The world's highest paid player, who plays in China, has come out to apologise for his offensive actions during a photo shoot for his club.
Ezequiel Lavezzi joined Hebei China Fortune in 2016, where he reportedly became the highest paid player in the world.
The Argentine, who is said to earn £8.46 million (R137 million) a season in China, appeared to mimic a Chinese characteristic in a photo shoot for his club, resulting in major backlash from fans.
This is the photo that caused a stir:
According to the Daily Mail, Lavezzi has since issued a statement to apologise for his actions, saying: "Per the request of the Chinese Super League, we took the official photos for the season.
"We were given instructions by the official photographer and I was trying to make some interesting photos by making some funny faces, which would be used afterwards for entertainment purposes.
"I had no intention of insulting the Chinese people and did not do it with any bad intentions.
"I'm very happy to be here as part of the Hebei club. I have had great time here with my teammates and it has been a great journey. Every Chinese person around me is friendly and I love my life here.
"I deeply apologise if this photo has offended the Chinese public and fans. I will be more careful in the future.”
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