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Footballers Who Have Had A Career In Music

Soubhik Ray
ANALYST
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Here's a look at footballers who have had a career in music. Sometimes just being a hero on the pitch is not enough, and thus footballers have tried donning the musician's hat. Many footballers over the years have flirted with singing, but most of the time with hilarious results. This list features 10 players, who definitely aren't of any threat to Bono or Mick Jagger, but atleast have had a shot at crooning for their fans. Have a look:

#10 Johan Cryuff (Oei, Oei, Oei Dat Was Me Weer Een Loei)

The Dutch wizard has released just a solitary effort in singing. Titled ' Oei, Oei, Oei Dat Was Me Weer Een Loei' is a Dutch pop song that was released in 1969. Though this three-time Ballon d'Or may have dazzled on the pitch, you better turn the stereo off when his singing efforts start.

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#9 Franz Beckenbauer (Gute Freunde Kann Niemand Trennen)

Widely known as the man who delivered two World Cup trophies to the Germans, one as captain of the 1974 side, and the other as manager in 1990. But Kaiser also has had shots at the German pop charts. In 1966 he released his first single Gute Freunde Kann Niemand Trennen, which charted at 31 in Germany. Not the best performer in the music studio, the former great is worth listening to, only if you're a German maybe.

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#8 Kevin Keegan (Head Over Heels in Love)

The Liverpool legend makes quite an attempt onstage with the microphone. The former England forward puts together everything required in the 1980's music scene - hair, dance moves and flashy outfit, he has it all.

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#7 Ruud Gullit (Not The Dancing Kind)

Gullit was a part of the iconic 'Total Football'-practising Dutch team that won the 1988 Euros. But his adaptibility on the pitch doesn't translate onto his singing career. The former Chelsea and AC Milan player doesn't quite catch your attention with the microphone.

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#6 Ian Wright (Do The Right Thing)

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The Arsenal legend here puts on his funky dance shoes to tell the listeners about doing the right thing. This 90's dance anthem has the Englishman displaying moves he wouldn't even have thought of trying at Highbury. The song charted at number 43 in UK, and Wright did the right thing by never singing again.

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#5 Glen Hoddle and Chris Waddle (Diamond Lights)

Former Tottenham Hotspur teammates Glen Hoddle and Chris Waddle teamed up even off the pitch. The duo in 1987 came out with their track 'Diamond Lights'. Tagged as 'Glen and Chris' their track went on to reach number 12 on the UK Singles charts. Though a hit on the charts, the duo have been ridiculed for their performance of it at the hit British TV show 'Top of the Pops'. 

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#4 Paul Gascoigne (Fog on the Tyne)

Alcohol abuse brought an early end to probaly one of England's finest talents, Paul Gascoigne's career. The England midfielder was at his finest at the 1990 World Cup, as he and Gary Lineker carried England till the semis. But the former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder was adored amongst English fans. Gazza's experiments with singing saw him climb number 2 in the UK Top 40 music charts. The Englishman did a cover of British folk-rock band Lindisfarne's song 'Fog on the Tyne' in 1990 along with the band. Though the lyrics make not much of a sense, it's nice to watch Gazza as the fun-loving jovial character that he used to be. 

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#3 John Barnes (World In Motion)

Former Liverpool and England winger Barnes features in the New Order track 'World In Motion'. The song by the British post-punk band was produced for the England football team at the 1990 World Cup. Barnes does a solo rap stint in the song and makes a good effort at it. Barnes was selected for the rap part after beating teammates Paul Gascoigne, Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley in a rap competition. The track peaked at top of the UK Singles chart, the only New Order song to do so.

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#2 Andy Cole (Outstanding)

For most of us Andy Cole is best remembered as the second highest goalscorer in Premier League history. The former Manchester United striker set the English league on fire with his exploits for the Red Devils. But outside Old Trafford, the Englishman transformed into a rapper. Luckily for Jay Z, after 'Outstanding' released in 1999, Cole never ventured into rapping again.

"United forever, whatever the weather

Less than 100%? Never!

The son of a miner, funkiest rhymer

Always in the news, my crew's the headliner

£7.5 mill record breaker, I’m rapping on the mic, I'm a record maker."

Cole here brags about his British transfer record breaking move from Newcastle to Manchester United. Though not quite the best in penning rap lyrics, Cole uses catchy beats along with the swagger of a rapper to make it work.

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#1 Clint Dempsey (Don\'t Tread)

When not scoring goals or leading the US team on the pitch, Clint Dempsey is better known as Deuce. That's the name he dons while setting the music charts on fire with his rapper buddies. The 31-year-old former Tottenham and Fulham player has announced details about releasing a rap album after the on-going 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He has spent two weeks before the tournament working on his album, which will be titled 'The Redux'. The Texas man is not new to rapping, as he has previously released a track before the 2006 World Cup titled 'Don't Tread'. He had teamed up with Texas rappers XO and Big Hawk for that song, which was made as a Nike soccer advert. Dempsey's skills on the mic are definitely not to be sniffed at. The American does a good job of penning a song and rapping about his working class roots in 'Don't Tread'.

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