He is no longer wowing fans in packed stadiums, but ex-footballer Fabrice Muamba certainly enchanted the audience with another form of footwork - on the dance floor.
Muamba, who survived a heart attack earlier this year, performed a salsa routine with partner Aliona Vilani on the Strictly Christmas dance contest which was aired on Tuesday, reported the Mirror.
Their dance was described by a judge as "incredible".
The former Bolton Wanderers star said: "Two weeks ago, I couldn't perform ballroom dancing, but now I can. I've really enjoyed doing the Strictly Christmas special. It was a lot of fun.
"I want to use what happened to me and turn it into something positive."
He added: "You have to get up and go in life. Stopping football is not the end of the world."
The 24-year-old had to hang up his competitive football boots after suffering the heart attack during a Premiership game in February.
His heart stopped beating for 78 minutes after he fainted, but he has recovered to make a comeback - in a different arena.
Muamba learnt the salsa routine in two weeks of tough training after doctors gave him the green light to compete in Strictly Christmas.
He told The Sun about how he viewed quitting football.
"It's like driving. You reach a dead end, you reverse and move in a different direction."
He added: "Of course I miss football. But I have a reason why I couldn't carry on playing, and the most important things in my life are my wife and son."
Muamba hopes his appearance on the show will inspire survivors of cardiac arrest.
He said: "I want to spread the word about cardiac arrest and show young people you can do anything you want, as long as you have the right people around you and the right mentality."
In the end, Muamba and his partner came in second for the contest, with top honours going to Jonathan "JB" Gill, who won the contest with Ola Jordan.