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World Leaders Interacting Awkwardly with Soccer Balls
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World Leaders Interacting Awkwardly with Soccer Balls Unstatesmanlike conduct!

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Give a man ano, let’s make it a soccer ball. And let’s make the man not an anonymous citizen but someone more prominent. A president or a prime minister or a future secretary of state. Who is wearing a suit, or at a minimum a pair of dad jeans and a sport coat. Who is alsobecause he is a world leader, rememberobviously surrounded by cameras. Now, give him (or her) that soccer ball. The world leader has a few options for what to do next, all of them with tremendous potential for embarrassment. They are as follow: 

 

You Can Put the Ball on Your Head

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Fidel Castro, who enjoys being able to jail any Cubans who mock him
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Marco Maia, Federal Deputy for the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, with Neymar, who is the superior juggler

You Can Practice Your Shin-Punting Technique

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Gerald Ford and Pelé
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Vladimir Putin with CSKA Moscow, in trousers borrowed from Pelé
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François Hollande at what appears to be a French Third Division stadium, shortly before firing his campaign manager

You Can At Least Have the Good Sense to Lose the Suit

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Barack Obama, demonstrating proper instep technique, and the proper wearing of dad-khakis
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John “He Looks French” Kerry, true to form

Or At Least the Suit Jacket

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Tony Blair

Or...Not

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Bill Clinton, who is paid $11,100 per corner kick
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Nicolas Sarkozy at the step-over station with Arsene Wenger and Gordon Brown

You Can Include Cute Children as Props to Distract from Your Poor Form/Education Cuts

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Margaret Thatcher, shortly before shuttering these children’s orphanage and selling the field to an international mining conglomerate
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New U.S. president (Ronald Reagan), same Pelé (Pelé), same roomy Pelé trousers

You Can Pretend You’re Playing an Entirely Different Sport

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David Cameron, who thought Gary Lineker played volleyball

Or Use Your No-Longer Secret Powers of Levitation

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Angela Merkel is a WIZARD

You Can Show the World How to Play Soccer the American Way

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George Bush, slide-tackling himself

When All Else Fails: You Can Ask to Play Goalie

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George W. Bush brought the wrong boots
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