A Far-Right Website Has Confused Lukas Podolski With A Human Trafficker On A Jet Ski

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You could say ex-Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has been a migrant of sorts. That is, if you count the fact he's travelled through five different countries during his illustrious - and very well paid - career as a footballer.

But that's probably not what far-right website Breitbart meant when they posted an uncaptioned photo of the German national riding pillion on a jet-ski under the headline, "Spanish Police crack gang moving migrants on jet-skis".

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The story itself needs no explaining. But why they used a picture of Germany's third-most capped player enjoying a spot of water sports days before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is, to say the least, somewhat baffling.

The Evening Standard said the picture is believed to have been used as a stock image, with Breitbart apparently unaware of who the passenger was. The gaffe came a day after the website's controversial editor, Steve Bannon, was ejected from the White House as Donald Trump's chief strategist. Breitbart has not yet commented on what has been desscribed as an "epic fail", leaving Twitter to do that for it.

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Even comedian Dara O Briain had a go:

Over a long and enviable career, Podolski has played in Germany (FC Koln, Bayern Munich), England (Arsenal), Italy (Inter Milan) and Turkey (Galatasaray). He currently plays for Vissel Kobe in the Japanese league. He also won the 2014 Wold Cup with Germany weeks before the snap was taken.

Does that make him an migrant? Either way, he looks very happy wherever he's going on that jet-ski.