Ruud Van Nistelrooy has sparked controversy after 'blacking-up' for a Spanish parade.
The former Manchester United striker was taking part in the Parade of the Three Kings in Marbella, Spain, where he visited a hospital and gave presents to staff and patients.
The 3 kings arrived in Marbella! ???? http://t.co/dzau2vn6
In the hospital with presents for young and old. http://t.co/ybj7WVHw
The retired Dutch footballer was dressed as Middle Eastern King Balthazar and wore a long gown and head dress.
Van Nistelrooy's choice of make-up caused a mixed reaction on Twitter.
@okwonga your thoughts on Ruud Van Nistelrooy's good deed gone wrong? Is this a clash of cultures. It seems utterly derogatory to me.
The Parade of the Three Kings is held annually in Spain and celebrates the end of the festive season.
Dressing up as the three kings is popular in Spain and Balthazar, one of the kings, is historically portrayed as a black man.