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Nottingham Forest defender, Danny Fox, has dyed his beard orange in order to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis.

Top Corner has come up with a top ten of bearded footballers, past and present, whose beards would give Father Christmas' a run for its money and had a look at how they would look all Santa'd up.

 10. Alex Song

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Not sure what the former Arsenal midfielder was thinking here or if in fact, he was thinking at all! Maybe he knew the Gunners were going to lose to Birmingham City in the League Cup final and wanted to take some of the attention away from that! Song is now on loan at West Ham from Barcelona and faces his former side, Arsenal, over the Christmas period.

9. Djibril Cissé


Other than the beard, Cissé's QPR highlight was most probably scoring his side's equalising goal in a famous 3-2 victory against his former side, Liverpool, at Loftus Road back in March 2012. The Frenchman now applies his trade for Bastia in Ligue 1 but is due to retire at the end of the season thanks to a hip injury. 

8. Abel Xavier


The former Portugal international is well known to both the blue and red halves of Merseyside, as were his beards. The defender also had a spell at Middlesbrough before joining David Beckham at LA Galaxy and finishing his playing career in 2008.

7. Olof Mellberg


Mellberg enjoyed seven years in English football before leaving Aston Villa for Italian giants, Juventus. Spells in Greece, Spain then Denmark followed before the Swede brought an end to his career at the age of thirty-six. Many believe that Mellberg's full-potential was never reached as a footballer but nothing could ever be taken away from his 'beard-growing skills'.

6. Roy Keane

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One of the toughest midfielders ever to have graced the Premier League, the former Manchester United captain could have made himself look even tougher if he had grown this beard during his playing days!

5. Tim Howard

Tim Howard Santa

Probably the best beard in the Premier League at the moment. Take a bow, Tim Howard. The USA 'keeper may look as though he has his head on upside down but Everton fans will be hoping it's not only the cold he'll be keeping out over Christmas, with tricky games against Stoke, Newcastle and Hull.

4. Raul Meireles


Another bearded warrior to have ties to Merseyside. The Portuguese midfielder left the Reds after a year at the club and headed to London with Chelsea where he earned a Champions League winners medal. Meireles (with beard) can now be found in Istanbul, Turkey, where he plays for champions Fenerbahçe.

3. Adam Clayton

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Now of Middlesbrough, Adam Clayton grew this beauty while playing for Huddersfield Town last season. In doing so, the midfielder managed to raise more than £3,000 for charity. Well played.

2. Davide Moscardelli

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The Belgium-born Italian striker's facial hair is so impressive that there are a number of dedicated pages on social media fully-dedicated to the beard and it is easy to see why! If anyone's interested, Moscardelli plays for US Lecce in the Italian Lega Pro.

1. Matthias Holst

Mattias Holst Santa

A clear winner. Who? Holst is a German footballer who is pretty much an unknown but with a beard like this, it is hard to understand how! The centre back is currently a free agent but if he plays like he grows a beard then it won't be too long before he finds a club.

If you would like to dontate to the Cystic Fibrosis trust, you can do so by following this link: https://cysticfibrosis.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-donate/online-donation

Here's Danny Fox and his orange beard to give you a prod in that direction:

Danny Fox with Orange Beard


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