This Brazilian soccer player popping a balloon is the perfect metaphor for life

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The World Cup moment is now a meme.

When a large red balloon floated out onto the field during one of the opening games of the World Cup yesterday, goalie Alisson Becker of Brazil wasn’t going to let it delay the action. Becker, better known to fans simply as Alisson, nonchalantly popped the balloon, picked up the pieces, and got back to business. It seems like the logical thing to do, but somehow it has captured the Internet’s imagination and has become a meme literally overnight.

Maybe it’s the bright colors, maybe it’s the authority with which Alisson ends the balloon’s short life, or maybe it’s the fact that it’s so easy to see the situation as a metaphor. Whatever the case, people quickly embraced the image, and it’s rapidly spreading across Twitter.

And someone really cranked it up a notch by creating this .gif that reverses the whole situation.

For what it’s worth, the game ended in a tie, with Switzerland and Brazil each scoring one goal. Not the outcome either team was hoping for, but they still fared better than the balloon.

David Britton

David Britton

David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of