JOSE MOURINHO looked Vlad to meet President Putin as the World Cup kicked off in Moscow.
The Manchester United manager may have been sharing leadership tips with the Russian after he saw the host nation thump Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament opener.
Putin, 65, was a special guest at the match with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Fifa chief Gianni Infantino – much to the amusement of viewers.
Alongside a picture of the two country leaders shaking hands, one Twitter user wrote: “‘You hate human rights? Me too! Nice to meet you!'”
Another posted: “Putin: ‘I bet you half of my gas reserves Trump signs a free trade agreement with me first.’
“Crown Prince: ‘You are on.’
“Gianni: *thinking* my heroes.'”
Putin was also mocked after a pair of microphones made it look like he was wearing a fluffy bra.
Politics aside, Putin and Bin Salman looked like regular football fans as they reacted throughout the match.
After Yuri Gazinskiy’s 13th-minute opener, the Russian President and Infantino turned to the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince with apologetic looks on their faces.
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Bin Salman appeared disappointed but gave a smile in response.
But he perhaps had cause to be annoyed as the referee opted NOT to use VAR – despite Gazinskiy appearing to place both hands on a defender’s shoulders to win the header.
A double from Denis Chershev and goals from Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin sealed the win for Russia.