When West Ham's winger Julien Faubert was loaned out to Real Madrid in January, it felt like an early April Fool. One of the least effective players at Upton Park becoming a Galactico?  So absurd was the move that Paul Merson demanded to know who the agent was - and that he should be "Knighted by the Queen".

According to the Daily Mail Faubert has played 54 minutes in 2 substitute appearances since and on Saturday, in a game Real needed to win, he was so committed to the cause that he seemed to take 40 winks on the bench.  This, weeks after failing to turn up for training as he thought he had the day off. The man is quickly becoming a legend. Of sorts.