FIFA boss Gianni Infantino flies into Sydney on a luxurious private jet wearing custom sneakers that made him the butt of jokes during the Qatar World Cup
- Football supremo arrived in harbour city on Wednesday
- Came from meeting Australian prime minister in Canberra
- Choice of footwear was eye-catching last December
FIFA president Gianni Infantino spared no expense on his journey from the Australian capital to Sydney during what he had just called ‘the best Women’s World Cup ever’ – but his choice of footwear stole the spotlight as he disembarked from a private jet on Wednesday afternoon.
The 53-year-old came to the harbour city from Canberra, where he visited parliament house earlier in the day and heaped praise on the host countries’ handling of the tournament while meeting prime minister Anthony Albanese.
He was photographed stepping off his private jet in Sydney before getting into a limousine, dressed in a suit and a pair of customised Adidas sneakers that made headlines at the Men’s World Cup in Qatar last year.
The shoes have ‘FIFA’ printed on the sides – a feature that football fans and greats of the game had a field day with when Infantino teamed them with a suit during trophy presentations last December.
Infantino looked dressed for a round of top-level meetings as he stepped off his private jet in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon – except for his eye-catching footwear
The customised Adidas sneakers with ‘FIFA’ printed on them saw fans and football greats like Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker take the mickey out of the 53-year-old in Qatar last year
‘Did you borrow those trainers from Infantino!!’ wrote Shearer, who had worked alongside Lineker as a pundit in Qatar.
Lineker responded to the joke with two laughing emojis.
The pair had also pointed out the unusual shoes as Infantino conducted the trophy ceremony after Argentina’s win over France.
Lineker quipped, ‘Interesting choice of trainers there from Gianni Infantino’, prompting Shearer to ask, ‘How old is he?’
Football fans couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a go at the sport’s most high-profile administrator when he donned the shoes for the ceremony awarding third place to Croatia.
Infantino got into a waiting limousine after meeting Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese in the nation’s capital
The FIFA boss copped a ribbing from fans after combining the shoes with a suit as he presented trophies at the Men’s World Cup in Qatar (pictured)
Infantino (pictured with Anthony Albanese) said Australia and New Zealand are holding ‘the best Women’s World Cup ever’
One wrote on social media that FIFA should ‘get rid of Infantino purely for wearing white trainers with a suit’.
Another added: ‘Gianni Infantino always looks like a lad in a suit whose “good shoes” are killing him so he wears his runners for watching the footie and getting his steps in”.
A third said the look was ‘like wearing shoes in the swimming pool’.
The FIFA boss’s visit to Canberra saw him lead a ‘Matildas’ chant before bringing back memories of then-IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch branding the Sydney Games ‘the best Olympics ever’.
‘You are a country with a rich history and a country which has put on the best Women’s World Cup ever, and I hope you are proud of that,’ Infantino said as he unveiled the winner’s trophy with Albanese.
‘This will become the number-one sport in Australia as it is all over the world.
‘To see the heart of all of them is beating for soccer, the World Cup and the Matildas, it’s fantastic.’