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Ballack and his Leverkusen teammates as Star Wars characters

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Michael Ballack returned to the Bayer Leverkusen bench for Friday's match against Borussia Dortmund after a long absence with a fractured shinbone and the fans marked his comeback with an impressive Star Wars themed display. That's Ballack with the blaster in his hand and signature smarmy look on his face at the center of the picture above, flanked by Simon Rolfes on his left and Rene Adler on his right. Aside from that weird lip thing he has going on, it really is uncanny.

And yes, he probably is aiming that blaster at Philipp Lahm. A wider shot of the whole display right this way...

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As for the real Michael Ballack, this is what he did during Leverkusen's 3-1 loss to Dortmund:

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He sat at the end of the bench and stared past the pitch, thinking about how much he would love to prank that Stiffly Stifferson Philipp Lahm for hours in his basement.

Photos: Reuters, Getty

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