Football’s biggest transformations as Sturridge and Torres show off new looks
Liverpool legend Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres are not the only football stars to make big body transformations following their retirements.
The Englishman, who scored 67 goals in 160 appearances for the Reds, has been out of action since March 2020 after leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor after breaching betting rules.
And he has been using the time to get bulked up in the gym, showing off a ripped physique on his Instagram channel.
Posing for the camera with some huge arms in the gym, it saw UFC’s European social media account register interest by commenting with a fit bump emoji.
But he is not the only one making big changes to his body as Fernando Torres, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances, has hit the gym.
The Spaniard retired from football in 2019 after two seasons with Japanese side Sagan Tosu.
And he has seriously bulked up, working on the upper body as fans were left shocked at his transformation.
So Daily Star Sport has taken a look at other football stars who have changed their figures…
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner arrived at Manchester United in 2003 as a skinny 18-year-old forward with bags of potential.
But, 18 years and 26 major titles later, the Portuguese superstar’s rigorous diet and training regimes turned him into a muscle-bound beast who was unstoppable for the Red Devils, Real Madrid and now Juventus.
And his physique has not left CR7 even at 38, showing off some ripped abs and lean form alongside his Serie A team-mates.
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Before the Portuguese Ronaldo, there was O Fenomeno.
The Brazilian forward burst onto the scene at PSV in 1994, spending spells at Barcelona and Inter before becoming a Galactico at Madrid.
Ronaldo was blessed with a lethal combination of power, pace and balance as he scored more than 400 goals for club and country.
But the 44-year-old has been enjoying the last 10 years a bit too much, hitting 118kg at one point away from the pitch.
Real Madrid’s most recent heavy investment came in the purchase of the Belgian forward from Chelsea, having won two Premier League titles and a Europa League in west London.
But the £130m transfer for Hazard has not turned out well with 11 separate injury spells limiting him to just 37 appearances.
And this has made an impact on the 30-year-old’s, receiving criticism from Spanish media after an off-season snap emerged.
It even saw fast food joint Burger King get involved with the jibes at the 2018 World Cup bronze medallist’s weight.
The forward has been put through the ringer in his recent career, with a mega- money move from Arsenal to United only bringing five goals in 40 games.
As he battled injuries to try and keep fit, a move to Inter have proven successful with nine goals in 66 games.
Sanchez’s hard work saw manager Antonio Conte say lat month that the Chilean is “fitter than he has ever been”.
And a photo with team-mate Arturo Vidal showed he is back once again to the ripped physique fans saw at Arsenal.
When it comes to one-season wonders, it is hard to look beyond the Egyptian forward.
Mido scored 13 goals in the 2005/06 season for Tottenham, with the 6ft 2in using a muscular build to get the better of his opponents.
But his career went downhill from there, retiring in 2013 and going into management in his home country.
And the 38-year-old ballooned to a serious, looking unrecognisable – but has put the work in to get back into shape, showing off his form last month.
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