Former football player Simon Church has sparked a UFO-hunting frenzy after posting a video of a glowing orb which he encountered while entertaining himself with star-gazing during the coronavirus lockdown.

In the video, a bright white object which appears completely spherical from the ground is seen sailing through the dark sky before abruptly vanishing.

Churchzooms in but it makes the video more grainy and it is hard to see the object clearly.

Baffled by the mystery object, the ex-Wales star shared a brief clip of it onto his Twitter account on Tuesday where it has since been watched more than 20,000 times.

He wrote: "Just seen the craziest thing while having a look at Venus tonight. It was way too high to be a drone and then just disappeared."

Chruch used the hashtag #ufo and then joked he thought he might have been going mad just days into the national coronavirus quarantine.

The clip sparked a hot debate on the feed, with the footballer conceding it was probably the International Space Station which was visible from the UK that night.

"After watching it there it must have been the space station cool to watch but gutted it’s not Mars Attacks," he joked in reference to the cult horror film.

But UFOlogists were quick to disagree and insisted the glowing sphere really was an alien craft from another world.

Sounding impressed, a believer told him: "That’s the real deal. Congratulations amazing capture."

"Deffo ufo," said a second believer. "If you are in Wales near St Athan it is UK Area 51."

In a dig at the coronavirus pandemic, a third viewer tweeted: "If they bring medical supplies, thousands of masks and several tons of toilet paper, they are welcome."

Last year, Church opened a cannabis oil business after suffering from chronic pain throughout his footie career and finding that the treatment helped ease his symptoms.

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