x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Photos: Watermelons carved to look like Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar

Chef Rogerio Holanda of the San Raphael Hotel in Sao Paulo has gotten into the World Cup spirit by carving the images of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar into watermelons.

Watermelons with portraits of Lionel Messi, left, Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, and Neymar, right, carved into them by chef Rogerio Holanda at the San Raphael Hotel in Sao Paulo. Paulo Whitaker / Reuters
Watermelons with portraits of Lionel Messi, left, Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, and Neymar, right, carved into them by chef Rogerio Holanda at the San Raphael Hotel in Sao Paulo. Paulo Whitaker / Reuters

Brazil’s starting to get weird about this World Cup business.

According to the captions accompanying these photos, taken by Reuters photographer Paulo Whitaker, Chef Rogerio Holanda of the San Raphael Hotel in Sao Paulo has taken it upon himself to get his kitchen into the World Cup spirit. By carving some watermelons – presmuably they just had a few extra lying around – into the likeness of Cristiano Ronado, Lionel Messi and local boy Neymar.

Take a gander at the photos by clicking to scroll through them above. All in all, they look pretty good for a watermelon carving.

Personally, I think I still prefer my elaborate carvings on pumpkins.