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The World Cup selfie

The World Cup selfie
They are now so commonplace at this World Cup, that I wasn't surprised when a Serbian journalist asked Robin van Persie during a press conference if he could take a selfie with the Dutch forward.

The answer was as playful as the question. The journalist wasn't simply ignored (as was often the case at the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine two years ago). Because to the delight of everyone, the Dutch captain and Manchester United forward said he would be glad to oblige.

So he did, and before Van Persie knew it, the picture was not only on the Serbian journalist's phone, but undoubtedly also on those of all his friends. In fact, the Serbian couldn't resist sending his selfie – what used to be known as a self-portrait – around the world. No doubt he also posted it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The same question wasn't asked a few days later, but when Dutch players Dirk Kuyt, Memphis Depay and Wesley Sneijder finished press conferences they were attending, other journalists saw their opportunity.

The players had hardly left their chairs on stage when, one by one, they smilingly posed for selfies with all reporters. Just like Van Persie had done. Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli also did the same for a reporter from a daily newspaper.

I tried my luck with Lionel Messi at the end of Argentina's match against Bosnia-Herzegovina. But, to be honest, I didn’t have the slightest chance of success. He was very quick and he, just like he does on the pitch, managed to avoid everything and everybody. Messi was so fast that he not only outpaced one reporter, but at least 100.

Whether it's my poor condition, or the fact that Messi is so agile is another matter. But the fact is that I'm still waiting for my first World Cup selfie with a top player. It was a similar story when Spain played Chile (Xabi Alonso) and Belgium played Russia (Igor Denisov). I tried to snap myself with both players, but things didn't work out and I failed again.

Luckily, though, I won't be leaving this World Cup empty-handed. While the foreign media had their pictures taken with smiling footballers, I went went outside and settled for second best.

I got my camera and made my own World Cup selfie. Not with one of the players, but with the mighty Maracanã stadium.