'Scream' or shaving machine? Internet reacts to Russia 2018 World Cup logo

'Scream' or shaving machine? Internet reacts to Russia 2018 World Cup logo
The logo for the 2018 World Cup, which was revealed by Russian organizers on Tuesday, went viral in an instant, fueling the imaginations of numerous internet users who tried to discover the true inspiration behind the emblem.

In a rather creative verdict, some were able to compare the logo to a famous work of art, saying the emblem resembled 'The Scream' by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.

Others pointed to the electric shaver design with three shaving heads, which they said resemble the 'magic windows' in the emblem.

Even fictional cartoon characters were added to the critiques, with some saying the emblem bore a striking resemblance to Disney's Nemo or Roger the alien from the 'American Dad' television show.

However, the Russia 2018 logo received a more favorable reaction than its Brazil 2014 counterpart.

Both emblems followed the trend of repeating the shape of the World Cup trophy, but this year's Brazilian logo was slammed online for looking like a person making a “facepalm” motion.

The Russian logo managed to garner a bit of support from the media, with USA Today calling it “surprisingly great” and “beautiful,” after years of boring and unintentionally funny designs.

The emblem was created by Portuguese consultancy Brandia Central, which has provided logos for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine and Euro 2016 in France.

The Russian logo's designers said the emblem is actually a magic ball that pays homage to the Sputnik – the first ever artificial Earth satellite, launched by Soviet Russia in 1957.

First man-made satellite was launched on October 4, 1957 (RIA Novosti)

Thirty-two of the world's top national football squads will gather in Russia from June 8 to July 8, 2018 for the famous football tournament.

The matches of the tournament are to take place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, and Samara.