At the award ceremony after France's win, it became obvious that no one had predicted the rain, owing to the sheer lack of umbrellas that were present, leaving the world leaders to get soaked - except Putin.
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While most of the presidents, including Croatia's president stood in the line to shake hands, got drenched by the sudden downpour, Putin was covered, quite literally, by an umbrella.
While the rain was temporary, in the brief span from when it started, Putin had an attendant rush over to cover him with an umbrella, while the rest of the presidents got drenched in the rain.
Image credits: Reuters
Twitter speculated how miraculously the one umbrella that was present for a rare case of rain made its way to Putin, and not anybody else, even after the rain started pouring down.
It's now absolutely bucketing down at the Luzhniki. Lackeys have appeared with umbrellas for the heads of state and FIFA dignitaries. Putin was the first to get his umbrella as Infantino, Macron and the Croatian president got soaked.
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) July 15, 2018
Even though Putin was right next to the other presidents, (who were getting soaked) he didn't offer them the small circle of shelter under his umbrella.
Bucketing down now. They've only brought one umbrella, and it's for Putin. He is NOT sharing it. — Rory Smith (@RorySmith) July 15, 2018
Twitter, however is terribly impressed by Putin, or Putin's staff to accurately predict the weather.
What a trouper the Croatian President is.
Had to wait the longest time for an umbrella though. Not cool, FIFA/Russia/whoever it was.
— Melanie McLaughlin (@Mel_Mclaughlin) July 15, 2018
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. pic.twitter.com/KYzhucLPJM — southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) July 15, 2018
Putin having his own Umbrella Guy while everyone else gets soaking wet in the rain is an absolute power move pic.twitter.com/KAoi8gXhUk
— Clemquon (@TheClemReport) July 15, 2018
Umbrella priorities: Putin > World cup trophy — Anirban Dasgupta (@adg_5) July 15, 2018
But it does raise a question - why was everyone left to soak?
Do they only have one umbrella in Russia?!! 😂🙈
— Siobhan ⚽️👐🏼 (@Sio_Chamberlain) July 15, 2018
And after everyone finally got an umbrella - the real winners of the match were still left without any.
finally umbrellas for everyone except the players. #Worldcup2018Russia #WorldCupFinals #russia #france pic.twitter.com/MtRuzIqpBA — Fion Li (@fion_li) July 15, 2018
But as this Twitter user points out, the umbrella was the priority - the trophy ceremony, much less.
Putin’s umbrella almost overshadowed the trophy ceremony #WorldCup
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 15, 2018