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Former Chelsea Striker Mateja Kezman Is Almost Unrecognisable These Days

Former Chelsea Striker Mateja Kezman Is Almost Unrecognisable These Days

Several pictures of former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman have emerged online and he looks almost unrecognisable, nine years after playing his last game in professional football.

The 41-year-old, who spent time with PSV Eindhoven, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Fenerbahce during a fascinating, but splintered career, is now a sports agent for in-demand Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Kezman decided to hang up his boots in 2011, aged 33, after a brief spell with Hong Kong First Division side South China.

And now, after serving time as a director of football at Serbian side FK Vojvodina shortly after retirement, he is making moves in the world of football agency.

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Kezman is probably best known for his below-par spell at Premier League side Chelsea.

He joined the club in 2004 after scoring 105 goals in 122 games for PSV Eindhoven and, during a time when Jose Mourinho was bringing in a huge amount of talent, there was a real excitement in the air when Kezman arrived in a £5.3 million deal.

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The Serbian striker would struggle to find his feet in West London, however, and would only spend a single season at the club after scoring seven goals in 41 appearances.

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Image: PA

Despite failing to light up the Premier League during a forgettable stint at Chelsea, Kezman still recalls his time with The Blues as the best of his career.

"Chelsea was the best thing in my career. That was the climax of my career, for sure," he told Sky Sports.

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"Living and playing in London was something that I will never forget. I don't know if I made a mistake because I moved away so quickly. Maybe I do and maybe I don't regret it, but I always believe in my decisions.

"But the transfer to Chelsea made my dreams come true. That was the best thing that ever happened to me.

"Maybe I could achieve more and I could have been more successful at Stamford Bridge, but I don't regret anything."

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Image: PA
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On his day, Kezman was one of the best forwards in the Premier League. It's just a shame those days were numbered.

Topics: Chelsea, Premier League

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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