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Bad haircut club: 10 iconic and awful football styles after Messi mishap

| 31.07.2016

Holly Thackeray | July 26, 2016

There have been some truly terrible haircuts sported across Euro 2016 and now pre-season, with Lionel Messi’s bleached blond bombshell with ginger beard look (after a close shave with the law) only the latest in a long line of barnet blunders and fashion faux pas by footballers.

Stylists across the globe have been horrified by the latest trend, which has also seen the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Marouane Fellaini and even Phil Jones opt for platinum locks.

Wales - UEFA Euro 2016 - Wales Homecoming

So, before punters reach for the peroxide in an act of imitation – just take a look back at some previous cringe-worthy catwalk crops from football’s quirkiest.

Coral round up 10 of the most iconic/awful hair-dos to have graced the game for your viewing pleasure.

Barcelona Trip to England - El Prat Airport

While, any Game of Thrones fans may enjoy this witty reference likening Messi’s new look to a link with a famous House…

Abel Xavier

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When you even leave David Beckham’s hair in the shade you know you’ve set the bar. This bleach blonde cone-shaped effort from now Mozambique manager Xavier showed the former full back was ahead of his time. Having delighted fans of Liverpool and Everton previously with his crazy coiffures, which included matching blonde cornrows and beard, we think this Galaxy Quest-inspired effort is our favourite…

Giovanni Simeone

Yes that’s right, this is Diego Simeone’s 21-year-old son Giovanni sporting a combination of a ponytail, mullet and a shaved head. We can only think the River Plate striker lost a dare, otherwise we wouldn’t fancy drawing feisty dad Simeone Snr’s ire…

Taribo West

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2002 - Group F - Argentina v Nigeria

Opting for mini pig tails on top of cornrows and a shaven noggin is one thing, but dying them the limiest of greens to go with your Nigeria kit? Former Plymouth Argyle and Derby County defender West took patriotism to a new level.


Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group B - Arsenal v Olympiakos - Arsenal Training - London Colney

Former Roma and Arsenal attacker Gervinho gave curtains a new meaning when he fashioned this look of parted dreadlocks complete with headband, later opting for a completely bald bonce with dreads dangling at the back. It didn’t catch on in England…

Ronaldo de Lima

Soccer World Cup Final 2002: Brazil vs Germany - Ronaldo cheers

‘Il Fenomeno’, also known as original Ronaldo, could do little wrong on the pitch for Brazil, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid – but off the turf his talents did not extend to fashioning trends, as this ill-advised stag do-esque fringe shows. Imagine looking back at your World Cup-winning snaps with a haircut like this…

Carlos Valderrama

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Move over Fellaini, there’s only room for one blonde ‘fro in football. Judging from recent pictures, Colombia legend Valderrama aka ‘The Kid’ has not forsaken the afro and moustache combo that made him such an icon in the ’80s.

Djibril Cisse

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Hull City v Sunderland - KC Sradium
Controversial character Cisse of course had to have hair to highlight his eccentric personality and, though he caused a stir with plenty of his styles, it is this turf-green stripe which lingers longest in the memory from his time at Sunderland.

Ricardo Quaresma

Portugal v France - UEFA European Championship - Euro 2016 Final - Stade de France
Always one for imaginative body art, mercurial Portugal international Quaresma turned his attention to hairstyles with the sweeping feather etched across the back of his head as the Navigators clinched the Euro 2016 crown.

Supposed to represent the Portuguese coat of arms, manager Fernando Santos called it “a work of art.” We’ll leave you to decide…

While another notable addition to the Euros catalogue of quiffs and coiffures was Ivan Perisic’s Croatia kit-inspired chequered flag.

Rodrigo Palacio

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Affectionately dubbed “the Traumatized Jedi” style, this trailing rat-tail has certainly allowed Inter Milan striker Palacio to stand out on the pitch for all the wrong reasons.

David Beckham

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Finally, the king of style himself Beckham even makes an appearance on this list. The Manchester United legend has had a few headline generating ‘dos over the years – but nothing quite tops the international reaction that was received for the famous Mohican circa 2001. It may be the norm now but Beckham brought it global fame.

Be it a sarong, a cornrow or a man-bun – Becks has never been shy! The superstar’s former side Man Utd are 3/1 second favourites to win the Premier League this season with Coral.


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Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.