The Premier League is home to some of the world’s most recognisable stars, but one of its most iconic players has been almost unrecognisable in a throwback snap.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been pictured with braces and his trademark hair gone in an incredible throwback snap.
The former England international, who retired from football in 2013, was pictured in a school photo from his days at St Mary’s High School in Middleton, Greater Manchester.
The photo, which was shared on Twitter by the school’s official account, shows Scholes with a much younger face and a much different hairstyle.
The 45-year-old, who made 718 appearances for United, is seen wearing braces and a much shorter hairstyle than the one he sported during his playing days.
The photo has been met with a huge reaction on social media, with many fans of the Premier League star commenting on how different he looks.
One fan wrote: “Paul Scholes looks so different with braces and short hair. He looks like a different person.”
Another said: “Paul Scholes looks so different with braces and short hair. He looks like a different person.”
Scholes is one of the most decorated players in Premier League history, having won 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League titles during his time at United.
He also won 66 caps for England, scoring 14 goals, and was part of the team that reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.
Since retiring from football, Scholes has become a pundit and a coach, and is currently the manager of League Two side Oldham Athletic.
The photo of Scholes with braces and short hair is a reminder of how far he has come since his school days, and is a testament to his incredible career.