The colorful skipper of Russia and Zenit, Artem Dzyuba, compared himself to a superhero while admitting waiting for his chance to make a memorable change of clothes before claiming the Russian Premier League title again.
The killer was never shy about making himself a spectacle and set off in the eye-catching red and black costume of the X-Men character Deadpool as Zenit sauntered to glory with an emphatic 6-1 win over nearest rivals . second placed locomotive Moscow.
The sweeping victory resulted in an unassailable nine-point gap over their humiliated opponents and meant that Dzyuba and his club took the trophy for the third year in a row and quickly slipped into full-body suit to shake hands with dignitaries on a podium the festive Gazprom Arena.
“Deadpool is regeneration,” explained Dzyuba, speaking to Match TV about the funny mercenary in the film with a rapidly healing body full of scars.
Only Artem Dzyuba receives his championship medal as @Deadpool, nothing to see here. pic.twitter.com/oVD4X9nLIK
– Russian Football News (@RusFootballNews) May 2, 2021
Artem Dzyuba as #Deadpool collects his #RPL medal winner medal with his son! 💙🥇 pic.twitter.com/GyciKE9NLw
– FC Zenit in English (@fczenit_en) May 2, 2021
“I am. I’ve had this costume for ages – it’s our third title in a row, I can give myself a chance to wear it.
“I’ve wanted to wear it for a long time, but I didn’t dare to wear it during the second championship and there was no time for it during the first.”
Dzyuba may have temporarily ceded the lead role at Zenit to Sardar Azmoun, and the Iranian striker, who currently has three more than his 16 goals for the campaign, has outdone him again with a hat-trick against Lokomotiv.
The captain was still starring, opening the scoring in the 19th minute to kick off a party that was in full swing by the time Azmoun finished his three-of-a-kind shortly after half-time for less than ten minutes of the game .
Artem Deadpool Dzyuba! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/WNno76j6wY
– FC Zenit Brasil (@fczenit_br) May 2, 2021
Tony Kroos rn: pic.twitter.com/IL0XHeAFUu
– Sir Lee Bar # Kroenke0ut (@brickwarl) May 2, 2021
Five minutes later, Dzyuba scored his second goal, repeating the result that Zenit’s title win last season confirmed when he scored once and Azmoun scored twice in a crucial encounter with Krasnodar.
While many fans found Dzyuba’s decision to carry his son to the trophy presentation appealing, others joked about his choice of clothes.
Some have suggested that Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos who criticized Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for wearing a ‘black panther’ mask at his goal celebrations in the past did not impress would be.
Some tried to alert Ryan Reynolds, the actor behind the costume in the blockbuster film – and from February the owners of the English non-league club Wrexham.
– Martin Pratt (@ issa22mp) May 2, 2021
One of the most underrated strikers in world football. The strength and ability to jump is wonderful.
– Ibidapo Kevin (@KevinIbidapo) May 2, 2021
“It was a valuable thing to win in front of our fans at our stadium,” said Dzyuba. “The atmosphere was amazing.”
Dejan Lovren, who has now won league titles in three countries after his previous successful seasons with Liverpool and Dinamo Zagreb, said he would celebrate with wine and expected fans to follow suit with beer.
“I’m really happy – it’s incredible,” said the Croatian veteran, who won the league in his first season since joining the reigning Premier League champions.
“It brings me a lot of emotions. That’s why I came here to win trophies with this wonderful club. This is one of my happiest days. Maybe I was a little happier when I moved here.”
Lovren recognized the pressures that Zenit was facing due to her tame exploits in Europe. “We have to rehabilitate ourselves for the game in the Champions League,” he accepted. “That is our goal. I think we have everything for it.”
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