Liverpool star who played in Champions League win looks completely different now

A former Liverpool star who played in their Champions League win in 2005 looks completely different almost two decades on.

Czech striker Milan Baros started for Rafael Benitez's side in Istanbul as the Reds came back from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties and become champions of Europe for a fifth time. Baros starred in Liverpool's run to the final after arriving at Anfield from Banik Ostrava in 2002, sporting shoulder length slicked back hair and a hairband.

However, the top scorer at Euro 2004 now has a very different look 18 years on from the final as he continues to play at the age of 41.

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Baros now turns out for amateur side FK Vigantice in his native Czech Republic after returning to his boyhood club on a free transfer from Banik Ostrava in 2020.

A string of calf and Achilles injuries in the tail end of his career forced the then 38-year-old to turn his back on the professional game and return to the side where he began his career aged just six.

He has now ditched his long locks and replaced them with a short shaved barnet and beard, occasionally spiking his hair up in snaps on his social media profiles.

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Overall, Baros spent three years with Liverpool before being sold to Aston Villa in the summer of 2005 after scoring 27 goals in 108 appearances on Merseyside. Baros can also lay claim to "adding character" to the Champions League trophy after he dropped it at the team hotel in Turkey.

As Liverpool had won the competition five times they were allowed to keep the silverware and reportedly chose not to have it repaired as the club felt the dent gave the trophy more personality.

He later had a loan spell with Portsmouth, with his Premier League record standing at 28 goals in 122 appearances across his spells with Liverpool, Villa and Pompey. Baros also lifted the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008.

During his career, the centre forward also appeared for Lyon, Galatasaray and Antalyaspor before returning to the Czech Republic for good in 2014.

At international level, Baros scored 41 goals in 93 caps between 2001 and 2012 as well as appearing for his country at three European Championships and the 2006 World Cup.


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