World Cup: Croatian Goalkeeper Says Unwavering Red Dot On Head ‘Not A Distraction’ Heading Into Quarterfinal Match Against Russia
July 6th - Sources close to Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subašić say that he remains focused and ready for tomorrow’s World Cup quarterfinal match against Russia, even while dealing with the presence of an unwavering red dot on the back of his head.
Despite the unsettling appearance of the red dot, which has maintained its position on the back of Subašić’s head since Croatia defeated Denmark and cemented their place in the quarterfinals against the Russian national team, the goalkeeper remains adamant that it is “not a distraction” and that he “doesn’t fear for his life” in the slightest.
“This is the World Cup...the biggest sporting event in the world. When you play on such a prominent stage, adversity is just part of the experience,” said the Croatian netminder. “I have one job, and that is to focus on the upcoming match against a talented Russian squad. I can’t concern myself with silly distractions like hate mail, death threats, or an unwavering laser beam pointed at the back of my head. I’m confident that our team will win this matchup, and I’m equally as confident that I will remain alive for the semi-finals.”
The source of the dot is unknown, although witnesses claim that it has not left the back of Subašić’s head since the final whistle blew following Croatia’s thrilling penalty shootout victory over Denmark on July 1st.
As the host of the 2018 World Cup, Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered a message of best wishes to Subašić and the rest of the Croatian national team, stating his hope that tomorrow’s match will be a hard-fought battle between two well-respected, talented nations, and assuring the media that the dot on the back of the keeper’s head is “nothing to concern yourselves over.”