Michael Johnson was finally released by Manchester City over Christmas after they ran out of patience with the wayward midfielder's indiscipline.

Johnson had not played for City since an October 2009 League Cup tie, and judging by the weight he gained that summer, it is easy to see why.

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Where did it all go wrong fro Michael Johnson?

Whereas most players put on some timber after they're playing career, Johnson was doing it in his early 20s. Bloated and looking rough, he is now just 24.

Here are some players who let it go after the final final whistle.

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  • Inter Milan's Brazilian striker Ronaldo Nazario ki

    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: Inter Milan's Brazilian striker Ronaldo Nazario kicks the ball 10 March 2002 during a promotional demonstration match of 'futvolley,' a blend of soccer and volleyball, on the sands of the Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ronaldo, who had been sidelined with a muscle injury since 23 December, was given the green light 09 March to play in Brazil's World Cup 2002 warm up against Yugoslavia. Ronaldo will travel to Italy later 10 March. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Brazilian former football star Ronaldo d

    Brazilian former football star Ronaldo drives the ball during a charity football match organized by former Brazilian national team player Zico, at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 28, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Soccer - FA Carling Premiership - West Ham United v Southampton

    Neil Ruddock of West Ham United salutes the crowd on his return from injury

  • Celebrity Big Brother Launch - London

    Neil "Razor" Ruddock arriving at the launch of Celebrity Big Brother 2013, Elstree Studios, Borehamwood.

  • Diego Maradona

  • Diego Maradona

  • John Barnes

  • John Barnes

  • Steve Bruce

  • Steve Bruce

  • David Platt

  • David Platt

  • Kenny Sansom

  • Kenny Sansom

  • Jan Molby

  • Jan Molby

  • Soccer - Premier League - Manchester United v Everton - Old Trafford

    NEVILLE SOUTHALL, EVERTON GOALKEEPER

  • Soccer - Carling Premier League ... Everton v Newcastle United

    Neville Southall, Everton

  • Matthew Le Tissier

    Southampton's Matthew Le Tissier during the game

  • Matthew Le Tissier

    Matthew Le Tissier