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Friday 26 December 2014

Disco pants Cristiano Ronaldo and sports greatest fashion fiascos

Ronaldo's jumper

Ronaldo's jumper
Some might say that Ronaldo's style has improved. He's pictured here with Sir Alex Ferguson on signing for Manchester United in 2003

David Sullivan
The West Ham United owner was presumably making an attempt to sport the colours of his new team, but ended up looking more like a dodgy nightclub owner

Carson Yeung
The fur coat worn by the billionaire at Anfield has led to comparisons with Chewbacca from Star Wars

David Beckham
Golden Balls has become something of a fashion icon, he even has his own brand, but some of his early stylings (apparently picked out for him by his wife) were more Macclesfield than Milan

John Barnes' suits
The former Liverpool hero never fails to dazzle whenever he's called upon to do some television work. His suit and tie collection is unrivalled

Ronaldo's shorts
Ronaldo has something of a liking for rather short shorts; And it extends beyond the football field. He was pictured on holiday in LA sporting a metallic pair of 'disco-pants' last summer

Diego Maradona
It's quite possible that Ronaldo styled himself on a certain Argentinean

Alves 'snood'
Daniel Alves sported the 'snood' at the Confederations Cup this summer. Maybe leave it on the catwalk next time

Edgar Davids' glasses
The Dutchman needed to wear glasses to protect his eyes after surgery, but his decision to wear the most garish 'goggles' possible has left him open to allegations of crimes against fashion

Headphones
Footballers are regularly pictured getting off the team bus before a match wearing the most ridiculous of headphones (presumably listening to a little 50 Cent). French international Dibril Cisse is a fan of the oversized look

Hull 'tiger' strip
Football kits were supposed to be banned from this list of fashion disasters, but Hull's strip from 1992 couldn't go without a mention

The eighties
Big jewellery and even bigger hair. As Kevin Keegan demonstrates here, footballers were great ambassadors for 'style' in the eighties

Cesc Fabregas' jacket
Nothing really wrong with Cesc's style here, but it gets onto the list thanks to Hull's anger over his choice of attire. Phil Brown's Hull side accused the Arsenal captain of spitting, and in their report to the FA, made numerous reference to his choice of clothing - suggesting it was completely inappropriate for a captain to be wearing such things. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger joked that if the player had been wearing "black tie" he might not have got in such trouble

Rio Ferdinand
How the England and Manchester United defender has escaped the attention of Gok Wan for all these years is a mystery

Colourful football boots
Exactly who started the trend of garish football boots is disputed, but whoever it was, they have a lot to answer for...

Carlos Tevez's hats
The Argentinean striker is rarely seen without some form of headgear

Gloves
It took the influx of foreign players in the Premier League to start this particular trend. English players had avoided them for years, thinking it'd make them look like sissys. They're now a common sight - unfortunately it makes whoever's wearing them look like a sissy

Liverpool's cream FA cup suits
It's something of a tradition to get suited and booted ahead of the FA Cup final, but Liverpool took it to the extreme in their matching cream outfits for the 1996 final. Pictured is Stig Inge Bjornby modelling the suit (complete with super-cool shades)

Jorge Campos' kit
As already stated, actual kits aren't allowed on this list, but Mexico keeper Jorge Campos gets on due to the fact he designed his own strip. He was presumably a fan of the shell suit

Men in tights
Leicester legend Keith Weller started this trend when he wore a pair of his wife's tights for an FA Cup tie in the 70s. It's a trend that has continued to this day, with the likes of Pascal Chimbonda still plumping for the look

John Motson's sheepskin
There's only one thing Motty likes more than stats and that's the famous sheepskin coat

Phil Brown
The tan was bad, the goatee was plain awful but when the Hull manager went for the leather jacket look, it was a step too far

Sven's stacked shoes
Turns out former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson wears stacked shoes. On taking the job at Notts County, local shop Shuropody said they would be only too willing to help: "He can come to us," said manager Barbara Woodliffe. "If his shoes are deep enough, we could make him a special insole to add height."

The alice band
Sported by the likes of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Torres, if a player needs an alice band, it's time they got a hair cut

As Real Madrid and former Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in Belfast for Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier clash with Portugal, we take a look at some of football's most memorable fashion disasters.

From mullets and chunky jewellery in the eighties to hair bands and pink boots in the present-day; footballers have always had an unusually poor senses of fashion but - what on earth were they thinking?

And it's not just the players who are at fault. Who could forget Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung's 'Chewbacca' fur coat or John Motson's sheepskin coat.

As Real Madrid and former Manchester United superstar Ronaldo arrives in Belfast for Nothern Ireland's World Cup qualifier clash with Portugal , we take a look at some of football's most memorable fashion disasters.

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