedly, Depay is medically cleared to play this weekend against Roda, so long as he wears a protective mask. So, how do you make a scary young talent even more frightening?


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Like that. You add a flesh-colored demon mask, that’s how. Depay looks like the unfortunate hell-spawn of Hannibal Lecter and Michael Myers.

Here’s to hoping it’s only temporary, because we can’t imagine anyone wanting to mark the 20-year-old when he’s sporting that.

(h/t 101GG)


Keeper knocked unconscious after colliding with post

PSV goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton had to be put in a neck brace and taken off the pitch in an ambulance after an ugly collision with the goalpost in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Roda.

While making a fantastic save on a free kick, Tyson’s head first crashed into the post before violently slapping off the ground, knocking him unconscious. Medical staff quickly moved in to stabilize his neck and transported him to a nearby hospital.

PSV was forced to play midfielder Ola Toivonen in net to see out the final three minutes, as the team had already used up all three substitutions, but that surely was the last of their worries at the moment. Thankfully, initial reports from the hospital say that Tyton will be okay.

H/T Dirty Tackle


Goalkeeper knocked unconscious after hitting post

If you’ve played goalkeeper before, you know there is always a risk of getting hurt even though you’re not a field player (just ask Petr Cech, who nearly lost his life in a scary collision with an opponent in 2006). In the Belgium Pro League this weekend, we saw exactly how scary life as a goalkeeper can be.

Sporting Lokeren’s Boubacar Copa Barry was knocked unconscious after smashing his head against the post while diving to his right to save a shot by Club Brugge’s Carlos Bacca. Barry, who is also Cote d’Ivoire’s national team keeper, remained motionless on the ground for several minutes before being stretchered off and taken to the nearest hospital.

Thankfully, Barry’s injury was not life-threatening. According to Belgian news site Knack.be, Barry suffered a concussion, but was later discharged from hospital.

UPDATE: Lokeren spokesman Romain Van Schoor said Tuesday the club ”does not expect him to play in any of the remaining games of the playoffs,” which end on May 19.