Footballers who have had their teeth fixed, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Roberto Firmino

    MOVE over Paul Merson, Joe Jordan and Craig Burley… footballers in the modern world now want perfect teeth.

    The world’s best players and managers believe teeth hygiene is important, with many now investing thousands of pounds in getting their gnashers whitened and fixed.

     Joe Jordan was happy to play without his front teeth back in the 80s

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    Joe Jordan was happy to play without his front teeth back in the 80sCredit: Getty – Contributor

    After all, with their lives under public scrutiny these sporting giants have made sure they will look their best on and off the pitch.

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Philippe Coutinho are just some who have invested money in their smiles… it’s definitely a marked improvement.

    Cristiano Ronaldo

     While at United first time around Cristiano Ronaldo was in desperate need of a good dentist

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    While at United first time around Cristiano Ronaldo was in desperate need of a good dentistCredit: Reuters

    The United legend always wears a grin these days, and it’s all because he has perfect teeth.

    When he was a teenager at Man Utd, they were slightly wonky, yellow and it’s fair to say his smile was gummy.

     Since becoming a global icon Cristiano Ronaldo has completely reinvented his teeth

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    Since becoming a global icon Cristiano Ronaldo has completely reinvented his teethCredit: AFP or licensors

    But after a few good years of solid wages earned at the Red Devils and Real Madrid, he wore a brace, had corrective surgery, whitened them up and now looks the superstar he is.

    Gareth Bale

     Before he was a global superstar Gareth Bale had yellow teeth

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    Before he was a global superstar Gareth Bale had yellow teethCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

    Like Ronaldo, Gareth knew he had to invest in his looks to be recognised as one of the world’s leading talents.

    Once a pale teenage prodigy, he slapped on some fake tan. But it was his teeth that he really went to town on.

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     As a Real Madrid star Gareth Bale improved his looks no end

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    As a Real Madrid star Gareth Bale improved his looks no endCredit: AFP or licensors

    Once neglected, they’re now pearly white and went nicely with the white of Real Madrid and Tottenham’s jerseys.

    Philippe Coutinho

     Philippe Coutinho wanted to get his teeth fixed

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    Philippe Coutinho wanted to get his teeth fixedCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, it would be easy for any Brazilian kid to have poor teeth without proper access to a good dentist.

    So, as soon as Philippe hit the big time, he got his teeth whitened and he regularly beams his gnashers towards journalists in press conferences and on social media.

     Philippe Coutinho has teeth as dazzling as his play

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    Philippe Coutinho has teeth as dazzling as his play

    The Brazilian playmaker doesn’t look out of place among the Premier League’s elite, and soon Prem fans can see them up close and personal when he is in action for Aston Villa.

    Brendan Rodgers

     Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers teeth were in a frightful state when he first arrived at Liverpool

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    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers teeth were in a frightful state when he first arrived at LiverpoolCredit: Action Images – Reuters

    Even managers aren’t immune to a little vanity here and there.

    Step-forward Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, who has perfectly white teeth now he’s managed some top clubs.

    In his earlier press conferences, the Northern Irishman flashed a rotten smile that had us reaching for some floss.

     Brendan Rodgers is now in the Champions League when it comes to dental hygiene

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    Brendan Rodgers is now in the Champions League when it comes to dental hygieneCredit: Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow

    However, in recent years Brendan’s teeth are as impressive as Leicester’s 4-0 win against Nottingham Forest on Monday – absolutely sparkling.

    Ronaldinho

     Ronaldinho was defined by his buck teeth look

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    Ronaldinho was defined by his buck teeth lookCredit: Empics

    The former world’s best player was a bit slow on the up-take when it came to visiting the dentist.

    Throughout his playing days, Ronaldinho’s buck teeth were infamous not just because they stuck out, but also because they were yellower than the sun.

     Ronaldinho now has even more reason to smile with whiter teeth

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    Ronaldinho now has even more reason to smile with whiter teethCredit: Alamy Live News

    Now, Ron has more to smile about, not that he didn’t wear a smile on the pitch whenever he played.

    Wonder if he regrets not getting them done sooner?

    Gary Lineker

     Gary Lineker urgently needed to whiten his yellow teeth

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    Gary Lineker urgently needed to whiten his yellow teethCredit: Reuters

    The former Spurs and England legend didn’t have bad teeth during his playing days. However, they did need a good polish.

    Lineker now sports a proud set of sparkly whites presenting Match of the Day.

     Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker reportedly spends £500 whitening his gnashers

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    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker reportedly spends £500 whitening his gnashersCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    The TV personality reportedly pays around £500 to get his teeth whitened by a top Harley Street dentist. The results are really remarkable.

    Roberto Firmino

     Roberto Firmino arrived in England with bad teeth

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    Roberto Firmino arrived in England with bad teethCredit: PA:Press Association

    It looks like Firmino shares the same dentist as his former team-mate Coutinho, if comparable snaps of the Brazilian are evidence enough.

    The hotshot forward has been a shining light for Liverpool since arriving on our shores and his teeth aren’t dull either.

     Now Roberto Firmino has the brightest teeth ever seen on a footballer

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    Now Roberto Firmino has the brightest teeth ever seen on a footballerCredit: Prime Media

    In fact, they might just be the brightest teeth known to humankind, and we’ve seen them brightening up stadiums around the Premier League this year.

    Judging by photos of when Firmino first arrived on our shores, he’s had them whitened and had some of the chips filled in too.

     Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino show off their pearly whites

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    Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino show off their pearly whitesCredit: Instagram, @roberto_firmino

    Jurgen Klopp

     Jurgen Klopp's teeth needed whitening

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    Jurgen Klopp’s teeth needed whiteningCredit: Mark Robinson – The Sun

    There really is something in the water at Anfield…

    His football teams are dazzling, but his teeth certainly needed a good clean.

    So, it was no surprise that Klopp had decided enough was enough, out with the decay and in with a set of new teeth.

     Now Jurgen Klopp just loves to show off his new smile

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    Now Jurgen Klopp just loves to show off his new smileCredit: Reuters

    Klopp’s pearly whites have been proudly on display all season and are far less dull than his moans about fixture congestion.

    Not only are they whitened, it looks like he’s had veneers fitted.

    Then there’s Jose, the dentist whisperer…

     Jose Mourinho believes perfect teeth make for perfect performance

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    Jose Mourinho believes perfect teeth make for perfect performanceCredit: PA:Press Association

    Roma boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly a stickler for dental hygiene and insists his squads get checked by a dentist.

    When the Portuguese manager first arrived at Old Trafford, he reportedly insisted the whole squad went for a check-up.

     Jose Mourinho got a dentist to check his old Man United team's teeth

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    Jose Mourinho got a dentist to check his old Man United team’s teethCredit: –

    He was said to have done the same at Chelsea, because he believes that having better teeth improves performance.

    While there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that, the British Journal of Sports Medicine claimed that the dental health of footballers is ‘poor and affects performance’ in a recent study.

     Jose Mourinho has had great success with a team that has perfect teeth

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    Jose Mourinho has had great success with a team that has perfect teethCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

    And who are we to argue with ‘The Special One’ who has won many titles over the years for various clubs.

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