Ronald Araujo might have found the perfect solution to De Bruyne’s extra injury time worries.
Manchester City maestro, Kevin De Bruyne, had recently gone public expressing his concerns about the FIFA World Cup style format the Premier League had announced, it will be adapting concerning time wasting.
His concerns were about games rolling into half an hour of playing time minutes past the scheduled ninety, wink, wink, Newcastle.
Catalan right-back Araujo’s recent act of perceived madness might be concerned a genius by King Kev.
Barcelona began their new season against Getafe as defending champions after securing La Liga by ten points in the season gone by.
The opening day of Xavi’s second season in charge of the Catalan giants was a comedy of errors with Brazilian international, Raphinha, getting himself sent off, late in the first half.
Getafe resorted to techniques of not playing actual football with the score goalless between the two sides.
As Barcelona increased the momentum of penetration in Getafe’s half to break the deadlock, a circumstance arrived involving Araujo about to receive a lofted cross.
Unfortunately, the cross was over hit, and the Uruguayan decided to show his catching skills while the ball was still in flight.
It was simply as the internet puts it, would rival the unmatched skills of a certain basketball legend LeBron James.
Speaking after the match, Araujo explained his decision behind catching the ball so swiftly.
It was done to prevent the match ball boys to help the home side further in their efforts of time wasting.
He had imagined the ball and himself both were out of the playing line at the time. He would catch the ball to immediately restart the Getafe throw-in and therefore the play.
What perhaps attuned to the bizarre theme of the game was the referee’s decision to not even show the Catalan defender a yellow card. Araujo escaped the game without a booking.
While the game ended goalless despite the best efforts of Ronald, he might have provided some ideas in De Bruyne’s head. There is only hope, Kevin De Bruyne too doesn’t start catching the ball in flight and the game.