The Spanish World Cup squad took part in a portrait session this week and many players jumped at the opportunity to mess around in front of the camera.
Sergio Ramos placed a finger over his lips and struck a provocative pose after finding himself as the subject of criticism following his role in Real Madrid‘s Champions League final win over Liverpool.
The defender was accused of deliberately injuring Mohamed Salah and then giving goalkeeper Loris Karius a concussion in Kiev. But, having already rubbished both claims, he looked thoroughly unfazed as he posed confidently for snaps at FC Krasnodar’s training base, shortly after the Spain squad touched down in Russia.
Sergio Ramos raises a finger to his lips and stares at the camera during a Spain photoshoot
Real Madrid ace Ramos wears the No 15 shirt and he poses with his left hand covering his chin
Ramos, 32, looks unfazed by recent criticism as he stands arms-folded in Krasnodar, Russia
Atletico Madrid ace Diego Costa wasn’t shy in front of the camera either.
The former Chelsea striker stretched both arms out wide and gurned alongside Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez.
Nacho put on a quizzical expression for his solo shot, while Real team-mate Marco Asensio lifted the shoulders of his shirt to show off the name on the back.
Striker Diego Costa (centre) stretches both arms out wide as he and Nacho Fernandez gurn
Real defender Nacho goes for a quizzical expression as he poses for a solo shot without Costa
Marco Asensio lifts the shoulders of his shirt to show off the name and No 20 on the back
Dani Carvajal was one of the few places who appeared shy during the shoot. The right back grinned but did not seem fully at ease.
Thiago Alcantara was brimming with confidence, though, as the Bayern Munich midfielder threw a smug shrug in the direction of the camera.
Playmaker Andres Iniesta kept it simple by pointing to the Spain crest.
Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta tugged the material below the emblem.
Dani Carvajal seems shy as he raises his hand in an apparent attempt to block the camera
Carvajal continues to smile awkwardly as he grabs his shirt just below the Spain emblem
Thiago Alcantara, brimming with confidence, shrugs as he smiles cheekily at the camera
Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta, wearing No 6, points to the Spain crest below the golden star
Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta looks excited for his second appearance at a World Cup finals
Goalkeeper David de Gea put on a smouldering stare as he looked straight down the lens while pointing off screen.
The Manchester United ace was photobombed by a team-mate who pointed back at him from the right of the shot.
Fellow keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga held his right hand in his left, while former Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina looked more like a fan than a player as he raised two fists.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea stares into the camera while pointing to his left
One of De Gea’s Spain team-mates photobombs him by pointing back from the side of the shot
Twenty-three-year-old Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga holds his right hand in his left
Former Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina, now on the books at Napoli, looks like an excited fan
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.