Premier League cult hero unrecognisable with salt and pepper stubble as fans say he’s ‘just as handsome as ever’

A FORMER Premier League favourite is looking “just as handsome as ever” as he posted a snap of himself enjoying a glass of wine.

Footy fans have been fortunate enough to see some of the finest left wingers in the business in England’s top-flight over the past two decades.

INSTAGRAMThis former Premier League winger is ‘looking just as handsome as ever’ at 48[/caption]

The likes of Ryan Giggs and Robert Pires earned legendary status with their antics and wing wizardry.

However, not many possessed as much power in their left peg as this ex-Newcastle favourite.

One shot was measured at an extraordinary 75 mph – while even his own team-mates were forced to take cover after he inadvertently knocked out Olivier Bernard after blasting the ball at him while playing for the Magpies. 

This icon was born in France and made his breakthrough with Montpellier before Paris Saint-Germain snapped him up in 1999.

But his displays meant it was not long before a big-money move to the Premier League arrived, and it was Sir Bobby Robson who snapped him up for £9.5 million two years later.

This star, who was also capped by Les Bleus nine times, spent five years on Tyneside and became a firm favourite with the Toon Army.

He hit 32 goals in 181 games for the club before, after a short loan spell at Portsmouth, he headed to Portugal to join Benfica in 2006.

However, the wonder goals were beginning to dry up and it was not long before he was off to Spain in Levante.

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In 2008 he was offered the opportunity to resurrect his career back in England with Derby County, but a disappointing spell followed that amounted to just four games.

A new adventure soon arrived for the flying Frenchman as he signed for MLS side Toronto FC.

He scored once in 17 appearances for the Canadian club but then headed back to Europe to finish his playing days with a brief spell at Greek minnows Larissa.

The man in question is none other than Laurent Robert – who still looks incredible now despite turning 48 on May 21.

And, although he now sports a salt and pepper beard, after he shared a recent snap of himself enjoying a glass of white by the pool, it was clear for all to see that the love was still there for him as supporters told him how he had aged like a fine wine.

Fans quickly jumped into the comments section of the post, with one insisting: “Still as handsome as ever !!!!”

Another wrote: “Looking good Mr Robert.”

A fellow follower commented: “Looking magnifique.”

While a fellow fan simply called him: “The king.”

PA:Press AssociationLaurent Robert was a huge fan favourite at Newcastle[/caption]

PA:Press AssociationThe French winger, celebrating a goal against Man Utd in 2001, spent five years on Tyneside[/caption]