Special delivery! Zenit St Petersburg use a DRONE to send Malcom his player of the month award as the winger stays in his flat while football is suspended in Russia
- Zenit forward Malcom received his player of the month award via drone delivery
- The Brazilian star is currently isolating in his flat during the coronavirus crisis
- But his club ensured he still received his prize using tech to reach his window
Football might be on the backburner in Russia right now, but that hasn’t stopped Zenit St Petersburg from commending their players as they delivered a player of the month award to winger Malcom by using a drone.
The coronavirus has put a stop to domestic action in the country, with nearly 12,000 confirmed cases, meaning stars in the top division are forced to keep fit at home until action resumes.
Brazilian Malcom had been in good form before the pandemic brought football to a standstill, putting in two impressive displays – scoring a goal and providing one assist – and has been crowned as the league’s best player in March.
The drone approaches Malcom’s flat widow in Russia holding his player of the month award
A first-person view of the drone shows it head-on with the winger as it prepares to fly inside
The 23-year-old poses with his prize after the drone made a successful delivery to his flat
But with the 23-year-old cooped up in his high-rise flat and adhering to social distancing guidlines, Zenit decided to use a pretty unconventional method to bring him his gong.
In a video posted on Twitter, the former Barcelona star filmed himself walking towards the window, informing viewers that he had been instructed to look outside.
When Malcom opens his window and points the camera to outside, the drone is seen hoovering up straight in front of him.
Malcom has struggled for minutes since signing for Zenit thanks to a niggling hip injury
He gasps and stands back as it floats inside his flat – sending his cat running – before safely landing on the floor.
As he goes to pick it up, he says, ‘It’s powerful!’ before thanking Zenit fans for voting for him, and urging them to continue staying at home.
The last game Malcom was involved in was a 7-1 thumping against Ural where he was amongst the goals in a match that saw a bizarre banner unfurled by Zenit fans.
The Brazilian joined from Barcelona last summer after just one season with the Catalan outfit
Supporters lifted up a message that read ‘We are all infected with football and will die for Zenit’ as the game went ahead despite rising cases in Russia and leagues around the world being suspended.
Malcom joined the club last summer in a surprise move from Spanish giants Barca, but has played just five times so far with just one goal. A pesky hip problem has kept him on the sidelines for his new team.
He has been highly sought after in his career after emerging as a top talent at Bordeaux, but was snapped up by Barcelona for £35m in 2018, playing 24 games and scoring four goals before his exit last year.
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