Ex-Man Utd star Karel Poborsky looks unrecognisable after cutting off long hair

Karel Poborsky looks unrecognisable from his playing days at Manchester United.

The Czech midfielder, 49, has opted for a slicker look, with his hair at a much shorter length than during his playing days in the Premier League.

The former star played at Old Trafford between 1996 and 1998, having been bought from Slavia Prague, and subsequently became something of a cult hero.

Poborsky was known for his long, mesmerising long hair, and unique shooting skills.

The eponymously named ‘Poborsky Lob’ involved scooping the ball deep in the underside of the ball and lifting it over the goalkeeper’s head.

But now the Czech has ditched the ‘Lion’s mane’, as it was affectionately known, adopting a more modernised cut.

The winger spoke to FourFourTwo about his stint at United: "Sometimes the better the player, the more normal the person – and what a player he was. A genius. In the end, I was there for just 18 months,” he said.

"It was almost impossible for me to secure a regular place in the starting line-up ahead of David Beckham, at the beginning of his amazing career.

“But I don’t feel any bitterness. The players accepted me and I always tried my best, even though I only came on for the last 20 minutes of games. I didn’t have a problem playing for the reserve team – Jordi Cruyff refused to."

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Thanks to the rising stardom of Beckham, who too was a right-winger, Poborsky only had a brief spell with United, though he did earn a Premier League medal for his contribution in the 1996-97 title-winning season.

However, his time there landed him global recognition. When he left the Premier League in 1998, he moved to Benfica, where he enjoyed playing alongside João Pinto. He eventually moved to Lazio in 2001 and was a key figure in their 2001-02 Serie A win.

A year later he returned to the Czech Republic, signing with Sparta Prague. There he was the highest-paid footballer in the country

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He retired with the club he began his career -at Dynamo České Budějovice – on May 28, 2007.

After his career finished, Poborsky caught Lyme disease from a tick. A Czech newspaper, Express, claimed that the bug stuck himself into the former player’s facial hair, snapping itself on his face.

The former Red Devils man has continued to play in charity games, featuring for the Man United legends in 2017.

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