It was the decade of Girls Aloud, Pop Idol and David Brent's iconic workplace dance in The Office.

But the noughties was also the decade of lads' mag, when glamour models competed for eyeballs on the front pages of Nuts and Zoo.

They were a hit with young men, particularly in their 20s, thanks to an array of racy snaps in their glossy pages.

But they were also a hit with footballers, who would often wine and dine frontpage models.

During that decade, money in football was beginning to explode after Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea.

Footballers were being paid more and more, and here are some of the models they shared their lavish lifestyles with:

Keeley Hazell – Joe Cole

Although Joe Cole denied they were ever an item, reports claimed the popular brunette had been linked to Chelsea's playmaker.

But things turned ugly in 2006. The Evening Standard reported that after "getting close" at a party, he was assaulted by a jealous man.

He was forced to flee without his shoes, shirt and phone before leaving in a taxi.

His spokesman said at the time: "Joe went back to a party at Keeley's house with a large group of people. He was assaulted by another man. He left the party and got a taxi home. He did not receive medical treatment."

The attack happened after Cole and others, including John Terry and West Ham star Anton Ferdinand, went clubbing in west London.

They then continued the party at Ms Hazell's flat, it is understood.

A witness said: "Poor Joe did nothing to provoke the attack and certainly did not throw any punches. "

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Gemma Atkinson – Cristiano Ronaldo

When iconic Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United as a teenager in 2003, he later set his sights on Hollyoaks beauty Gemma Atkinson five years later.

But it doesn't sound like one of the greatest footballers ever wooed Ms Atkinson, who appeared in FHM and Nuts magazines.

She sarcastically said: "It was really, really glamorous. We just went to my house and drank cups of tea and watched Only Fools and Horses. Genuinely."

Ms Atkinson added: “I don’t know if he’s into it now, but it was on the telly.

"Only Fools and Horses and cups of tea, he seemed to enjoy it then but I’m going back about six/seven years. With Cristiano it was mad, because everywhere he went he was followed by photographers.

“When we did split up I got offered so much money to speak about him and I didn’t want that.”

India Reynolds – Kieran Gibbs

India Reynolds burst onto the glamour modelling scene in 2009, when she was a finalist in a Page 3 Idol contest.

She was rumoured to be linked with ex-Arsenal star Kieran Gibbs, who currently plays for West Brom in the Championship.

But Ms Reynolds, who later became a Love Island star, later played down the romance and said they were simply friends.

It had previously been alleged they had shared a kiss together.

Ms Reynolds said: "I've known Kieran and his brother for years and it was their 30th birthday so I was there with loads of friends and family.

"There’s nothing about it! It got blown into a ridiculous thing."

Alice Goodwin – Jermaine Pennant

Alice Goodwin was a regular in the pages of Zoo and Nuts, before she caught the eye of ex-Liverpool and Birmingham City star Jermaine Pennant.

They dated for a number of years, before splitting up earlier this year.

It came after Pennant appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, but was accused of getting a little too close to fellow glamour model Chloe Ayling.

But she insisted that was not the reason for their split, saying: "Hi guys, before any speculation starts I’d like to let people know that Jermaine and I are no longer in a relationship.

"We have spent 9 years together with ups and downs but ultimately we couldn’t make it work.

"I will always care for Jermaine and wish him the best but at this point all avenues have been explored to make the marriage work and sometimes things just aren’t meant to be. There is no drama, scandal, animosity or bitterness just two people who’s journey has come to an end together."

Imogen Thomas – Ryan Giggs

Imogen Thomas made a few appearances for Nuts magazine, being on the front page on a few occasions.

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs later had an affair with the model, after an injunction was famously lifted.

She had previously starred in Big Brother, and now commands over 240,000 Instagram followers.

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