VIRAL FEVER

Belgium’s mane man

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In the 2014 World Cup, Dries Mertens scored the winning goal in Belgium’s 2-1 victory over Algeria, costing his dad his moustache. The father had made a wager on whether the midfielder would be able to score on the big stage. After the match, Mertens tweeted the footage of him shaving off his dad’s mouser; the duo appeared rather delighted, understandably.

On June 18, 2018, Mertens scored again for Belgium. He wound up his post-goal merrymaking by touching his head and grinning impishly—sparking off online speculation about whether his father’s mane would be the next casualty.

No video of the brutality has surfaced so far, but there is much talk about the fate that awaits Mertens Sr, should his son figure prominently in Belgium’s onward march. A full-body wax, perhaps? Ouch!