With footballers under the microscope for their appearances as much as their performances on the pitch, it comes as little surprise that for some players, their hair has become a defining feature. Here, news.bwin.com/en/ takes a look at some of the most memorable football hairstyles.
Could we really start anywhere else? Becks has had his fair share of hairstyles, and, to be fair, he’s pulled most of them off. The Bryclreem effect may look dubious now, but I didn’t hear too many ladies complaining at the time. Similarly, the shaven head was a bit of a shock when first unveiled but we soon got used to the new, meaner look. He was on shakier ground when he started using a hair band, but it was only when he added cornrows that he completely lost the plot. The sentiments were admirable – he was merely marking a trip to South Africa to see Nelson Mandela while on duty with England in 2003. But the fact that there were doubts over his ability to head the ball with the cornrows in place exposed the move in all its foolish glory. The subsequent look, a hair-down, tucked-behind-the-ears Jesus of Nazareth effort, almost came as a relief.
With a mop of hair which made Rudi Voller’s barnet look like a short back and sides, Valderrama was one of the most recognisable footballers on the planet in the 1980s and 1990s. A shaggy blond perm of almost incomprehensible size, at its peak the Valderrama skullcap wouldn’t have looked out of place around the neck of a grown male lion. The fact that he managed to play football with considerable skill while weighed down by his tresses makes the Columbian’s career appear all the more impressive, although the fact that he wasn’t the quickest out of the blocks will come as no surprise.
A half-decent player who appeared in the top-flight for Nottingham Forest, Jason Lee’s exploits on the professional football field will be forever overshadowed by his hairstyle. Quite simply, Lee looked like he had a pineapple attached to his head – a fact which led to him regularly being serenaded, to the tune of ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’, with the terrace chant: “He’s got a pineapple, on his head, he’s got a pineapple, on his head!” Now the joint-manager at Boston United, Lee has lost the luscious locks that made him famous and now sports a shaven head, but his legend will surely live on.
Not content with dodgy hair, former Liverpool and Everton defender Abel Xavier went the whole hog and got himself a dodgy beard as well. In matching bleached blond. He may have looked ridiculous, but at least you’d never lose him in a crowd. Or on a dark night. Or ever, really.
In case you haven’t guessed, this list has been put together on the back of Wayne Rooney’s recent admission that he has undergone a hair transplant procedure at a top London clinic. At the age of 25, poor old Wazza didn’t have the chance to have a dodgy do because of the lack of hair left on his head. In a bid to remedy the situation, the Manchester United star decided to take radical action and is set to return to the pitch in August with a brand new £30,000 hairline. In the words of Rio Ferdinand, he’s just a few short months away from a Head & Shoulders advert.