Soccer’s reality stars unmasked - is Michael Owen about to be the latest?

If the internet is to be believed, the former Liverpool and England star is Doughnuts on The Masked Singer. He wouldn't be the first unlikely player-turned reality star as Planet Sport finds out.

The Masked Singer has once again gripped the UK public, sending the internet into meltdown with people trying to decipher the clues and work out who's who.

One person the public think they have identified is Michael Owen as Doughnuts.

The Liverpudlian accent, him referring to his 'third love', thought to be horse racing and saying he was 'stoking a fire' (although you can probably be forgiven for forgetting he played for Stoke City), have viewers convinced the former Liverpool and England striker is behind the mask.

Former England players have featured in both series of the UK version of The Masked Singer and it appears Owen could be continuing the trend. Teddy Sheringham was fourth out in the first series and Glenn Hoddle made it to the same stage.

It's not just The Masked Singer that attracts former players, however, as Planet Sport finds out.

Pepe Reina

Pepe Reina Sep21

We'll stick with The Masked Singer, but in this case, the Spanish version. Former Liverpool goalkeeper Reina was disguised as Penguin, but the majority of panelists mistook him for Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta prior to his reveal.

Peter Crouch backed Reina's decision to appear on the show after claiming Reina was his go-to man for karaoke during their time together on Merseyside.

Paul Gascoigne

Last summer, Gazza appeared on Italy's version of I'm a Celebrity which was filmed off the coast of Honduras.

The former Tottenham and England midfielder looked back fondly on the experience as it stopped him from smoking and drinking coffee.

Unfortunately, he was forced to leave the show early after dislocating his shoulder while taking part in a challenge to win spaghetti and meatballs. Surgery was required but it hasn't put Gazza off appearing in the British version of the show down the line.

David Seaman

Seaman's decision to take part in the 2006 series of Dancing on Ice paid off massively, as he met his wife through the show, as well as managing a hugely creditable fourth-placed finish.

Although not paired up in 2006, David and Frankie were put together for the live tour of Dancing on Ice two years later where the relationship blossomed.

Fellow players Kevin Kilbane, Lee Sharpe and Graeme Le Saux have also appeared on the show but Seaman fared by far the best - apart from one goalkeeping clanger. The former England international dropped partner Pam O'Connor while attempting the famous headbanger move, requiring her to have stitches in her chin.

Raul Meireles

If you have not seen the clip of the ex-Portugal international on his country's version of Lip Sync Battle, you really have missed out.

Dressed in bandages and a bandana (that traditional look), Meireles dances while miming to the song called O Corpo E Que Paga.

Meireles produced a performance which divided Twitter, with some calling it cringeworthy and others hypnotic. We'll let you judge for yourselves…

Erik Pieters and Phil Bardsley

The two current Burnley players can take joint responsibility for this one as they featured on The Real Housewives of Cheshire a few years ago.

Dutchman Pieters and his wife Nermina Pieters-Mekic featured in some explosive scenes as the duo were embroiled in an argument with co-star Ester Dee at Phil Bardsley's party, which ended with Dee getting a drink thrown over her.

More action than Pieters has seen since moving to Burnley in all fairness.

Jermaine Jenas

JJ featured on The Great British Sport Relief Bake Off alongside Louise Redknapp and Geri Horner in 2016.

In episode three, Jenas attempted to make Wembley from meringue and biscuits and it's fair to say it didn't turn out as he expected.

Still, at least he didn't get injured.

David James

James also featured on Bake Off but he is best remembered for his time on Strictly Come Dancing after only scoring 10 out of 40 in week two, the lowest of any contestant that year.

Nevertheless, James somehow managed to hang on until week five before being booted off the BBC show.

Peter Schmeichel, Alex Scott, Robbie Savage, Peter Shilton and John Barnes have also tried their hand on the Strictly dancefloor with Scott faring the best by achieving a fifth-placed finish in 2019.

Djibril Cisse

Djibril Cisse catwalk Feb20

Sticking with the Strictly theme, Cisse was a big personality in the soccer world so to see him on the French version of the programme was no surprise.

What was a shock, however, was him being the first to be eliminated, meaning we didn't get to see him dye his hair orange for Halloween. A disappointment to say the least.

Bruce Grobbelaar

Marco Pierre White was impressed by Grobbelaar early on in Hell's Kitchen but the ex-Liverpool goalkeeper quit on the tenth day of the show because he was missing his wife.

Fellow contestant Ade Edmondson was stunned by Grobbelaar's decision and even tried a soccer analogy. Sadly, he missed the target. Maybe he should bring it back out for Owen this weekend.

"We've all had the wind knocked out of our sails, it's like having a football team at primary school and your star striker buggers off! How are we going to carry on, it's weird!"

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