Zenit send drone to Malcom’s apartment to deliver his Player of the Month award

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc throughout the football industry.

Virtually every domestic, continental and international competition has been suspended until further notice, crippling the commercial side of the sport while fans long for its return.

The Russian Premier League is one such division that has been brought to a standstill in recent weeks, with clubs having played 22 of the usual 30 fixtures.

Boasting a nine-point lead over their nearest rivals, Zenit St Petersburg were top of the table before the season was put on hold.

The Champions League regulars were on course to snap up their second consecutive title and seventh overall, largely thanks to their formidable attacking threat.

Zenit had scored a league-high 44 goals this season, and although strikers Artem Dzyuba and Sardar Azmoun were responsible for most of them, one of their supporting cast deserves praise, too.

Malcom – a €40 million signing from Barcelona last summer – had been in good form before his momentum was halted by the pandemic.

The Brazilian scored his first Zenit goal and provided an assist in a 7-1 demotion of Ural midway through March, which was enough to see him crowned the league’s Player of the Month.

However, with nearly 12,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Russia, Malcom and every other player in the top-flight has been forced into lockdown.

But even with social distancing measures keeping the 23-year-old cooped up in his apartment, Zenit made sure his recent performances were appropriately acknowledged.

Unable to present the award in person, the club’s staff improvised by using a drone to deliver the accolade to Malcom’s high-rise flat.

They didn’t just leave it at the front door though – they flew it through his window and onto the floor after instructing the winger to look outside.

Malcom filmed the unconventional gesture in its entirety – check it out below.

It’s an uplifting moment in what are dark times for football.

Malcom ended the video by thanking Zenit fans for voting for him and urging them to continue staying at home as per Russia’s social distancing rules.

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