The 2018 World Cup kicked off on Thursday with the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
After Russia scored the first goal of the tournament, president Vladimir Putin gave Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman a shrug and a handshake that was captured by cameras.
Twitter was quick to react to the interaction, imagining the possible conversations surrounding the handshake.
The 2018 World Cup kicked off on Thursday with Russia beating Saudi Arabia, 5-0, in the opening match.
While the rest of the tournament will be filled with iconic and memorable moments on the pitch, it’s likely that the lasting image from the opening game of the tournament will be the shrug and consequent handshake Russian president Vladimir Putin gave Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman after the first goal of the game.
Just 12 minutes into the match, the Saudi backline got caught out of place after a corner kick, leaving a wide open opportunity for Yury Gazinsky to score the opening goal of the tournament.
What a time to get your first international goal!
Gazinsky scores the first goal of the FIFA #WorldCup to put Russia ahead 1-0. #RUSKSA pic.twitter.com/d0RKDcA97R
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 14, 2018
The goal was a great start to the tournament for the host nation, but the moment that had everyone talking took place in the immediate aftermath, when cameras caught the now infamous interaction between the Russian president and Crown Prince, starting with a shrug, followed by a sympathetic handshake.
Naturally, Twitter was quick to get its jokes off.
🤝 Twitter when it sees this handshake…#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YqyucAfc99
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) June 14, 2018
Thought that Saudi marking on the back post was suspect for the Russia goal, but not match-fixing suspect, until I saw MBS and Putin shaking hands in front of a smiling Infantino. I laughed. pic.twitter.com/bBvJd2tBtr
— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) June 14, 2018
Putin shake that hand like…. “We still building the pipeline right dawg?”🤣🤣🤣🤣
— senator_forde (@Kerwyn_Forde) June 14, 2018
Putin and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia coming up with some new ways to keep that oil price high pic.twitter.com/87ubhxRXKI
— Justin (@justinbo25) June 14, 2018
Putin: “I bet you half my gas reserves Trump signs a free trade agreement with me first.”
Crown Prince: “You are on.”
Gianni: *thinking* my heroes. pic.twitter.com/TMDe65997o
— Caiphus Kgosana (@CaiphusK_11) June 14, 2018
There’s plenty of football left to be played before a winner is declared in Russia, but there’s a chance the most memorable image of the tournament has already been captured.
Russia would go on to win the match 5-0 over Saudi Arabia.
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Source:: Business Insider – Sports