Ex-Manchester United transfer target Kostas Manolas was terrified by lion during photoshoot for new club Sharjah FC, despite being labelled ‘Greek god’

Player signing videos are becoming more and more elaborate these days… and some should come with personal health warnings.

This summer alone we’ve had Matthijs de Ligt stand in a river when Bayern announced his transfer, while Burnley did a Generation Game-style clip when Nathan Tella joined.

Manolas was not a fan of having to pose next to a lion

Manolas was not a fan of having to pose next to a lion

The Love Island fans got a treat when Charlton revealed the signing of Mandela Egbo.

Things got a little more perilous for Diego Costa when he posed with some actual wolves when Wolves [the football club] announced his signing.

He was not exactly a fan of it, revealing he was ‘scared to death’ while filming.

Now things may have gone a little bit too far when UAE club Sharjah signed ‘Greek Warrior’ Kostas Manolas.

There was not much warrior-like about his reaction to filming their signing video when he had to pose next to a lion.

The lion then jumped forward a little, and growled, and it’s fair to say Manolas s*** himself. To be fair, most of us would have.

Manolas is a former Roma and Napoli defender


Manolas is a former Roma and Napoli defender

He scrambled to get over some ‘caution’ tape, which, let’s be honest, is not going to do much against a lion…

The 31-year-old defender was once a target of Manchester United back in 2019 and has played for the likes of AEK Athens, Olympiacos, Roma and Napoli.

Manolas’ most famous moment came in the Champions League when he scored Roma’s third goal in a 3-0 win over Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico.

It gave them a 4-4 draw with the Spaniards, seeing the Italians win on away goals, and inspired some incredible commentary from Peter Drury.

Manolas’ late header won it for Roma against Barcelona


Manolas’ late header won it for Roma against Barcelona

He said: “Roma have risen from their ruins… Manolas the Greek God in Rome. The unthinkable unfolds before our eyes…

“It is a Greek from Mount Olympus who has come to the seven hills of Rome and pulled off a miracle.”

Manolas will join Miralem Pjanic and Paco Alcacer at the UAE outfit.

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