Chelsea defender David Luiz has been congratulated for making Brazil’s 23-man World Cup squad by an unlikely admirer: tennis superstar Maria Sharapova.
The Russian multiple Grand Slam champion posted the following message on her official Facebook page congratulating the 27-year-old on Thursday evening: “David Luiz congratulations for making the final squad! Working on how I can get yellow and green into my look #DareToBeBrazilian”
The hashtag gives the game away on this occasion. Rather than any meaningful message, this was almost certainly something arranged by Nike, who have deals with both Sharapova and Luiz.
Sharapova will, of course, be supporting her native Russia at next month’s World Cup finals in Brazil - even if she is holding up the famous yellow shirt of Brazil in the image posted on her Facebook page.
Luiz, meanwhile, will be a key player for the 2014 World Cup hosts - and could, if rumours are to be believed, secure a move to Barcelona after the showpiece international tournament reaches its conclusion.
Barcelona attempted to sign the versatile Chelsea player last summer, but had a £35m bid rejected. The Catalan giants will try again to sign Luiz over the forthcoming months, with influential skipper Carles Puyol poised to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season.