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The Spoiler’s Top Five Dramatic Football Makeovers

Not including Davey Becksie

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If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a great feature over on Sports Illustrated celebrating some of the sporting world’s most curious image changes – which got The Spoiler to thinking about modern footballers, with their tatts, their beards, and their enormous pretend angel wings.

Basically, we lifted the idea and applied it solely to football – that’s high-end journalism for you! Enjoy our five below, and please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section…

Jonathan Greening

Jonathan Greening

Once upon a time, Jonathan Greening was going to be the English Ryan Giggs. Now he’s basically John the Baptist.

Abel Xavier

Abel Xavier

No one will ever forget Abel Xavier – not necessarily because he was a great footballer, more because he looked like the Yorkshire Ripper in negative.

Stephen Ireland

Stephen Ireland

Everyone knows about “distraction” – it’s the art of averting people’s attention from one thing by creating a fuss about something else. In Stephen Ireland’s case, he started going bald so had some absolutely massive wings tatted onto his back.

Djibril Cisse

Djibril Cisse

What started with a little bit of peroxide and a precise beard trimmer has escalated into Djibril Cisse treating his entire body like a child’s colouring in book.

Genaro Gatusso

Gatusso

Presumably as an homage to Al Pacino in Serpico, Gatusso has gone from being a fresh faced rookie, to wearing a hat and having a really big beard.


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