Cristiano Ronaldo has gone viral – not for a stunning solo goal / posing in his underpants, but for flogging a Japanese facial exercise product.
Pretty odd, sure, but there's a long and illustrious history of footballers selling weird stuff to supplement their scandalously low wages.
Presenting: 10 of the very worst.
1 | Football is thirsty work. But instead of oranges, or indeed isotonic energy drinks, Manchester United reach for the tomato juice.
2 | When he’s not slurping Virgin Marys, Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa is getting heckled by a beluga whale and a dog.
3 | Twenty goals in three seasons doesn’t sound like a good return for £50m, but then have you tried Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’s cupcakes?
4 | This genuinely amusing Uruguayan advert has prodigal son Luis Suarez dismissing Arsenal’s advances and returning home. To an office.
5 | When it comes to bringing home the bacon, punditry isn’t the only means at Peter Schmeichel’s disposal.
6 | If you had to pick a moment where it all went finger-lickin’ bad for Blackburn Rovers, it would probably be this.
7 | Portugal’s golden generation may have failed to deliver the goods, but at least there isn’t a silver hair on Luís Figo’s head. X
8 | How we wish Jimmy Bullard just washed and went.
9 | Manchester United’s other beverage of choice has a subtle oaky taste. Much like Wayne Rooney’s acting.
10 | And finally, a T-Mobile advert featuring performing monkey Peter Crouch.