MEMPHIS DEPAY was teased on Twitter for a 'stay strong' T-shirt tribute to injured Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.
Fans online were torn between seeing the message as a heartwarming gesture for a pal – or an altogether cringeworthy affair.
Scoring in Lyon's 4-1 win over Monaco on Sunday night, the Dutchman unveiled a T-shirt that read: "Virgil, stay strong my brother."
Van Dijk is expected to be out for several months after suffering a knee injury in a clash with Jordan Pickford during the recent Merseyside derby.
Liverpool fans were furious when the Everton goalkeeper escaped punishment for the lunge, which was also not given as a penalty due to the defender being offside.
Having played with Van Dijk in the Netherlands national team since the centre-back's 2015 debut, Depay took the time to send a message to his team-mate.
But many onlookers were left bewildered by the show of affection.
While it is not too uncommon for players to receive messages of support when ruled out long-term, they tend to play for the same club.
One Manchester United fan wrote: "Why does everyone keep acting like he's dead?"
Another Twitter user joked: "When’s the funeral?"
While Pete commented: "This is single handedly the most over the top thing in the history of football."
Dec tweeted: "First player ever to get injured, pray for Virgil."
But one Liverpool fan rebutted: "Imagine getting a lot of hate for supporting your friend, state of Twitter."
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