Apparently the guys are in Brazil this month for the World Cup, where they decided to take a late-night skinny dip in their private pool after a match. That’s when a few trigger-happy Croatian photographers, hiding in the nearby bushes, hit the photo jackpot.
The photos, originally published by a Croatian website, show the admittedly beautiful players (including Dejan Lovren, Vedran Corluka, Luka Modric, Dario Srna, and Mateo Kovacic) in the buff, lounging around the pool and even sharing an incredibly homoerotic group hug. They did it “to the delight of their fans,” the website proclaims.
Except they didn’t really do it to the delight of anyone — this was clearly a rank invasion of privacy. (But that doesn’t mean we can’t ogle, right?)
Croatia national Coach Niko Kovac tells The Guardian that none of the players will be making an official statement:
I can’t force them to be at your disposal after what you have done to them and their families.
How would you feel if someone took naked pictures of you? They are adamant that they won’t speak to you lot any more and I don’t know whether the silence will end tomorrow or last until the end of our World Cup campaign.
I respect my players’ opinion and I also know that you have done a very professional job so far but you blew it with this one. The whole world has seen the photos.
Don’t worry. We won’t tell anyone you looked.