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Brazilian footballer shows off dramatic weight loss after full game in 30 degree heat

Brazilian forward Hulk recorded his weight before and after playing 90 minutes during Atletico Mineiro’s 2-1 win over Tombense on Sunday – and the results were dramatic.

Hulk, 36, is Atletico Mineiro’s star player and scored the winning goal in the 89th minute at the Estadio Soares de Azevedo in Muriae, Minas Gerais.

The former FC Porto and Brazil star produced a typically emphatic finish into the roof of the net with his powerful left foot.

The match was played at 11am in the morning, presumably in a bid to avoid the hottest part of the day.

However, temperatures still reached 30 degree Celsius during the game.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 10: Hulk of Atletico-MG gestures during a Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2022 quarterfinal second leg match between Palmeiras and Atletico Mineiro at Allianz Parque on August 10, 2022 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Hulk’s dramatic weight loss during Atletico Mineiro match

Hulk weighed himself prior to kick-off and the scales read 97.6 kg.

He hopped on the scales again after full-time and now weighed 91.9 kg.

That means that Hulk lost a staggering 5.7 kg in less than two hours. Madness.

Footage was posted on social media and you can watch it here:

How did Hulk lose so much weight?

Globo Esporte say this was due to the dehydration process as a result of the conditions the game was played in.

There was also a downpour of rain towards the end of the match, which meant the pitch became even harder to run on for the players.

Hulk made headlines for similar reasons in 2022

This is the second time in the past 12 months that Hulk has made headlines for shedding weight during a match.

Back in July, Hulk claimed that he also went from 97 kg to 91 kg following a clash against Flamengo at the Maracana.

“Since I arrived at Atletico Mineiro, that was the game in which I was the most dehydrated. Today I lost six kilos,” the veteran forward said after the game, per Marca.

“It was exhausting. I was tired. I started the match with 97 kilos and finished it with 91.”

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JULY 13: Hulk of Atletico-MG reacts during a Copa Do Brasil 2022 Round of Sixteen second leg match between Flamengo and Atletico Mineiro at Maracana Stadium on July 13, 2022 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Hulk missed the team’s flight home after requiring four hours to urinate for an anti-doping test, despite drinking 30 litres of water.

“I fell into the anti-doping test. I was there for four hours, I drank 30 litres of water,” he added. “But it was hard for me to urinate. In the end, it worked and now I just want to get home.”

Read more: Hulk missed team’s flight home after taking four hours to urinate

Even if footballers live a privileged life most of the team, stories like Hulk’s prove it’s not always a walk in the park.

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