World Cup Streaker Was a Big YouTube StarBy: Josh Wolford - July 14, 2014
Did you watch the World Cup final on Sunday afternoon? Do you remember when the cameras cut to an extended (and actually rather beautiful) shot of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue framing a gorgeous sunset?
Well, during those few seconds, you were missing out on a streaker who had painted “Natural Born Prankster” on his chest and ran out onto the pitch, attempting to plant a big ol’ kiss on German defender Benedikt Howedes. Networks shy away from broadcasting streakers, as most feel that showing the act somehow glorifies it. The streaker was less than successful and was easily tackled by security within a few seconds of making his run. You may not have seen it live, but thankfully we have LeBron James to thank for capturing an Instagram video of it:
As it turns out, our streaker is kind of internet famous. It’s actually Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, a YouTube prankster who has amassed nearly 6.5 million followers on his channel VitalyzdTV.
It looks like this was planned for quite some time.
We even got a jail selfie.
Maybe that’s all Messi needed – a kiss for good luck.
Image via Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, Twitter