Percy Tau's initial move to Belgium was met with scepticism but after reaching the pinnacle of the Pro League - his lifestyle has completely transformed since leaving Mamelodi Sundowns.
After winning the CAF Champions League, Super Cup, Nedbank Cup, Telkom Knock Out and two Absa Premiership winners' medals, Tau departed South Africa with a superstar PSL status.
Scroll through the gallery above to see Tau's personal transformation since leaving Mzansi
Often media-shy and not the most active on social channels, the 26-year-old is now living the dream in the upper echelons of European football.
Still contracted to Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion his long-term future remains undecided but from Brussels to Bruges - he's now firmly engraved himself into the nation's history.
Flying the SA flag in Western Europe
Former teammates at Union Saint-Galloise lauded Tau's humility and professionalism as a someone who lives and breaths football and not attracted to nightlife or glamour.
But the irony of him evading the spotlight has brought an even bigger microscope as the poster-boy of South African football.
On his Instagram feed in which he's promised to fans to now become more active, his reputation of a happy-go-lucky professional shines brightly.
From himself pictured in scenic nature shots to casual snaps in the garden, Tau personifies the ideal role model for young aspiring footballers in South Africa.
Did you know?
Tau was hailed by domestic rival Thibault Peyre for his humility despite 'earning seven times more than his teammates'.
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Do you think more South African footballers could benefit from Tau's off-the-field lifestyle?