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The mastermind behind the most powerful picture of the 2018 World Cup

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The mastermind behind the most powerful picture of the 2018 World Cup

BY DANIEL PRADILLA

It’s 2:00 am in Moscow, and Rodrigo Villalba is in his hotel room doing some work on his day off. He’s Brazilian, and I’m Colombian, so it makes sense that we communicate in Portuñol (a mix of Portuguese and Spanish). So far, we’ve managed to understand each other pretty well. Before discussing the picture in question, I wanted to know a little bit about him. Rodrigo is a 41 year-old a photo-journalist from Campiñas, state of Sao Paulo in Brazil. He and his wife Valeria own an agency called Memory Press. He also works as a freelancer for Futebol Interior, one of the biggest soccer web portals in his native Brazil. We haven’t met in person but he seems like a simple man and really down-to-earth. In his free time, Rodrigo loves to ride his motorcycle with his wife and go on walks with his two German Shepherds, Sauron and Hanna…

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