Liverpool legend looks unrecognizable while supporting country at Euro 2024

Liverpool signed defender Martin Škrtel from Zenit St. Petersburg in January 2008 to little fanfare. Unless one happened to have extensive knowledge of Russian football at the time, not much was known about the Slovakian, despite being a regular for the Russian giants.

In his first six months at Liverpool, Škrtel made 14 league appearances, By the beginning of the 2010-11 season, he was a first choice pick under then-boss Roy Hodgson and then Kenny Dalglish.

Škrtel won fans over with his never-say-die attitude and his rugged brand of defending. In total, he made 320 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, scoring 18 goals and winning the League Cup in 2012. He departed Anfield in the summer of 2016 after eight-and-a-half years, signing for Turkish side Fenerbahce.

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Škrtel stayed in the Turkish capital for three seasons, but failed to add any honours to his list. He then moved to Italian side Atalanta, but failed to play a single game and demanded a transfer after believing that he couldn't adapt to Gian Piero Gasperini's tactics.

Škrtel moved back to Turkey and signed for İstanbul Başakşehir, where he stayed for 18 months, winning the Turkish league in the process. He saw out his career back in his homeland, signing for FC Spartak Trnava, where he played just 21 games before calling time on his career aged 37.

Now retired, Škrtel looks almost unrecognisable from the bald defender that won admirers while playing in the Premier League all those years ago. The Slovak was spotted at Euro 2024 in Germany, outside the Deutsche Bank Park stadium in Frankfurt ahead of Slovakia's game against Romania.

The 1-1 draw between the two nations guaranteed both to advance to the round of 16, and Škrtel is now sporting a full head of hair, looking very different to the player who scared the opposition due to his bald head and menacing eyes.

Slovakia now face England in the round of 16 on Sunday evening in Gelsenkirchen, where the winner of that match will face the winner of Switzerland vs Italy in the quarter final. says: Škrtel looks a different person with a full head of hair, almost unrecognizable to the man most Liverpool fans remember with fondness in the 2000s and 2010s. Yet it's good to see him supporting his country at Euro 2024.