A FORMER Premier League ace looked unrecognizable as he starred in a bizarre photo shoot.
And one fan even joked that it looked like his mom forgot to pick it up from school.
The 28-year-old attacker is still playing top-flight football in Italy’s Serie A.
But he took a break from his boots and shin guards to accessorize in some eye-catching fashion pieces.
This included an overside blazer, chunky tie and crazy, foolishly colorful pants, a cut-open long-sleeved polo sweater and a tightly wrapped coat – as well as a pair of Dolce & Gabbana pants to reveal his tattered six-pack.
The interesting snaps have certainly caught the eye on social media.
One fan wrote: “Love this photoshoot that looks like his mom didn’t come to pick him up from school.”
Another said: “That’s all I was able to get from lost property after having an ‘accident’.”
A third added: “Or that he’s auditioning for a contemporary dance school.”
A fourth quipped: “They don’t fit your brother anymore. You look great! You’ll grow into her in no time.”
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And one end user commented: “Actually, I thought these were FIFA 23 images. They can’t be real.”
The images appear to have been taken at Stadio Friuli, the home stadium of Udinese, the current home stadium of the player model.
He initially joined Udinese on loan in 2020 but made the move permanent the following year.
The Spain international with four caps came through at Barcelona but shone in England with Everton and Watford.
The mystery footballer is, of course, Gerard Deulofeu.
Since returning to Italy with Udinese, he has impressed, scoring 18 goals in 67 games.
But now that he’s seemingly enjoying the best period of his career and returning to the Premier League with Aston Villa, it seems Deulofeu now has a broader perspective on football and life.
He said: “Football? Many would tell you everything, for me it is not.
“It used to be everything, now it’s an important part of my life, over the years I’ve managed to differentiate myself.”