Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy has had a pretty strange last few weeks.
From being cast as public enemy number one recently following his alleged role in the downfall of former Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri, to death threats aimed at both him and his family.
It had been a lightning fast fall from grace for everyone’s favourite non-league-striker-turned-Premier-League-winning goal-scoring machine.
Well, now the speedy striker has done his best to re-endear himself to the footballing public of England with a goal for his country on Sunday after replacing Jermaine Defoe in the second half.
Vardy provided a cool finish after a beautiful flick by Adam Lallana found him in the box to put the Three Lions 2-0 up against Lithuania, and the man who rediscovered his goal-scoring form faster than you can say “arrivederci Claudio”, was off celebrating a sixth England goal.
But rather than talk about his goal, the social media chatter was more concerned with an apparent black eye.
Or was he wearing eyeliner? They just couldn’t decide.
— Toby Aston (@TobyAston) March 26, 2017
— Joe Gardiner (@grdnrio) March 26, 2017
Jamie Vardy’s having a party bring your mascara and your eyeliner pic.twitter.com/57XDxGmU7A
— Aaron (@WAFCAaron) March 26, 2017
Listens to My Chemical Romance once. pic.twitter.com/1zZyrwSBk9
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) March 26, 2017
Wonder how Vardy got that black eye? Seems odd being such a likeable chap
— (((Allspurs))) (@all_spurs) March 26, 2017
Vardy’s explanation. “It was just an accident. My eye decided to connect with the ball. That’s football, I suppose.”
You may believe that, but after much deliberation, we here at FOX Sports Asia think we have figured out how this might have happened. Especially if this is a habit of his.
Jamie Vardy realises he's forgotten to put Vera on record later pic.twitter.com/0jR14gYoyn
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) March 26, 2017
That’s gotta hurt!