The Russian President Vladimir Putin has released an official statement congratulating Team Spirit on their historic $18.2 million victory at The International 10. The first Russian org to win the illustrious event.

TI10 winners Team Spirit received heavy praise on social media in the last 24 hours. However, a big surprise came earlier today when Russian President Vladimir Putin also made an official post congratulating the Dota 2 team for their victory. You might think a Putin Dota message must be a meme surely but no, it’s very real.

Vladimir Putin’s message to TI10 winners Team Spirit

In an official post from the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin had this to say: (Translated by’s official translator)

“Dear friends!

I congratulate you on your deserved victory at The International-2021, the Dota-2 world championship. For the first time in history, a Russian team from the Team Spirit club has won these prestigious matches. Well done!

On the path to the final you demonstrated clear leadership qualities, and, in the decisive match, which was a genuine test of expertise and character, you were able to concentrate, and, at the most crucial moment, to seize the initiative from strong opponents. You proved in practice that our cyber sportspeople are always focused on the result and capable of scaling any heights.

I wish you fresh success and all the best.

Vladimir Putin”

“You proved in practice that our cyber sportspeople are always focused on the result and capable of scaling any heights. “

Vladimir Putin on Team Spirit’s victory at The International 10

The first time a Russian organisation has won The International

Team Spirit, which consists of 3 Russians and 2 Ukrainian players came out victorious at The International 10 following a 3-2 win over PSG.LGD. The victory secured them $18.2 million and catapulted the roster into the top 20 highest earning esports players of all time.

Team Spirit consists of:

  • Ukranian – Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk
  • Russian – Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek
  • Russian – Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
  • Ukrainian – Miroslaw “Mira” Kolpakov
  • Russian Captain – Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov
  • Russian Coach – Airat “Silent” Gaziev

If you wish you learn more about Team Spirit’s remarkable underdog run, you can visit our TI10 Grand Finals recap.

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