Beau Ryan has hit back after Trolls blasted him for kissing his daughter on her birthday.
On December 29, the 34-year-old had taken to Instagram to share a snap in which he is kissing Remi, 7, on the cheek at a water park despite the youngster appearing reluctant to receive the embrace, resulting in outrage from critics.
He finally responded the the furor on Friday, again taking to Instagram to share a new photo - this time of his daughter kissing him, while he grimaces.
'Perfect response!' Taking to Instagram on Friday, Beau Ryan (left) hit back with hilarious comeback photo after Trolls blasted him for kissing his daughter Remi, 7, (right) on her birthday
The snap flipped the roles seen in the original photo and was clearly a reference to the earlier snap.
While Beau did not add any comment or caption to his photo on Friday, many of his famous friends showed their support.
Erin Molan wrote: 'Hahaha love ya! Perfect response!' while Sarah Harris added: 'Brilliant'.
Drama: Critics trolled ex-NRL star Beau Ryan after he shared this Instagram photo of him kissing his daughter Remi and added a caption warning off other boys
Rugby player Kyle Flanagan added: 'Yes bra!' while another footy star, Quade Cooper, chimed in: 'Did she ask for permission.. love ya'.
Earlier, thousands of fans had rushed to defend retired footy star Beau Ryan after he fell victim to online Trolls who took issue with him kissing daughter Remi.
In the Instagram snap, he was seen kissing Remi, who he wished Remi a happy birthday, while warning boys at her school only he had the privilege of kissing her.
Mates! While Beau did not add any comment or caption to his photo on Friday, many of his famous friends showed their support
Ryan jokingly added if they tried to give her a smooch they should remember he had 'lebo mates, a shovel and an alibi'.
Critics responded to the post by saying the NRL legend's body language was 'possessive', and the caption warning off boys was overbearing.
But thousands of social media commenters have now rushed to support Ryan, with one saying the online Trolls were an indictment on modern-day society.
Support: Earlier, thousands of fans had rushed to defend retired footy star Beau Ryan after he fell victim to online Trolls who took issue with him kissing daughter Remi
'What is gross and disgusting is people abusing a father for loving his child,' one social media user wrote on Daily Mail Australia's Facebook page.
'Nothing wrong with the picture. Just a show of love and affection from a father ...what's wrong with others who are so quick to judge.'
Another hit out at those who said the ex-athlete's behaviour was overly-protective.
'It is possible to protect and love your children without being possessive. Horrible attack on Beau here, not fair at all,' they said.
One person, meanwhile, reflected when Remi was older she would cherish the photo rather than cringe at it.
Polls: A poll in an earlier story by Daily Mail Australia found only 17 per cent of readers thought Beau Ryan's post was inappropriate, while 78 per cent did not have a problem with it
A poll in an earlier story by Daily Mail Australia found only 17 per cent of readers thought Beau Ryan's post was inappropriate, while 78 per cent did not have a problem with it. 5 per cent,