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From Beckham to Maldini, the footy legends who have managed to keep incredible body physiques after retiring


AFTER decades of training hard and watching what they eat – and drink – it must be tempting for footballers to hit McDonald’s and the off licence after hanging their boots.

But this lot have proven it is possible to avoid the temptation of making up for lost time at the takeaway.

David Beckham still looks in elite shape despite retiring nearly a decade ago

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David Beckham still looks in elite shape despite retiring nearly a decade agoCredit: Splash News
Beckham looks as good now as he did in his heyday

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Beckham looks as good now as he did in his heydayCredit: PA:Empics Sport

From David Beckham to Paolo Maldini, check out the former football stars who maintained their elite physiques when their career was long-gone…

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DAVID BECKHAM

BELIEVE it or not, Golden Balls retired from football with his swansong spell at Paris Saint-Germain SEVEN years ago.

Despite that, Becks, 46, has kept a footballer’s frame.

Now owner of MLS side Inter Miami and a part-owner of Salford City alongside his Class of 92 pals, Beckham is still very much involved in football.

Beckham is still a very marketable name too, regularly popping up in adverts an even movies, including a role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in 2015.

PAOLO MALDINI

Paolo Maldini shirtless at the beach in Miami

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Paolo Maldini shirtless at the beach in MiamiCredit: Splash News
Maldini arguably looks stronger now than he did as a player

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Maldini arguably looks stronger now than he did as a playerCredit: Getty – Contributor

NOW aged 52, Maldini is still in tip-top shape.

The AC Milan legend spent his whole career at the San Siro and is arguably the best defender of all time.

But despite retiring in 2009, Maldini has kept fit by turning his hand to professional tennis, competing at the Aspria Tennis Cup in Milan in 2017.

Maldini is now back at AC Milan, working as technical director.

RIO FERDINAND

Rio Ferdinand looks stronger than ever despite retiring five years ago

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Rio Ferdinand looks stronger than ever despite retiring five years agoCredit: Instagram
Rio Ferdinand has certainly bulked up since his playing days ended

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Rio Ferdinand has certainly bulked up since his playing days endedCredit: Getty – Contributor

THE Manchester United and England legend hung up his boots in 2015 and has remained fighting fit ever since.

In fact, Ferdinand was linked with a career in boxing at one stage, before pulling the plug after failing to obtain a licence.

Now most often seen as a pundit, Ferdinand is still in elite shape – and would prove more than a handful for most strikers.

GARY LINEKER

Gary Lineker has still kept his shape despite approaching 60

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Gary Lineker has still kept his shape despite approaching 60Credit: Splash News
Lineker looks as good now as he did at Italia 90

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Lineker looks as good now as he did at Italia 90Credit: Getty Images – Getty

HE may be well-known for his “other career” selling Walker’s crisps, but it would seem Lineker stays clear of the spuds.

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The Match of the Day host looks in fine shape aged 60.

Lineker is regularly spotted hitting the beach in just his swim-shorts, looking as fit as he did in his 20s.

ROBERTO MANCINI

Roberto Mancini looks as slim and suave as ever now aged 55

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Roberto Mancini looks as slim and suave as ever now aged 55Credit: Splash News
Roberto Mancini appears to have only got better with age

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Roberto Mancini appears to have only got better with ageCredit: PA:Empics Sport

ANOTHER regularly spotted soaking up the sun is Italy boss Mancini.

At the age of 56, Mancini is still in remarkable shape.

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And to think he hung up his boots nearly 20 years ago…

ZINEDINE ZIDANE

Zinedine Zidane is still lean as ever, despite retiring 14 years ago

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Zinedine Zidane is still lean as ever, despite retiring 14 years ago
Zidane looks as in shape as he was as a player

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Zidane looks as in shape as he was as a playerCredit: AFP

THE ex-Real Madrid boss could still probably get a game for Los Blancos now aged 48.

Zidane quit the game after his infamous headbutt in the 2006 World Cup final.

But since then he’s forged a career as one of the world’s top bosses – and clearly does his cardio along with the squad.

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FRANCESCO TOTTI

Francesco Totti still looks lean and mean having retired

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Francesco Totti still looks lean and mean having retiredCredit: Instagram / @francescototti
Francesco Totti is in as good shape as he was when he was a player at Roma

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Francesco Totti is in as good shape as he was when he was a player at RomaCredit: AFP or licensors

INREDIBLY, Totti spent 25 years in the Roma first-team squad.

After hanging up his boots in 2017, you couldn’t blame Totti for taking it easy and enjoying the incredible food Rome has to offer.

But instead, the 44-year-old still looks in incredible shape.

ANDREA PIRLO

Andrea Pirlo still looks as cool as ever now aged 42

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Andrea Pirlo still looks as cool as ever now aged 42Credit: Splash News
Andrea Pirlo looks to be in good shape even having hung up his boots

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Andrea Pirlo looks to be in good shape even having hung up his bootsCredit: Getty

THE coolest man in football may no longer play, but he’s still uber-cool.

The Italian ace never relied on his physicality on the pitch, but he still looks in fine shape.

Aged 42, Pirlo is working towards earnings his Uefa Pro Licence coaching badges – and can still easily rock that beach look.

ANTONIO CONTE

Antonio Conte is still happy to channel his inner-Daniel Craig aged 51

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Antonio Conte is still happy to channel his inner-Daniel Craig aged 51Credit: Xposure
Antonio Conte's hair has certainly improved since giving up football

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Antonio Conte’s hair has certainly improved since giving up footballCredit: Getty Images – Getty

MUCH like Mancini, Conte couldn’t resist stripping down to his Speedos while Italy boss.

In 2015, Conte was spotted emerging from the sea like Daniel Craig in his first James Bond run-out, Casino Royale.

Now in charge of Inter Milan via Chelsea, Conte looks fighting fit at the age of 51 – and with a thicker head of hair, to boot.

GRAEME SOUNESS

Graeme Souness still appears to be in great shape at age 68

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Graeme Souness still appears to be in great shape at age 68Credit: The Mega Agency
Souness was a fiery midfielder during his playing days at Liverpool

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Souness was a fiery midfielder during his playing days at LiverpoolCredit: PA:Empics Sport

THE Sky Sports pundit is regularly in the news – mainly for lashing out at Paul Pogba, if the Twitter warriors are to be believed.

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But aged 68, the former Liverpool star looks in remarkable shape.

Souness has managed to keep away the gut so many develop after their playing career… and he quit nearly 30 years ago.

ROBBIE SAVAGE

Robbie Savage is still in good shape despite working as a pundit these days

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Robbie Savage is still in good shape despite working as a pundit these daysCredit: The Mega Agency
Robbie Savage was another fiery on-field character during his playing days

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Robbie Savage was another fiery on-field character during his playing daysCredit: PA:Press Association

HAVING officially retired in 2011, Savage still looks in top shape aged 46.

But, Savage did dust off the boots earlier this season to play for Stockport Town.

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Savage is best-known these days for his broadcastings gigs for BT Sport and the BBC.





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  1. IR

    January 5, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Great to see this, but from the galactic real Madrid you did forget Luís Figo. The man have an incredible body even in our days better than Zidane or even Beckham

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