Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has been taking part in British reality TV show Love Island for two weeks without anyone noticing.
Mascherano, who’s won 136 caps for Argentina and lifted two Champions League trophies, has been moonlighting as a hairdresser from Essex called ‘Kem’.
The show’s unofficial head of PR, Lee Satchell, explained: “We got an email from Javier’s people one day but we thought it was a bit of a joke.
“Javier picked up a bit of cockney from his time at West Ham, so he came up with the idea of pretending to be a hairdresser from Essex.
“He’s been growing his hair especially for the part. He looks amazing.
“No one has realised it’s him yet, although he nearly blew his cover when they were all having a bit of a kick about in the garden and he put a reducer on Marcel.
“But there’s a bit of an issue. He’s getting so stressed by Amber that his hair is starting to fall out.
“Every day he looks less and less like Kem and more and more like Javier, which isn’t ideal.
“There’s rumours that they’re going to send Carlos Tevez in as an East End tiler to take the heat off Javier.
“We just hope he makes it through to the end without getting exposed. He didn’t tell Barcelona he was going on the show so we don’t want the club finding out.
“After all, four weeks on the Bacardi Breezers and Sangria isn’t the best preparation for a new season.”
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