How does Julian Draxler’s huge birthday cake compare in the pantheon of football sponge?
The sport has a long and storied relationship with cake.
Paris St Germain midfielder Julian Draxler has posted a picture of his massive birthday cake, with two huge tiers and a cakey PSG shirt on top.
It’s a stunning effort – going for a Paris theme here, Julian?
Merci pour tous les voeux et messages d'anniversaire! Vous l'avez rendu ce jour spécial 😍 🎉 // Danke für die vielen Glückwünsche. Ihr habt den Tag noch schöner gemacht 😍🎉 // Thank you for all the birthday wishes and messages! You made it even more special 😍🎉 _____________________________________________________________ #birthday #thankyou #icicestparis #allezpsg #psg #paris #paname #jdx
The Germany international was 24 this week – but how does his novelty sponge compare with the cakes of football’s past and present?
Here’s former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce presenting Jay-Jay Okocha (so good they named him twice) with a pretty small cake.
Were they in the Premier League these days, Bolton could probably afford to buy their own factory for the sole purpose of making birthday cakes.
Here’s former Manchester United man Sir Alex Ferguson slicing into a shirt to celebrate 100 years of the club – pretty basic stuff compared to Draxler’s dessert.
A couple from the England set-up now. Couldn’t be bothered to remove the outer plastic, Gareth?
Gareth Barry there, apparently celebrating his first birthday.
What about Paul Scholes, not for the first time shunted out to the left in favour of a flashier player/cake.
What list would be complete without a couple of cake stadia?
Here, Peter Schmeichel accidentally offers a glimpse into what the impending demolition of the old Wembley Stadium would look like.
Legend of the English game Stanley Matthews sits before an incredibly ambitious cake, including what looks to be a full two teams of footballers – is the detail more impressive than Draxler’s gargantuan gateau?
And last but not least, here are some delightfully retro Premier League cakes from the mid 1990s.
Back when cakes were cakes, and footballers didn’t dive (as much).