Finnish attacker Eero Markkanen was released by Real Madrid earlier this week for reportedly gaining 18 kilos during the summer.
The Finn, nicknamed ‘The Tank’ for his enormous physique (197cm for 97 kilos in top shape), had been playing with Madrid’s reserve side Real Madrid Castilla for the past season, but has now been axed by manager Zinedine Zidane for apparently returning grossly overweight.
The player himself has laughed off the suggestion that he gained so much weight, by publishing a mock fat face of himself on Twitter.
He’s also published pictures on Instagram recently showing that he is far from overweight, hanging out in Madrid and looking in pretty good condition.
Having been released by Madrid, it’s now being reported that he could be returned to Swedish club AIK, who he was with before moving to Madrid.
Markkanen made 10 appearances for Zizou’s Madrid Castilla last season, scoring 2 goals.
— Eero Markkanen (@eeromarkkanen) August 21, 2015