MOVE over Paul Merson, Joe Jordan and Craig Burley… footballers in the modern world now want perfect teeth.
The world’s best players and managers believe teeth hygiene is important, with many now investing thousands of pounds in getting their gnashers whitened and fixed.
Joe Jordan was happy to play without his front teeth back in the 80sCredit: Getty – Contributor
After all, with their lives under public scrutiny these sporting giants have made sure they will look their best on and off the pitch.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Philippe Coutinho are just some who have invested money in their smiles… it’s definitely a marked improvement.
While at United first time around Cristiano Ronaldo was in desperate need of a good dentistCredit: Reuters
The United legend always wears a grin these days, and it’s all because he has perfect teeth.
When he was a teenager at Man Utd, they were slightly wonky, yellow and it’s fair to say his smile was gummy.
Since becoming a global icon Cristiano Ronaldo has completely reinvented his teethCredit: AFP or licensors
But after a few good years of solid wages earned at the Red Devils and Real Madrid, he wore a brace, had corrective surgery, whitened them up and now looks the superstar he is.
Before he was a global superstar Gareth Bale had yellow teethCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
Like Ronaldo, Gareth knew he had to invest in his looks to be recognised as one of the world’s leading talents.
Once a pale teenage prodigy, he slapped on some fake tan. But it was his teeth that he really went to town on.
As a Real Madrid star Gareth Bale improved his looks no endCredit: AFP or licensors
Once neglected, they’re now pearly white and went nicely with the white of Real Madrid and Tottenham’s jerseys.
Philippe Coutinho wanted to get his teeth fixedCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, it would be easy for any Brazilian kid to have poor teeth without proper access to a good dentist.
So, as soon as Philippe hit the big time, he got his teeth whitened and he regularly beams his gnashers towards journalists in press conferences and on social media.
Philippe Coutinho has teeth as dazzling as his play
The Brazilian playmaker doesn’t look out of place among the Premier League’s elite, and soon Prem fans can see them up close and personal when he is in action for Aston Villa.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers teeth were in a frightful state when he first arrived at LiverpoolCredit: Action Images – Reuters
Even managers aren’t immune to a little vanity here and there.
Step-forward Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, who has perfectly white teeth now he’s managed some top clubs.
In his earlier press conferences, the Northern Irishman flashed a rotten smile that had us reaching for some floss.
Brendan Rodgers is now in the Champions League when it comes to dental hygieneCredit: Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow
However, in recent years Brendan’s teeth are as impressive as Leicester’s 4-0 win against Nottingham Forest on Monday – absolutely sparkling.
Ronaldinho was defined by his buck teeth lookCredit: Empics
The former world’s best player was a bit slow on the up-take when it came to visiting the dentist.
Throughout his playing days, Ronaldinho’s buck teeth were infamous not just because they stuck out, but also because they were yellower than the sun.
Ronaldinho now has even more reason to smile with whiter teethCredit: Alamy Live News
Now, Ron has more to smile about, not that he didn’t wear a smile on the pitch whenever he played.
Wonder if he regrets not getting them done sooner?
Gary Lineker urgently needed to whiten his yellow teethCredit: Reuters
The former Spurs and England legend didn’t have bad teeth during his playing days. However, they did need a good polish.
Lineker now sports a proud set of sparkly whites presenting Match of the Day.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker reportedly spends £500 whitening his gnashersCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The TV personality reportedly pays around £500 to get his teeth whitened by a top Harley Street dentist. The results are really remarkable.
Roberto Firmino arrived in England with bad teethCredit: PA:Press Association
It looks like Firmino shares the same dentist as his former team-mate Coutinho, if comparable snaps of the Brazilian are evidence enough.
The hotshot forward has been a shining light for Liverpool since arriving on our shores and his teeth aren’t dull either.
Now Roberto Firmino has the brightest teeth ever seen on a footballerCredit: Prime Media
In fact, they might just be the brightest teeth known to humankind, and we’ve seen them brightening up stadiums around the Premier League this year.
Judging by photos of when Firmino first arrived on our shores, he’s had them whitened and had some of the chips filled in too.
Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino show off their pearly whitesCredit: Instagram, @roberto_firmino
Jurgen Klopp’s teeth needed whiteningCredit: Mark Robinson – The Sun
There really is something in the water at Anfield…
His football teams are dazzling, but his teeth certainly needed a good clean.
So, it was no surprise that Klopp had decided enough was enough, out with the decay and in with a set of new teeth.
Now Jurgen Klopp just loves to show off his new smileCredit: Reuters
Klopp’s pearly whites have been proudly on display all season and are far less dull than his moans about fixture congestion.
Not only are they whitened, it looks like he’s had veneers fitted.
Then there’s Jose, the dentist whisperer…
Jose Mourinho believes perfect teeth make for perfect performanceCredit: PA:Press Association
Roma boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly a stickler for dental hygiene and insists his squads get checked by a dentist.
When the Portuguese manager first arrived at Old Trafford, he reportedly insisted the whole squad went for a check-up.
Jose Mourinho got a dentist to check his old Man United team’s teethCredit: –
He was said to have done the same at Chelsea, because he believes that having better teeth improves performance.
While there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that, the British Journal of Sports Medicine claimed that the dental health of footballers is ‘poor and affects performance’ in a recent study.
Jose Mourinho has had great success with a team that has perfect teethCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
And who are we to argue with ‘The Special One’ who has won many titles over the years for various clubs.
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