In a surprise move, former Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has been training with the French national rugby team.
Barthez has gained a reputation as a multi-sport expert since retiring from football.
He played for the Red Devils from 2000 to 2004 – although his final season was spent on loan with French club Olympique de Marseille. He had a reputation for being somewhat selfish.
The Frenchman had a habit of engaging in outside play more than was normally considered at the time, showing his versatility but also creating plenty of mouth-watering moments for fans to watch.
The most amazing thing is what he has been working on since his retirement in 2007.
Barthez has successfully tried his hand at motorsport, competing in a series of races including the French GT Championship, the Bioracing Series, and the Caterham Sigma Cup France, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Incredibly, the goalkeeper turned racer became a multi-sport champion when he won the French GT Championship with Morgan Moullin-Traffort in 2013.
And now, in the latest twist on his sporting adventures, as The Sun newspaper reportshas joined the French national rugby team which is preparing for the next Rugby World Cup.
The former United star has been seen going through kicking practice as the French coach kicks Vlok Cilliers. As a goalkeeper, Barthez was no stranger to the art of the long ball.
And according to Cilliers, Barthez did not disappoint.
Posting on social media, Cilliers said:
“Fabien Barthez – France’s world-class goalkeeper and Manchester United he was in the camp.
“I help him with a few tips and check the results!!!”
Will Barthez play for a second French national team to add to his 87 caps?
At 52, there is no serious suggestion that he can play top level rugby, but fans of Man United and France will be delighted to see Barthez staying healthy.