To celebrate the fact that we appear to have skipped Spring and gone straight to summer this year (two consecutive days of 20-degree weather definitely constitutes a summer where we’re from), Pies have cobbled together a compendium of photos of footballers attempting to combat the heat by blasting water into their own mushes.
Get stuck in and feel the power of the quench…
Roy Keane scowls through the droplets as he cools himself down during the only sunny say Dublin saw in 1993
Rubbish old Enzo Scifo misses his face entirely during Belgium’s sweltering 1994 World Cup tie against Saudi Arabia in Washington DC
Arsenal striker Ian Wright doubles up to combat the 39-degree heat in Cyprus while preparing for a match against Omonia Nicosia, 1994
Youri Djorkaeff unleashes a might torrent of h2o during the 1998 World Cup final.
David Beckham adopts the direct approach to taking the edge of the August heat, 1998
…while Chelsea winger Damien Duff goes straight to source.
Zinedine Zidane breaks out the old ‘invisible water bottle’ trick, 2005
Gareth Bale with a slap-dash rookie effort during his Southampton days, specifically the 2007 Championship play-off semi-finals
Sol Campbell slathers that sensitive dome as Newcastle train in Dubai, 2007
Rangers target man Dado Prso keeps that famous ponytail of his lush and hydrated, 2009
Roma defender Philippe Mexes goes the whole hog with a textbook mega-drench, 2010
Robbie Keane shows a marksman’s finesse while warming-up/cooling down before LA Galaxy’s match against San Jose Earthquakes, 2011
Lionel Messi damps down his mane as Argentina play Colombia in a World Cup qualifier, 2011
Joe Hart cools down and removes the mud from his face during Man City’s pre-season tour of Hong Kong, 2013
As per usual, Wayne Rooney makes the simplest of tasks look difficult, 2014
Daniel Sturridge struggles with his accuracy while in action for England against Italy at the 2014 World Cup
Claudio Yacob momentarily finds inner peace during West Brom’s pre-season tour of the United States, 2015
While Kyle Walker reaches the depths of human sorrow.
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sahko gets lost in his thoughts while administering liquid mana during an early-season game against Aston Villa, 2015
Gareth Bale proves that his technique hasn’t improved much with an equally sloppy effort in Real Madrid colours, 2016
Seamus Coleman seals the deal with a full-extension, long-range belter before Everton’s match against Man City, 2018
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