Out of favour Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale tickled the fancy of some fans and annoyed others after letting his long hair down while on international duty.
The former Spurs’ star shocked fans as he showed off his mane of hair during Wednesday’s training session with Wales.
Bale is away on international duty and has trained with the squad this week ahead of their Nations League matches with Finland and Bulgaria.
During Wednesday’s session, Bale was snapped taking his hair down from his trademark man bun revealing the full extent of his flowing locks – which is a rare occurrence in front of the cameras.
The 31 year old has become an outcast at Madrid, having only made five appearances since the turn of the year and one fan joked his overgrown barnet may be the reason Zinedine Zidane is not playing him.
Hundreds of other fans took to social media to express their surprise at just how long and out of control Bale’s hair has gotten.
A tweet from Paddy Power’s account said: ‘I don’t care what people say; I think Gareth Bale is an inspired choice to play Scar in the new Lion King sequel.’
Others were quick to poke fun at Bale’s appearance by joking he could feature in the Disney favourite.
Bale who has scored 33 goals in 83 appearances for Wales,has established himself as a reliable star performer for Wales but his time in the Spanish capital has turned sour over the last few years.
He spent much of last season either out of the squad or sitting on the bench and the club are desperate to get him off their wage bill after a deal to move to the Chinese Super League in January never came to fruition.
With €17million (£15.1m) salary over his remaining two years, Madrid would have to negotiate a possible €34m (£30.2m) pay-off which they appear not in a position to do