Something Really Sweet Just Happened At The World Cup
No one knew what the player was doing — until he opened his hands.
Presumably, Gerard Pique, a defender for the Spanish national team who normally plays for Barcelona, had a lot on his mind just before Wednesday's game against Iran — but not so much that he could ignore something he spotted on the field in the minutes before kick-off.
Cameras were rolling, broadcasting live from Russia across the world, as Pique walked over to a spot in the field and bent down.
The 31-year-old defender cupped his hands around something and lifted it up off the turf.
Perhaps it was the bright lights of the stadium or the shouts of the fans readying for the game — something had stunned a little bird. But being in Pique's hands seemed to revive him.
After just a few seconds, the bird perked up and flew away.
The moment this wild bird was briefly off-sides may not have made the highlight reel — but it certainly was a highlight of the game.
Pique's team also won.