FORMER Pompey star Andres d’Alessandro has had his own face tattooed onto his torso.
The Argentinean playmaker became an instant Fratton favourite, playing a key part in the Blues’ Premier League Great Escape in 2006.
And it seems Pompey fans’ high opinion of the 32-year-old is matched by the midfielder himself.
Now playing for Brazilian side Internacional, D’Alessandro – nicknamed El Cabezon, which translates as ‘Big Head’ – has taken the unusual step of inking his own portrait on his stomach.
The South American talent first made headlines back in 2001, when winning the Youth World Championship with Argentina.
Spells at River Plate and Wolfsburg followed, before a short but successful loan switch to Harry Redknapp’s relegation strugglers in January 2006 which brought 13 games and one goal – a memorable strike in a 2-1 defeat at Charlton.
D’Alessandro then moved to Spanish side Zaragoza, before retuning to his native South America with San Lorenzo and now Internacional.
The Argentina international is one of many ex-Pompey players to go under the needle in recent times with Kevin Prince-Boateng, Marlon Pack and Sonny Bradley to name but a few all heavily tattooed.
Fan John Westwood is also known worldwide for his many Blues-based inkings.
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