Top five best beards in football - Everton and Middlesbrough players feature

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Who has the best beard in football? Here are five potentials.

Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci has caught the eye recently. He has scored two goals in as many games for the club but on top of that the Italian gas grown a wonderful mane of hair across his jaw-line that has become a big hit with Leeds fans.

But who has grown the best beard in football?

Here are five options including current Everton, Middlesbrough and Juventus players.

Tim Howard

The American goalie most wonder why the hair follicles on the top of his head don't grow as fast as those on his face.

But he makes up for his cranial mishaps by growing this fuzz on a regular basis.

Matthias Holst

The German is perhaps better known for his hipster growth more than his footballing ability.

The former Hansa Rostock player is currently a free agent and we can only imagine he is probably running a bike cafe in Leipzig.

Adam Clayton

The current Middlesbrough player grew an impressive chin accessory when he was at Huddersfield Town.

It was great, but it became outstanding when he dyed it blue-and-white for charity.

Andrea Pirlo

Growing out a messy face of random hair is easy. It just takes time, patience and a certain genetic make-up.

But to keep a beard. To sculpt a beard. To maintain this landscape upon your face takes dedication and style.

Many are good at this. David Beckham, Antonio Nocerino, Xabi Alonso to name a few.

But, as with so many things, nobody does it better than Pirlo.

Roy Keane

The former Manchester United midfielder grew this multicoloured Arctic number whilst assistant at Aston Villa.

The grey growth truly fitted the personality of the gritty Irishman.

Honourable mentions to Alexi Lalas, Danny Fox, Djibril Cisse, Socrates and David Prutton's sideburns!

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