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Something Really Sweet Just Happened At The World Cup

No one knew what the player was doing — until he opened his hands.

Every four years, billions of people across the world watch the FIFA World Cup soccer matches. 

Gerard Pique playing for Barcelona
Spanish national team's Gerard Pique, who normally plays for Barcelona | Shutterstock

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.

Spain's Gerard Pique saving bird from World Cup pitch
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Cameras were rolling, broadcasting live from Russia across the world, as Pique walked over to a spot in the field and bent down. 

Spain's Gerard Pique saving bird from World Cup pitch
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The 31-year-old defender cupped his hands around something and lifted it up off the turf. 

Spain's Gerard Pique saving bird from World Cup pitch
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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. 

Spain's Gerard Pique saving bird from World Cup pitch
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After just a few seconds, the bird perked up and flew away. 

Piqué catching and releasing a little bird on the pitch 🐤❤️ #gerardpique #cutie

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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.