Former Sounders and Fire designated player Freddie Ljungberg attained quite a gay following due to his years of stripping down to his tighty whiteys for one of Calvin Klein’s most successful ad campaigns.

In an interview with CNN International this weekend, he was asked his opinion of what was wrong with the sport of soccer, and he cited racism and other bullying, saying that opposing players would call him gay.

During his career, opposing fans would also belt out Village People tunes to mock Ljungberg.

Don’t remember the Calvin Klein ad campaign? Gratuitous Freddie Ljungberg picture after the jump.

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