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Since the era of David Beckham – and arguably earlier – the world of football has often intertwined with that of fashion.

There are plenty of footballers who could’ve very easily pursued a career in modelling while still playing or once they retired – something Beckham did, most notably working with Calvin Klein.

These footballers often have iconic looks and something about their appearance that makes them stand out from the crowd.

For footballers like Andrea Pirlo and Olivier Giroud, it’s very clearly their impressive beards. Pirlo even going as far as being somewhat synonymous with beards and football being mentioned in the same sentence.

So, I ask you, what are some of the best beards you’ve seen in football? Drop a comment below or let me know on Instagram (tag me; @sjrcarson) and we’ll chat.

Let’s being with the boss of beards – Pirlo.

Andrea is a classy guy, any of his fans already know this, but he hasn’t sported that magnificent beard for his entire playing career. In his more formidable days, when he won the World Cup with Italy, he often was clean shaven.

Absolutely no doubt you’d still find him in a smart shirt walking around a vineyard though.

Olivier is a footballer probably better known for his looks than his playing ability, the Chelsea forward has often played on his perceived beauty however – often making reference to it in interesting ways…

Beautiful times ❤️❤️❤️ @romeobeckham @cruzbeckham #harperseven

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Beckham was once a brilliant footballer but he’s since built himself an impressive portfolio of work in the modelling world. He’s even recently started acting and producing his own whiskey – a busy man!

In his younger years, when he was affectionately known as “Golden Balls”, Becks was probably more known for his trendy hairstyles but nowadays he often rocks a stylish beard.

Thierry Henry is a legendary former footballer and, now in his later years – working his way into management and punditry – cleans up well with an impressive, full beard to contrast with his shiny dome.

Perhaps something Romelu Lukaku should consider copying.

It caught my eye.

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Xabi Alonso, a wonderfully handsome gentleman, who once asked my sister for a cigarette in Liverpool, began to see his facial hair celebrated in a way similar to Pirlo once he started growing a beard after returning to Spain to play for Real Madrid.

Sergio Ramos, also Spanish, also bearded and also devilishly handsome, is more known for his performances on the field – and the amount of cards that he accumulates – but nobody can challenge him on his look; he’s always oozing style.

Ezequiel Lavezzi is among the best paid football players in the world but is often more famed for his looks, as above he shows his maturity in the silver tinges of his facial hair.

Lastly, another Spaniard, Cesc Fabregas. Cesc, Xabi and Sergio are part of an impressive gene pool that made up the World Cup-winning Spanish national football team toward the end of the 00s.

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