Pepe Reina, dancing penguin. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

The 10 most bizarre reality TV appearances by footballers - From Love Island to Turkish Masterchef

Well, you’ve got to find something to do when you hang up your boots…

Friday, 16th July 2021, 3:02 pm

In this week’s edition of ‘Do we live in a malfunctioning simulation or is existence just a futile fever dream?’ football fans the world over were shocked to find out that Pepe Reina has been playing the part of a lavishly-dressed anthropomorphic penguin on Spain’s version of the Masked Singer.

The premise of the show is simple enough – celebrities dress up in massively outlandish disguises and make fools of themselves by awkwardly butchering chart smashes.

But while there have been some unexpected reveals over the course of the show’s lifespan – who could have predicted that Kermit the Frog would be the celeb inside a giant snail on the Masked Singer US? – absolutely nobody could have guessed that former Liverpool safe hands Reina would turn his attention to playing Happy Feet.

Nonetheless, it got us thinking about other footballers who have popped up on reality TV in recent years.

We’ve gathered 10 of the best, and weirdest, below...

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