DESPITE the good work of hirsute Holst across in Germany, it has become obvious that the heyday of the footballing beard was the 1970s.
I had suggestions of Ricky Villa, George Best, Jimmy Hill and more made – but we were all left scratching out chins for currently bearded footballers to add to the gallery.
So I’ve come up with the following, a full XI of bearded footballers, all currently playing and as far as I can tell, currently with beard.
Of course, more suggestions are welcome in the comments.
GK – David De Gea (Manchester United)
DEF – Matthias Holst (Hansa Rostock), Olof Mellberg (Olympiakos), Carlos Cuellar (Villa), Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
MID – Gennaro Gattuso (Milan), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Robert Pires (free agent), Daniele Di Rossi (Roma)
ATK – Lisandro Lopez (Lyon), Djibril Cisse (Lazio)