Hatem Ben Arfa as Santa
Arfa Christmas (Image: YouTube/OGC Nice)

VIDEO: Hatem Ben Arfa plays Santa on streets of Nice

Does a fine job of it, too.

Former Newcastle forward Hatem Ben Arfa has been in fine form for Nice this season, and it turns out he plays a mean Santa Claus as well.

In this video, you can see the France international taking to the streets of Nice dressed as Father Christmas, meeting young supporters who are unaware they’re talking to their favourite player.

Although he’s rumbled by one or two adults, his performance is a winning one.

Kudos also to his team mates Maxime Le Marchand, who disguises himself as Santa’s security guard, and Romain Genevois, who sells candy floss.