Getting a picture taken for the annual Premier League sticker album must be a footballer’s equivalent of having a school photo: you throw on a brand new shirt for the first time, you always come out of it looking worse than you imagined and eventually, you know that it’ll be dug out 15 years later for people to laugh at.

Topps (and formerly Merlin’s) collectable Premier League sticker albums provide a brilliant – and often cringeworthy – trip through memory lane. As players approach their final days in the Premier League, they look more like convicts at the end of a prison sentence than those who lived a childhood dream.

Here’s a look at what playing in the Premier League for ten years can do to a man.

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