Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera cracked his team-mates up when he revealed that he has worn the same shinpads since he was eight years old.
Herrera, 27, has made 15 Premier League appearances under Jose Mourinho this season, having joined United in mid-2014.
Arriving with him from Athletic Bilbao were his shinpads, Herrera revealing his team-mates laugh at him because of his superstition.
“I have a good story with my shinpads. I have had the same shinpads since I was eight or nine years old,” he told the club’s website.
“Everyone laughs in the dressing room because of them but I am superstitious with that.
“I like to keep playing with them until they are completely battered.”
Asked if he had any other superstitions, Herrera said: “No, not too many. No, just the shinpads.”