Argentina’s Pablo Zabaleta Posts Bloody Lip Selfie After Beating Netherlands (Video + Pic)
If you happened to tune in late to Argentina-Netherlands yesterday and saw some guy running around the field with a big wad of cotton sticking out of his mouth, you probably wondered what the hell that was all about.
Well, that guy was Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta, and the shoulder of Dirk Kuyt is what happened to him. In the 108th minute, Zabaleta and Kuyt collided in pursuit of the ball and Kuyt’s shoulder slammed into the side of Zabaleta’s cheek. The impact sent the guy to the turf like a sack of potatoes, and he laid on the field for a good five minutes while team medical staff treated his bleeding lip.
Of course, in a normal game Zabaleta might have been subbed off. But Argentina had no more substitutes, this was extra time of the World Cup semifinals, and the score was 0-0. There was no way Zabaleta was going to succumb to the injury. So he played on with a wad of cotton sticking out of his mouth.
And obviously, after Argentina advanced to the World Cup Final on penalty kicks, all the pain was totally worth it. So Zabaleta celebrated by throwing on a blue wig and posting a busted lip selfie.
In case your Spanish is a little rusty, that says “Proud to be ARGENTINE!!!!”