Nicklas Bendtner celebrates birthday with shirtless horseback glamour shot

Having just turned 29, Nicklas Bendtner marked his birthday by sharing an eyebrow-raising photo of himself via social media.

As a little treat for his legion of Instagram followers, the Denmark international and ex-Arsenal striker whipped off his shirt, clambered onto his steed and posed for a seductive glamour shot.

Unmistakable shades of Vladimir Putin on horseback there, though whether or not that was the effect Bendtner, now with Rosenborg, was aiming for is debatable.

Still, it's impossible to resist the raw, pulsating machismo on display.

If this is a preview, then we can hardly wait for the 2018 calendar.