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The very best football themed defecating Christmas figurines

Brooks Peck
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Caganers have been a Catalan holiday tradition since the 18th century. The small figurines, which are hidden in Christmas nativity scenes, depict a squatting person — originally a peasant but now expanded to include celebrities and other notable people and characters — with their rear end exposed and feces on the ground behind them (caganer translates to "s****er").

Prominent figures in football have been getting the caganer treatment for years now. These are the very best.

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Neymar was a natural choice for a caganer as a new member of Barcelona and with the World Cup less than a year away, the tournament's official mascot, Fuleco the armadillo, gets the treatment as well. His poop is yellow, which doesn't seem healthy.

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Barcelona defender Carles Puyol gives a peace sign while doing his business.

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Shakira and her baby daddy Gerard Pique. Fun fact: Shakira always holds a microphone and grabs the back of her head when she uses the bathroom.

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Real Madrid managers new and old: Carlo Ancelotti and (what is supposed to be) Jose Mourinho. Seriously. That's supposed to be Jose Mourinho.

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Barcelona's new manager Tata Martino and Leo Messi with one of his golden balls.

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Real Madrid owner Florentino Perez dressed as a cow.

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, apparently while being attacked by ants.

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Espanyol mascot Periquito, looking very proud of himself.

And finally, there's a French caganer company that made an anatomically correct Franck Ribery. Click here if you dare.

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!

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