It's official: the mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be a wolf that wears sunglasses, takes selfies and may or may not be based on Cristiano Ronaldo.
The wolf is named "Zabivaka" or "the one who scores."
A wolf named Zabivaka has been chosen as the 2018 #WorldCup Russia mascot after over 1,000,000 votes were cast!https://t.co/zuhJBMJXSq pic.twitter.com/nQaEMjedQ2— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) October 21, 2016
Let me just be the first to say his sunglasses are dumb. They look more like safety glasses, and wolves shouldn't need safety glasses. Other animals should wear safety glasses when wolves come near wolves. Is he afraid of getting pine needles in his eyes? What's going on here?
That went a little off the rails, but I stand by my point. In any case, the wolf beat out some kind of cat thing and an astronaut tiger.
(Also FIFA paid the student who made up the mascot like $500 for it, which is horrible)
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