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Robo Messi Invades 2014 World Cup, Is Likely Working for SkyNet

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Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterJune 18, 2014

He smiles and gestures. He can even wiggle his nose.

Robo Messi seems harmless enough, which is why he’s probably the leading edge of a SkyNet takeover. 

Developed with state-of-the-art animatronic technology, this larger-than-life-sized robotic Lionel Messi has been making the rounds at the 2014 World Cup, posing with fans and appearing in segments for the Globo network, a Brazilian television giant.

Igor Mello of SportsGrid reports Globo invested heavily in developing Robo Messi as a way to spy on humanity for our robot overlords stick it in the eye of longtime rivals Argentina. 

“[Globo] blew their budget and continued a long-lasting rivalry with Argentina by unveiling a scary-as-hell, robo-Lionel Messi,” Mello writes. “From what we can gather, Globo hired a group of cutting edge animatronics engineers to build this giant punching bag for their pregame and postgame shows.” 

Mello uploaded some Vines of the animatronic Argentinian being built and interacting with fans. 

Robo Messi travels on planes and invades cafeterias. He could be right over your shoulder right now, watching you watching him. 

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that nothing about Robo Messi comes off as creepy or forces you into a dark corner of introspection concerning mankind’s control over its own technology. 

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This is a World Cup gift—an all-but-living recreation of one of the most talented players to ever take the pitch. We should be guardedly excited for Robo Messi. 

Then again, there’s probably a reason we haven’t seen the real Messi pose with his robotic cousin yet. I imagine it has something to do with the Argentinian fearing Robo Messi will lean into his ear and whisper “We’re coming for you.”


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