Alan Hansen has been found! Former footballer and M.O.T.D legend seen on holiday after nine years away from spotlight

Gemma Thomas
Gemma Thomas
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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.

A young-looking Alan Hansen on the right who played a key role in Liverpool’s domination in the 1980s.

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.

Alan Hansen Match of the Day
Hansen was a regular and popular pundit on Match of the Day. Pictured with Gary Lineker in 2006.
Alan Hansen on holiday
Alan Hansen looking unrecognisable on a Barbados break after almost a decade out of the limelight

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.

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