He didn’t play a single minute in Russia, but French defender Adil Rami still played a strangely pivotal part in his side’s World Cup triumph.
France lifted the trophy for the second time in their history on Sunday after defeating Croatia 4-2 in the final with Rami again not taking the pitch.
Though not being directly involved in the action, Rami and his elaborate moustache once again played a role with the 32-year-old revealing a strange tournament tradition involving his facial hair continued prior to the final.
“Antoine Griezmann touched it before the game, and even the manager did to bring luck” Griezmann told TF1.
“It is now the most famous moustache in France. I will keep it.”
It’s a ritual reminiscent of France’s 1998 World Cup winning side which saw Laurent Blanc kiss Fabian Barthez’s bald head prior to games for good luck.
Rami’s lucky moustache began working its magic with Antoine Griezmann, who started touching it prior to France’s group games with most of the squad gradually following suit throughout the tournament.
The facial hair certainly seemed to benefit Griezmann in particular with the attacker bagging four goals across the tournament – including a penalty in the final.
While Rami has vowed to keep his moustache for a little longer, the man himself announced his international retirement after France’s triumph.
He bows out of the national arena as a World Cup winner with 35 caps to his name and a moustache that may need to be brought out of retirement in 2022.