They say it is a case of the good, the bad and the downright ugly. But appearances can certainly be deceptive at times especially on the field of play. After all, today's modern footballers are surrounded by swarms of agents who want nothing but the best for their client. This includes a number of different endorsements as well as sponsorship deals endorsing their man.
Money talks and the impact of advertising can do wonders to a footballers mug. Take for example David Beckham who has used his notoriety not to mention his face to achieve maximum impact. Not only has Becks been the star of a host of ad campaigns for leading brands such as D&G but he has gone on to model for the likes of H&M. In addition, he has even launched his own whisky brand thanks to Brand Beckham. One cannot deny the significance of having an attractive demure in order to clinch those all important lucrative deals. As a footballer's career is so short, this is even more essential as he really has to work hard on and off the pitch to earn as much money as possible.
Another successful former professional who ticked all the right boxes in terms of looks was David James. The former West Ham United, Liverpool and Aston Villa shot stopper was literally a player in his day. He was signed up to Dolce and Gabbana in order to front a few campaigns. On the other hand there are those individuals who have not been so fortunate when it comes to the handsome stakes. Through no fault of their own, they have not been blessed in the looks department and may wait an eternity for a modelling contract to drop through the mail. Whether they have been lambasted for their hair style or something else here is the rundown of the top 10 ugliest premier league players of all time.
17 15. Neville Southall
The Welsh keeper made 578 appearances for Everton. There's no doubt Neville Southall was one of the best of his generation, but where he was blessed in his ability didn't translate to the looks department. Perhaps his appearance could have been salvaged with a different haircut, or perhaps a neatly trimmed beard rather than a mustache. Since retiring Southall has had a few stints in coaching at different levels.
16 14. David Hopkin
The Scotsman spent most of his career at Crystal Palace and Leeds United. He is currently an assistant head coach at Livingston. Something about his appearance just never seems quite right, whether it's his haircut, his ears or some facial expressions he makes.
Hopkin didn't make all that many appearances for his country, but he did manage two goals in his seven caps.
14 13. Steve Bruce
The current manager at Hull City was also quite the player in his day. Bruce made over 300 appearances for Manchester United, a feat not many could claim. But he wasn't a looker then, and he's not one now.
Steve Bruce also spent some significant time with Gillingham, making over 200 appearances for the club and bounced around a little after his Man U days, going to Birmingham City and Sheffield United.
13 12. Jimmy Bullard
Jimmy Bullard is living proof that long locks of blonde hair are no guarantee for good looks, despite what fairy tales may have conveyed. The former Wigan Athletic midfielder has actually made some television appearances since retiring from the EPL. This past November, he was a contestant in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Outta' Here! Not many would think he has the looks suited for TV, but there he was.
12 11. Phil Jones
Phil Jones might have been able to avoid this list had he kept a straight face in his games, but he has provided us with some hideous contortions. Jones has given Manchester United some splendid play on the pitch, but he clearly wasn't signed for his looks. Jones has made 89 appearances for the Red Devils and has 14 caps to his name for the national team. In any event, Jones isn't paid for his looks and he shines in what he is paid to do.
10 10. Carlos Tevez
9 9. Martin Keown
8 8. Wayne Rooney
7 7. Gervinho
6 6. Gareth Bale
5 5. Francis Jeffers
4 4. Dirk Kuyt
3 3. Peter Beardsley
2 2. Luke Chadwick
1 1. Iain Dowie
Ex-Southampton player Iain Dowie takes top spot and is known for his often bemused look. Whilst in the Premier League, Dowie managed to pull on the shirt for clubs including West Ham United and Crystal Palace. He also dabbled in management with spells at Palace, whilst at Charlton Athletic, Dowie was involved in a disastrous campaign and they parted company after just fifteen games in charge. He now plies his trade on the media side as a television pundit.
Wow, didn't any producer tell him he had a better face for radio?
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