While Liverpool Under-21s to Barcelona via Oldham Athletic isn’t exactly the most well-worn career path, Ryan McLaughlin still managed to convince more than a few social media rubes that he’d made the big leap thanks to a brilliantly simple Twitter gag he concocted recently.
The 22-year-old full-back, who is a free agent after leaving the Latics this summer, posted a photo on Twitter holding his new Barca shirt aloft and heralded a new and exciting chapter in his professional career.
— Ryan McLaughlin (@RyanMcL2) July 1, 2017
What McLaughlin didn’t mention is that he’d just purchased the shirt from the Barca club shop before embarking on a stadium tour of the Camp Nou as part of his summer holiday.
Still, an alarming number of Twitter divvies were flummoxed by the picture, with several struggling to comprehend the precise thinking behind Barca’s first acquisition of the summer.
— nikyates (@nikyates86) July 2, 2017
Who are u ?
— 🔹ASÄD🔹 (@Its_me_asad) July 1, 2017
Is it real?
— Julian Daniels (@juliandaniels31) July 2, 2017
Et cetera, et cetera.
Proving once again that you can fool some of the people a worryingly large percentage of the time.