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03rd Jul 2017

If you look carefully, there’s something remarkable about AC Milan new signing’s anatomy

That can't be real...can it?

Nooruddean Choudry

Hakan Calhanoglu is some player.

The 23-year-old playmaker has fine passing range and wonderful vision, and has previously been likened to Mesut Ozil in terms of his style of play and technique. He also happens to be one of the best set-piece specialists in the world.

Perhaps not since famed Brazilian maestro Juninho Pernambucano has a player been so unerringly accurate from any deadball scenario. Indeed Calhanoglu is only behind Andreas Pirlo in the Fifa 17 rankings for best freekick takers.

It’s easy to see why:

The likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have all been linked to big money swoops for the Turkey international in recent seasons, but it is money bags Milan who have swooped for the player in a €20m deal.

The (now former) Bayer 04 Leverkusen man was all smiles in Italy as the deal was finally confirmed and he was able to don his new club’s garb, but eagle-eyed folk may have noticed something remarkable about the player’s appearance.

If you’ve not already noticed, the playmaker’s ears appear to be upside down. We shit you not – have a closer look:

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Is this the real secret to his amazing set-piece abilities? Does it allow him to keep his ear to the ground and work to a different frequency to us mere mortals? He’s like a real-life X-Man.