Putting up a smile on the pitch of play is something very uncommon with footballers today.
Many take to the pitch with only victory on their mind.
There are others though who just want to have fun irrespective of the outcome of the game.
As part of the World Smile Day, which is celebrated annually on the first Friday of October, we take a look at some of the best footballers with the best smiles.
- Joe Hart
Joe Hart probably has the best smiles among all English players. Even when his Manchester City future became uncertain with new coach, Pep Guardiola, dropping him to the bench, Hart never stopped smiling.
Now playing his football at Torino, the former Birmingham goalkeeper never seizes to thrill the Italian fans with his big grin on his face.
- Santi Cazorla
Arsenal’s little Spanish orchestrator has a smile to light up the Emirates Stadium just as his magical feet often do. He may be lacking in size but he more than makes up for it with his gleaming grin.
Cazorla hasn’t been invited by Julen Lopetegui since he took charge of Spain, but we doubt even that could take the joy out of his day.
He’s just a happy guy.
The former two-time Ballon d’Or winner has and always will play the game as if he had just been sipping some Caipirinhas on the Copacabana the night before.
A showboater he may be, but what a joyful one at that. It would be difficult to find anyone who couldn’t afford to smile when watching Ronaldinho play football and he certainly returned the compliment.
- Ahmed Musa
Maybe this one might not please many Nigerians but Ahmed Musa seem not to bother. Musa is one player who never gets upset even if he misses to score into an empty net. He never lacks a big smile on his face irrespective of the scoreline.
The Leicester City man had no qualms relinquishing his Super Eagles captaincy to Mikel Obi which is something rare especially with modern day footballers. He has since moved on with same big grin on his face.
Ronaldo was one of the most devastating strikers the game has ever seen, scoring 352 goals in club football. Like his Brazilian colleague up above, he was a man who just loved to have the ball at his feet.
A party lifestyle eventually caught up with him but the former Brazilian No.9 will always be remembered for bringing the party to the pitch.