Julian Draxler Reveals His Bizarre Pre-Game Ritual Which Gives Him 'Happiness'
Some wear a certain boot before the other, others would leap onto the pitch after crossing the touch line, and, memorably, Paul Ince would pull his shirt on in the tunnel. Just a few pre-game rituals.
But we're sure you would've never heard anything like Julian Draxler's ritual.
Following a season in France's top flight with Paris Saint-Germain, the 24-year-old has been selected by Joachim Low for Germany's 2018 World Cup campaign.
He makes the 23-man squad, unlike Manchester City's Leroy Sane.
Draxler will be hoping for a starting role when Germany kick-off their defence against Mexico.
And if he does, his German teammates will continue to see his ritual.
"Sometimes my teammates ask me if I'm not right in the head," he said via Marca.
Before revealing how he 'throws on two or three sprays of perfume' prior to entering the field.
"Every player has a ritual before a match and I usually hold my bag in my locker and I throw on two or three sprays of perfume."
Draxler: "Every player has a ritual before a match and I usually hold my bag in my locker and I throw on two or three sprays of perfume. It gives me a feeling of happiness."
- M•A•J¹³ (@Ultra_Suristic) June 6, 2018
Why does Draxler spray before a game?
Well, it gives him a feeling of happiness.
"It gives me a feeling of happiness," he added.
No spray. No play.
It's not the first time he's got everybody talking.
As previously mentioned, Sane has been omitted from Low's squad.
The Germany manager has opted for the likes of Julian Brandt, Marco Reus as well as the aforementioned Draxler.
And he's explained his decision to leave the 22-year-old winger at home.
"That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favor of Brandt. Draxler, Reus and Müller are set," Low said.
"Leroy is a huge talent. He will be back again from September. He had not arrived in international matches yet. It was a very close decision. If it was a 100 meter race, it would have been a photo finish."