Professional sports stars really only get a handful of weeks off each year, with clubs letting them go off to enjoy the time between their season ending and the start of gruelling summer pre-season training. So fair play to ’em, they tend to pack in as much as they can during the time they get. But as far as AFL stars go, none use their spare time for looser activities than Western Bulldogs weapon Tom Liberatore.
Libba fronted back up for Bulldogs training after his time off sporting a curious new addition to his overall look; a brand-new tattoo.
But rather than being the extensive artwork other AFL players sport, Liberatore’s new bodily addition was of ah… a Fruit & Nut Muesli Bar.
Not in an inconspicuous place either. Right smack bang on the forearm. Cop it.
It’s not clear exactly when Liberatore scored the tasty new addition to his arm; the 26-year-old spent large stretches of 2018 on the sideline and out of the public spotlight thanks to a ruptured ACL suffered in the Dogs’ 2018 season opener against GWS.
However, it’s certainly not the first left-of-centre tough sticker Liberatore’s copped either. He already sports another snack-themed tatty on one of his calves:
"My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story."
If Johnny Depp's words are true … what on earth is Tom Liberatore's story?
— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) November 15, 2018
If I’m reading the pun right here, that would make that a Ninjabread Man.
Old mate also has a raft of good-ass tatties on his thighs, which includes a parrot shouting “Welcome to Lagos” and what appears to be a home job scrawl of the phrase “Viet yam.”
Liberatore signed a fresh one-year contract with the Bulldogs after an injury-interrupted career thus far, and is making a push to get his body right with a view to reclaiming some of the 2016 form that made him an integral part of Footscray’s fairytale premiership.
Get up ’em, Libba, you absolute weapon.Image: Getty Images / Kelly Defina