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Top 15 Athletes Who Make The Ugliest Faces When They Play

Photography in its purest sense is considered an art form, capturing moments in time that illustrates to the reader the blood, sweat and tears involved when a sports star pushes their body to the limits.

At the elite level the simple fact is you win at all costs, and it is the photographer's job to relay this emotion to the page and screen.

But sometimes, in the very rare moments, an image will be taken that will have the most mature of minds in stitches.

Whether diving at the Olympic games, making that final push at the shot-put event or concentrating during a decisive drop shot, athletes around the world have an untimely habit of producing the ugliest facial expressions physically possible.

Unfortunately for them, these pieces of art are readily accessible and easy to discover for our own amusement. In the age of Twitter, memes, GIFs, JIFs, and YouTube, an ugly face is forever etched in the memory and difficult to shake.

Now let's not be mistaken – here at The Sportster we understand even the best and brightest of us can fall victim to ugly face.

NBA royalty and Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan had the unenviable condition of poking his tongue out when approaching the rim for the clutch play, so often it bordered on obsessive compulsive disorder.

For a man iconic with producing slam-dunks and lay-ups, its fair to say this category of images is contained in its own database.

Benefit of the doubt can be given for occupational hazards – a devastating punch in the ring, a soccer ball to the face or a weightlifter grimacing in pain when the bar just won’t get off the ground.

But we’ll let you be the judge.

Here they are – the Top 15 Athletes Who Make The Ugliest Faces When They Play

15 15. Jay Cutler

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The quarterback of any NFL team is the face of the franchise, holding destiny in their own hands. For the Chicago Bears' 2010 campaign, one moment encapsulated the dizzy haze of a season ending in heartbreak. Picked 11th in the 2006 Draft, Jay Cutler was meant to be the savior of the fledgling club after a short spell with the Denver Broncos ended in 2008. This shot from a nail-biting game against the Pittsburgh Steelers portrayed a man at the end of a weeklong bucks party rather than an elite football player.

14 14. Blake Griffin

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13 13. Alexander Ovechkin

12 12. Jeff Monson

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11 11. Marcos Baghdatis

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10 10. Peter Waterfield

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9 9. Mark Hominick

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8 8. Luis Suarez

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7 7. Qin Kai

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6 6. Franck Ribery

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5 5. Evgeni Plushenko

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4 4. Kurt Roberts – Shot Put

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3 3. Albin Vidovic

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2 2. Takuya Eizumi

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1 1. Phil Jones

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For a man playing for one of the biggest soccer clubs in the globe, Phil Jones appears as though the pressure to perform at the highest level will make his head literally explode. The youngster, who transferred from Blackburn, puts his head and feet in positions that soccer experts did not know was physically possible, putting his body and unusual face in the most dangerous of positions. It might be considered “the beautiful game”, but three entrants into the top 15 ugliest faces made in sports list should put soccer further down the totem pole.

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