Seeing a footballer with an epic beard is a rare sighting nowadays, so we decided to celebrate with a list of the top bearded footballers worth checking out!
Giroud is the first player that comes to mind when I think of bearded footballers in the Premier League. Not surprisingly the Chelsea striker is a brand ambassador for Beardilizer, an eCommerce company that sells beard growth products. Giroud’s well-groomed facial hair makes him the perfect spokesperson for the company.
The Welshman sports a caveman beard that makes him standout on the field. Ledley played brilliantly for Wales during the 2016 European Championship, helping his nation reach the semi-finals. Fans also love Joe’s facial hair and someone even set up a parody Twitter account for his beard.
The tough-tackling midfielder looks a man who spends too much time in front of the mirror grooming himself. He currently plays for Aston Villa in the Championship and previously played for Crystal Palace. While he doesn’t possess any silky skills, the Australian is still useful to have in every team.
Not many people will know Adam Clayton from his performances on the field as football fans are more aware of manly appearance. The midfielder is playing for Middlesbrough and has had spells at Leeds United and Huddersfield Town. During his time at Huddersfield, Clayton grew a massive hipster beard that didn’t exactly help him perform better. Imagine how much faster he would be if he was clean-shaven!
Nicolas Otamendis facial hair is a thing of beauty. The Man City centre half has a beard and tattoos because he feels it adds to his image as an aggressive defender. The Argentinian is now a regular in the starting line up for Man City, a team that won the Premier League without breaking a sweat.
Although his spells in England didn’t work, fans have always been entertained with Djibril Cisse’s bizarre hairstyles. Fans tend to forget about his designer beard to match his hair. The Frenchman recently retired as a professional footballer is now a full-time DJ.
Former Liverpool and Real Madrid star, Alonso has designer stumble tinted with a shade of ginger. While he doesn’t have a thick facial hair like Joe Ledley, his designer stubble is still a joy to look. Now retired, Alonso has plenty of free time to maintain a healthy grooming schedule.
Pirlo is a sophisticated, classy guy who wouldn’t look out of place on the cover of GQ. The Italian was without doubt one of the best midfielders over the past ten years and played at a high level well into his thirties.
Meireles is another footballer blessed with a beautiful beard. The midfielder had a decent career playing for clubs such as Porto, Liverpool, Chelsea and Fenerbahce. Meireles hoped to make a return to the Premier League in 2017 but was unable to find a new club and retired. I’m sure he made enough money throughout his career to live a comfortable retirement.
The Turkish winger might not care about his hairstyle but he certainly cares about keeping his facial hair tidy. Turan still plays in Spain for Barcelona but is likely to be sold in the summer.