Shakira Decries Penalty Kicks

Shakira Decries Penalty Kicks

Colombian pop star Shakira will be performing at her third World Cup when she takes part in Sunday’s 18-minute closing ceremony at Rio de Janeiro’s famed Maracana Stadium.

When she was asked for a prediction on today’s Germany-Argentina final, she refused to pick a winner, saying only that she was rooting against penalty kicks.

“I only pray to God that we don’t go to penalty kicks,” she said. “They’re too cruel. Where’s the octopus when we need him? We need an octopus.”

“Soccer has changed my life in so many ways. And affected my life on so many different levels,” she said Saturday. “In 2010 I met the love of my life. And if it wasn’t for the World Cup my son Milan wouldn’t be here today.”

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