Ibrahim Afellay has responded after former international team-mate and ex- Liverpool star Ryan Babel dissed him on a rap track.

The two men once represented the Netherlands, playing together 13 times, often competing for positions on the wings.

But there appears to be no love lost after Babel targeted Afellay on a diss track entitled ‘Open Letter’ , which was released ahead of an upcoming album.

Hitting out at Afellay's new role as pundit, Babel raps: "Bro, I don’t know you from Barca, maybe more from PSV. Oh, now you’re an analyst? Hmm, so so.

"Heard in the corridors you’re broke, bro. You call things and don’t think about them anymore bro code. But I understand if your career comes to a dead end."



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Babel, 34, still plays football for Turkish team Galatasaray while Afellay, 35, retired in January having last played for PSV.

Afellay, who also appeared 35 times for Barcelona between 2010 and 2015, was stunned by Babel’s jibe.

Speaking to NOS, he was at a loss to try and explain why Babel had called him out and said: "I'm honestly surprised by it.

"I've only known him through the Dutch national team and he was always nice there. I don't have anything bad to say about him really."

The song is split in two, 'like a game of football', with the first half reflecting on Babel’s career and the second talking about 2021.

The video’s description reads: "Before releasing his long-awaited debut album, Ryan Babel has some thoughts to share with the world.

"In his new single and clip 'Open Letter' he reflects on the beginning of his career as a professional football player and how things are going now.

Ibrahim Afellay when he played for Stoke (


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"Just like a football match, ‘Open Letter’ consists of two halves. Mentioning his entrepreneurial mindset, how he started his own music label in 2009, and his experiences with trainers Ronald Koeman, Louis van Gaal, Danny Blind, Winston Bogarde and Rafael Benítez.

"A beat switch by producer LJ brings us back to 2021. In the second half of the song Ryan discusses racism in the football industry, the reactions to the recent EURO 2020 final and his opinion about certain football analysts on television.

"The accompanying music video makes sure there’s no mistake about who his bars are directed to."

Babel is in the final 12 months of his contract at Galatasaray and is set to become a free agent, or perhaps full-time rapper, this summer.

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