Rob Green isn’t shy to show off his scars from 20-years of shot-stopping, shocking Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink by revealing the damage top-flight strikers did to his hand.
The former England international made 267 Premier League appearances across his two decades between the sticks, lining-up for the likes of West Ham, Leeds, QPR and finally Chelsea.
Green revealed the damage those stints did last year, tweeting a picture of his pinky finger pointing in a very different direction to its neighbours, and adding: ‘Doing my bit to horrify people across the globe.’
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was shocked by the damage goalkeeping did to Rob Green’s hand
The pinky finger on the ex-Chelsea keeper’s hand is crooked, bending outwards at an angle
The 41-year-old has brought out his gruesome party trick again, showing the damage to former Chelsea forward Hasselbaink and his ex-Hammers team-mate Bobby Zamora.
‘I did not (cause that),’ Hasselbaink quickly clarified, speaking on Premier League Productions.
Bobby Zamora joked: ‘Are you pointing at me? Stop pointing at me!’
The pinky on Green’s right hand bends sharply away from the rest of his fingers, and he explained: ‘Over a number of years it’s decided to gradually die and that’s where it’s ended up.
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Green starred for the likes of QPR and West Ham in the Premier League facing top strikers
Green ended his career as Chelsea’s third-choice keeper and got to lift the Europa League
‘That’s from one of Jimmy’s free-kicks about 15 years ago,’ he added.
‘One of the fundamental things about the Premier League compared to other leagues is they kick the ball a lot harder.’
Hasselbaink was impressed: ‘That is dedication!’
Green didn’t need all ten fingers to be functioning by the end of his career as he accepted a third choice role at Chelsea, but he was once a trusty keeper for Norwich, West Ham and QPR after beginning his career back in 1999.
The six-foot-two stopper’s career was rocked by his mistake at the 2010 World Cup, gifting USA’s Clint Dempsey a goal by spilling the striker’s long-range shot in South Africa.
He went out on a high in 2019 though, announcing his retirement after celebrating Europa League glory with Chelsea.