Achilles the cat, who is believed to posses psychic powers, proved his mettle on Thursday when he pegged Russia to beat Saudi Arabia during the World Cup opening match.
The adorable cat, who is deaf, normally spends his days chasing mice at St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, but officials call on his powers during major sporting events.
The cat predicts his victors by choosing between two bowls of treats with flags above them.
On Thursday Achilles was given the choice between Saudi Arabia and Russia and after brief hesitation dug into his home country’s bowl.
Russia went on to score a spectacular 5-0 against Saudi Arabia on Thursday and Achilles rested easy later that night.
Anna Kondratyeva, the Hermitage Museum’s veterinarian later stressed the cat “loves his motherland and couldn’t vote otherwise”.
But who did Achilles predict will win the Russian World Cup final on July 15 this year?
The cute kitty is yet to make a prediction but Russians are already excited about what the future holds.
Russia’s Tass news agency touted the feline last year as an "official oracle of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup".
Achilles scored an impressive three out four predictions during the football tournament.
But the cat is not the only representative of the animal kingdom to have his say in the football championship.
Many other creatures around the world have been popularised in the media for their supposed psychic prowess.
Paul the octopus at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen in Germany made the headlines in 2010 for correctly predicting Spain’s victory over Germany in the World Cup semi-final.
Meanwhile in northern Germany, Nelly the eight-year-old African elephant predicted Germany will defeat Mexico this Sunday, June 17.
Staff at the Serengeti Park zoo in Hodenhagen claim the elephant has 90 percent success rate in predicting the outcome of games.
And a micro pig, with a supposedly 100 percent success rate, predicted Argentina, Belgium, Uruguay and Belgium will make it out of their groups.
Mystic Marcus’ owners claim the pig correctly predicted the outcome of the 2014 World Cup, Wimbledon and even Brexit.
Pig breeder and owner Juliette Stevens from Heage, Derbyshire, said: “Marcus is the seventh child of a seventh child and apparently they’re gifted with special powers so maybe that’s where it comes from.
“A few years ago I was invited on a radio show because of Paul the octopus predicting results and they wanted to see if I had any animals that had the ability.
“I hadn’t tried the seventh child theory out so thought I’d give it a go.
“They used apples and oranges and Marcus predicted the football results, it was amazing.”