Vitaly Zdorovetskiy has been identified as the World Cup streaker who was caught on video by LeBron James.
Zdorovetskiy ran onto the field in short shorts and with his chest exposed during the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday.
The words “Natural Born Prankster” were written on his chest.
Zdorovetskiy actually posted on Facebook intentions to do something during the game the day prior. “Make sure you tune in,” he told his followers, adding a winking emoticon. A number of his friends and other followers guessed that he would be streaking. “$10 he’s gonna run on the field xD,” said one.
Probably because he has done this sort of thing at other events.
Zdorovetskiy is actually the man who jumped a barrier in Los Angeles last month and ran to Brad Pitt, touching him before getting tackled by security. He’s also harassed other celebrities, including America Ferrera.
Zdorovetskiy was burn in Murmansk, Russia and raised in Odessa, Ukraine, according to his facebook page.
“I used to be a class clown since first grade so my classmates told me I should start filming my actions..so after I moved to USA my grandmother bought me a video camera and I started acting since,” he says.
“In 2011 I started my own youtube channel..that follow Insane/Crazy Pranks..as of now I would like to get my name out there and pursue my acting career.”
See an Associated Press story below.
Stars of politics, sport, music at World Cup final
RIO DE JANEIRO—Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, and David Beckham hugged Pele at the World Cup final on Sunday.
Tom Brady looked on from the VIP seats when his wife Gisele Bundchen brought the trophy on the field before the game.
Mick Jagger and LeBron James were also in the Maracana Stadium to see Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time.
Celebrities rubbed shoulders at the stadium, starting with Shakira singing and Carlos Santana playing guitar during the closing ceremony.
At the final whistle, German chancellor Merkel jumped from her seat and raised both arms in triumph. She warmly embraced the German players as they collected their medals.
Merkel turned to her right and was kissed on both cheeks by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff.
Russia’s President Putin and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were next in line with congratulations.
While Putin watched the match settled deep into his chair, to his immediate right International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was perched attentively forward to see his native Germany play.
And when Rousseff was a few minutes late back for the second half, Putin took his chance to take her seat for an extra conversation with Merkel.
Brady was seated about 10 meters (yards) to Putin’s right, though the New England Patriots quarterback was standing and clapping like a regular fan when his wife delivered the trophy pitchside with Carles Puyol, a key player in Spain’s 2010 winning team.
Bundchen joined her husband to watch the match in a section with World Cup-winning players and the closing ceremony musicians with their families.
Shakira and Gerard Pique fitted into both camps with the Spain and Barcelona defender carrying their 18-month-old son Milan.
No surprise that Beckham made perhaps the biggest mark with his children.
The former England star, who was famously sent off against Argentina in a 1998 World Cup loss, arrived with his sons Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo all wearing the South American team’s jerseys.