Premier League legend looks completely unrecognisable while in Qatar for World Cup – 26 years after iconic goal

AN ex-Belgium star looks completely unrecognisable 26 years after scoring an iconic Premier League goal.

The former defender is in Qatar for the World Cup.

Twitter / @AndyKerrtvThe former defender (right) looks unrecognisable 26 years on from setting the Prem alight[/caption]

And though he would not have enjoyed Belgium crashing out in the group stage, he may like the attention he is getting from a certain group of fans.

The ex-centre-back made 109 Premier League appearances in total, scoring 10 goals.

But one strike stands out amongst the rest – an audacious chip for Newcastle against Manchester United in a famous win.

The player in question is of course Phillipe Albert, though he looks unrecognisable with his grey hair and glasses.

But in October 1996 he sealed a historic 5-0 win over the Red Devils at St. James’ Park.

Goals from Darren Peacock, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer had put the Magpies in cruise control.

Then Albert produced a stunning chip from 25 yards to send the crowd into dreamland.

The result kept Toon top of the Premier League table at the time with 24 points from ten games.

Getty Images – GettyPhilippe Albert scored one of the most famous goals in Prem history against Manchester United[/caption]


But Newcastle would eventually lose out to United in the title race, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side winning the league by seven points.

Albert now works as a pundit on Belgian TV and is covering the final stages of the World Cup.