Kostas Manolas goes viral as he is unveiled by new club Sharjah next to a LION

“The white shorts weren’t the best idea!” : Former Roma star Kostas Manolas goes viral as he is unveiled by new club Sharjah next to a LION – before fleeing to safety after the predator dropped a huge roar inches away from him.

  • Kostas Manolas was asked to pose alongside an actual lion for his unveiling
  • He was taking his unveiling photo after signing a two-year contract with Sharjah FC
  • Sharjah wanted to unveil Manolas as their “Greek warrior” and use a real lion
  • Manolas jumped out of his skin after the restrained lion rushed towards him

Kostas Manolas showed roaring emotion when asked to pose alongside a real lion during a photoshoot for his new club Sharjah FC.

The United Arab Emirates club signed Manolas on a two-year deal just days after also securing the services of Pjanic following the termination of his contract at Barcelona.

Sharjah wanted to unveil Manolas as their “Greek Warrior” and decided to incorporate an actual lion into their photo shoot. However, it didn’t go as planned.

Manolas almost jumped out of his skin after the lion - who was tied - rushed towards him

Former Napoli and Roma defender Kostas Manolas has been asked to pose alongside a real lion

Fans couldn’t help but laugh at the behind-the-scenes footage as Manolas nearly jumped out of his skin as the lion lunged towards him.

Manolas saw the lion come out of the corner of his eye and jumped to his feet before trying to run away.

Luckily, the lion was attached to a metal chain, but that didn’t stop Manolas from climbing onto the “warning” tape that was placed next to him as a prop.

Fans flocked to social media to poke fun at Manolas.

One Twitter user wrote: ‘The white shorts weren’t the best idea!’, while another added: ‘Can someone get her some clean shorts please…’.

One fan wrote: “At least safety measures were considered. Caution tapes were used.”

Another said: “Love the way he puts the tape between him and the lion. Because it will deter him.

Another Twitter user said: ‘Lion be like, “I know what ap***y looks like when I saw one”.’

Another joked Manolas was ‘desperately trying to make it out alive for his debut’.

Others took to social media to say Manolas had every right to be scared. They said, ‘My guy is right to be terrified. It’s mufasa right there’.

Manolas’ new contract with Sharjah FC officially closes the door to his short-lived reunion with Olympiacos.

Manolas returned to his boyhood club in January after spending the last eight years in the Italian top flight with Roma and Napoli.

The 31-year-old has become Sharjah’s third top signing this summer. He joined the club alongside Pjanic and Paco Alcacer.

The nephew of Greek footballer Stelios Manolas will be looking to make his mark at the United Arab Emirates club – who will pay him £4m over two years.

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