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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?

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.

Bolton Wanderers' Jay-Jay Okocha is presented with a birthday 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.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson cuts a cake to mark the club's 100th anniversary

A couple from the England set-up now. Couldn’t be bothered to remove the outer plastic, Gareth?

Gareth Barry holds a birthday cake

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.

Paul Scholes with a birthday 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.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel with a Wembley Stadium cake

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?

Stanley Matthews with his 50th birthday cake

And last but not least, here are some delightfully retro Premier League cakes from the mid 1990s.

A selection of the FA Premier League club cakes at Elisabeth the Chef bakers in Worcester

Back when cakes were cakes, and footballers didn’t dive (as much).

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