*DISCLAIMER* For the purpose of this slideshow, I have chosen to ban from selection both David Beckham and Diego Maradona because they already transcend the boundaries of simply athletes and are more than pop stars already.
Summer months that aren't populated with a FIFA World Cup tend to be slightly dull affairs, although this year we have already been treated to one of the best tournament finals in recent history at the Gold Cup. News headlines are dominated by the whining of Carlos Tevez, the "will he won't he" of Cesc Fabregas and just who the hell is going to get fired next by Roman Abramovich.
So instead of taking the well-trodden path and speculating which United Kingdom based central-midfielder Liverpool are going to sign next, let's move into the realm of the fantastical. Professional athletes have probably the biggest egos on the planet, second ONLY to pop stars and The Situation from Jersey Shore. Therefore, becoming a pop sensation is the only way a footballer could take that step to the next level.
With this in mind, I present to you the top 10 footballers who would make brilliant pop stars for whatever reason. As always, your comments are appreciated!