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Watch: Daniele De Rossi goes to extreme lengths to watch beloved Roma against Lazio

The Italian hired a make-up artist so he wouldn't be recognised in the crowd

Daniele De Rossi during his last match for Roma on May 26, 2019 in Rome, Italy. Getty Images
Daniele De Rossi during his last match for Roma on May 26, 2019 in Rome, Italy. Getty Images

It isn't totally unusual to see a professional footballer cheering on his teammates from the crowd if he is unavailable to play.

As for what Roma legend Daniele De Rossi has just done – now that is unheard of.

The Italian was at the Stadio Olympico at the weekend to cheer on the club he spent 18 years at before moving on to Boca Juniors in Argentina in May. He has since retired from the game.

But, given his status among the rival football fans in Rome, simply turning up with a ticket for the Roma-Lazio derby match wasn't an option.

Instead, he hired a make-up artist and was transformed into an unrecognisable figure.

His wife, Sarah Felberbaum, posted this video on her Instagram account showing the length De Rossi went to in order to hide his identity.

She commented alongside the video: "Here's what happens when your husband decides to infiltrate the south corner to fulfill his dream and see the derby! We lost an entire afternoon, hours of make-up, traumatised the children but he was happy as a child."

Daniele De Rossi during his make-up session. Courtesy Instragram
Daniele De Rossi during his make-up session. Courtesy Instagram

Footage from social media appeared to show the transformed figure of De Rossi getting engrossed in the derby spirit inside the stadium. The Serie A match finished 1-1.

This screengrab from a social media post appears to show Daniele De Rossi at the match between Roma and Lazio. Courtesy Twitter
This screengrab from a social media post appears to show Daniele De Rossi at the match between Roma and Lazio. Courtesy Twitter

De Rossi, 36, made more than 600 appearances for Roma, and also represented Italy 117 times and won the World Cup in 2006.

Updated: January 29, 2020 09:27 PM

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