The radical change from footballer to 'castaway' by Mateja Kezman

His latest images reflect a totally different look for the former striker for Atlético, Chelsea and PSV, among other teams. He is only 41 years old.

He is only 41 years old, but the latest public photos of former footballer Mateja Kezman look almost more like those of Tom Hanks in the film Castaway than those of someone who until eight seasons ago was a professional player. The gray hair, the physical deterioration and the long beard that he has grown have been around among soccer fans. It is almost impossible to recognize a forward who once played for several of the most important clubs on the European scene.

In Spain, for example, he is well remembered of his time at Atlético, in which he could not stand out as much as in other clubs despite the fact that the colchonero club bet very strongly on him. An injury and poor ability to see the goal ended up making his signing a fiasco, one more in that pre-Simeone era in which not even the well-known players worked despite the fact that there was an important dance of coaches who directed them.

Kezman was a high-level striker at PSV, which allowed him to be signed by Chelsea. In the Premier he had the same problems that he would later have in Spain or in France with PSG. Where he did feel more comfortable was in minor championships such as the Turkish one, in which he played and was a star playing with Fenerbahçe. After passing through Hong Kong, at age 33 he decided to hang up his boots. He is married and has three children: Lazaro, Jacob and Alejandro. He has posed with them on occasion to show his changed and alarming physical state.

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