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Footballers and fashion don’t always mix well.

Earlier this week, pictures emerged of Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin sporting a new look after the European Championship.

The daring outfit attracted negative comments from some quarters, but others praised the 24-year-old for trying to be a little bit different.

Calvert-Lewin’s get-up is at the tame end of the spectrum when it comes to footballers committing crimes against fashion, an offence for which some stars are guilty as charged.

Daily Star Sport have taken a look back at our five favourite fashion faux pas, starting with an iconic image featuring Manchester United’s great and good from 2005.

Bring on the bootcuts



Manchester United’s stars donned some questionable gear in 2005

After a decade of dominance from 1992 to 2002, United had slipped off their perch in the mid-2000s as the stylish Jose Mourinho hoovered up successive titles with Chelsea.

And it wasn’t just on the pitch that the Red devils were lagging, their fashion game was firmly in the bottom-half of the table too.

Dress head-to-toe in pure 2000s garms, United legends Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney, John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand and Alan Smith looked anything but Premier League stars.

Fans at the time suggested the quintet looked more like a dodgy boyband than professional footballers.

Although they didn’t have the X-Factor in 2005, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side reclaimed the title in 2007.

Messi’s suit

What do you think is the biggest fashion faux pas in our list? Let us know in the comments section.



Lionel Messi might have won the Ballon d'Or, but his suit certainly didn't win any awards
Lionel Messi might have won the Ballon d’Or, but his suit certainly didn’t win any awards

Lionel Messi might be one of the greatest footballers in the world, but his dress sense leaves a lot to be desired.

The Argentine star has worn some truly terrible outfits to the Ballon d’Or ceremony over the years, including this eye-popping effort in 2012.

His polka-dot tux was supposedly in tribute to Diego Maradona, but critics on social media were less than impressed with his fashion choice.

One person wrote: “Just me that thinks Messi’s polka dot suit looked as fashionable as socks and sandals?” Ouch.

Guardiola’s jacket



Pep Guardiola's jacket evoked some strong opinions
Pep Guardiola’s jacket evoked some strong opinions

Pep Guardiola is man known for his sartorial elegance – well, usually at least.

Earlier this year, the fashion conscious coach unleashed a jacket that featured a massive Manchester City logo on the back, much to the consternation of supporters.

One wrote: “Gave Guardiola’s coat high praise – then he turned around and showed the horrendous Man City badge on the back.”

Thankfully, the coat, which is more Conference League than Champions League, hasn’t been seen again since.

Chicken, not chic



Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli turned heads with his chicken hat
Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli turned heads with his chicken hat

It’s almost impossible to put a list like this together and not include oddball striker Mario Balotelli somewhere along the line.

Despite his mishap with a training bib in 2011, it’s the star’s winter woolly hat styled like a chicken’s comb that earns him a place on our fashion faux pas five-a-side team.

Less chic and more chicken, a perplexed City fan commented at the time: “Hats and knitwear are indeed big news this season, but there is no question that this hat is hideous. Then again, let’s be honest, that’s why he’s worn it.”

Never change, Mario.

Calvert-Lewin’s Gucci



Dominic Calvert-Lewin's get-up divided supporters
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s get-up divided supporters

In fairness to Calvert-Lewin, his Gucci number is considered high fashion in some circles and it’s refreshing to see a young footballer not care what supporters might think.

On the other hand, an open-chest white double-breasted blazer is quite a statement coupled with a pair of John Lennon sunglasses.

If the former Sheffield United and Northampton Town striker can keep banging in the goals for Everton next season, Toffees fans won’t much care what he wears.

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