The iconic Match of the Day presenter was spotted in Barbados
Nine years after he departed from the BBC, observers spotted Liverpool and Match of the Day legend, Alan Hansen, enjoying his vacation at a lavish Caribbean hotel. Interestingly, Hansen now appears vastly different from his last appearance on Match of the Day, nearly a decade ago.
In the 1995/96 season, Hansen, who is most remembered for his statement, ‘You can’t win anything with kids,’ commented on a budding Manchester United team that went on to win a double that season. He actively served as the primary pundit on Match of the Day for an impressive 22 years.
Now 68, the Scot was well-known for passionately pointing out “diabolical” or “shocking” defending. He decided to hang up his boots from the show in 2014 after the World Cup held in Brazil. In the meantime, public sightings of him have been few and far between.
However, recent photographs show the former centre-back relaxing on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Moreover, when captured at the posh Sandy Lane Hotel, the renowned defender appeared distinctly different from his familiar BBC image, last seen during Germany’s victory over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup finals.
Reflecting on his last episode, Hansen remarked, “It’s a great way to go. The World Cup here [in Brazil] has been absolutely sublime. The matches have been great and it’s all about the product on the pitch. It’s been exciting. I’d just like to thank everybody who’s worked on the programmes and watched the programmes. I’ve had a great time here; I’ve worked with some great people.