Ashley Cole is, it is fair to say, not the most popular footballer in England.
However, in recent months, the former Chelsea full-back has begun to show more palatable sides to his character.
First up he took Roy Hodgson’s decision to drop him from the World Cup with good grace and then followed that by making a surprise switch to Roma.
Both deeds saw him receive praise.
However, when a Roma team photo emerged - which can be seen below - with Cole on the periphery rumours began to spread that Cole had failed to settle in the Italian capital.
— Scott Keene (@TheScottKeene) July 30, 2014
After the rumours came the memes - the funniest of which actually came from his team captain Francesco Totti, and can be seen below:
Totti making fun of Ashley Cole? Haahahahaah pic.twitter.com/YPnT90ftdS
— Zaid Giallorosso (@ZaidAmAli) August 1, 2014
This after some had poked fun at some of Cole’s painful moments in his recent past - to be fair to Cole, he took the ribbing and trolling in very good grace.
Someone even photoshopped him into a photo of his ex-wife Cheryl and husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, which Cole retweeted:
— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) July 30, 2014
One fan decided to use Cole’s awkward stance in a more practical situation.
Fair play to Cole, he could have buried his head in the sand.
What do you make of the situation? Has Cole been misrepresented before? Has he been a good bloke all along? Let us know in the comments section below!
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