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13 of the Worst Haircuts Ever Witnessed in Football

Footballers in general are a rather vain species, and due to fashion senses being somewhat restricted on the pitch, the only way they can express this is in the form of a hairstyle. This has often resulted in some 'what were they thinking?' moments.


We take a look at 13 of the very worst haircuts to grace the field. Enjoy, or at least, try to... 

13. Stephan El Shaarawy

Stephan El Shaarawy has enjoyed exhibiting a mohican for most of his career. The 24-year-old moved to Roma last year after a five year spell at AC Milan. 


El Shaarawy has represented Italy at all youth levels and has made 20 appearances for the seniors. 

12. Neymar

Neymar's haircuts aren't usually quite as outlandish these days, but as a teenager at Santos he made some questionable choices.


Neymar made his break-through at the club at the age of 17 before being snapped up by Barcelona in a transfer deal that has seen the Brazilian taken to the Spanish courts to face fraud and corruption charges. 

11. Gervinho

Gervinho's odd choice of hairstyle earned him as much stick as a lot of his performances in an Arsenal shirt. 


The Ivorian established a better reputation at Roma after leaving the Gunners, and now plays in the Chinese Super League for Hebei China Fortune. 

10. Marouane Chamakh

Marouane Chamakh became more famous for his abundant use of hair gel rather than for his goal-scoring prowess, which is never a good thing for a striker.


Although his spells at Arsenal and Crystal Palace were underwhelming to say the least, the Moroccan remains the only player to ever score in six consecutive Champions League matches, achieved either side of his switch from Bordeaux to the Emirates. 

9. Abel Xavier

The former Portuguese international Abel Xavier was instantly recognisable with his flamboyant hair.


Xavier played as a full-back at Everton, Liverpool and Middlesbrough among other clubs before retiring at LA Galaxy in 2008. He is currently is the head coach of the Mozambique national team. 

8. Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba could arguably form a list of his own terrible haircuts, but the time he had 'Pogboom' inscribed into his hair has to top the lot.


This hairstyle was from the end of last season, when France played Cameroon in a friendly. 

7. Marek Hamsik

Marek Hamsik's iconic mohawk is unlikely to be going anywhere any time soon.


The midfielder - who plies his trade for Napoli - has been a six time winner of the Slovak Footballer of the Year award and played an important role in his country's run to the round of 16 at Euro 2016. 

6. Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini has sported the same haircut for most of his career, just with the occasional variation in colour.


The 6ft 4in midfielder has often been a scapegoat when United play poorly - and with hair like that there is definitely no hiding on the pitch. 

5. Ivan Perisic

In an attempt to show support for his country at Euro 2016, Ivan Perisic modelled a haircut with his team's coloured shaved and dyed into the back of his head against Portugal in the round of 16.


The Inter Milan midfielder's patriotism unfortunately didn't inspire Croatia to the win he would have wanted, losing 1-0 to the eventual winners of the competition. 

4. Florentin Pogba

Paul isn't the only Pogba to sport dodgy hairstyles, as shown by his brother Florentin when Saint-Etienne met Manchester United in the Europa League Round of 32 first-leg.


Florentin had his own number '19' inscribed on one side of his head, his brother's number six on the other in a slightly strange show of solidarity. 

3. Carlos Valderrama

We can only assume that Carlos Valderrama has provided the inspiration for South American counterparts David Luiz and Fabricio Coloccini. 


The Colombian is the most capped player in his country's history, with 111. Don't worry, his hairstyle hasn't changed since his playing days. 

2. Ronaldo

Ronaldo took extreme measures to avoid everyone constantly discussing his fitness issues in the build up to the 2002 World Cup. 


The Brazilian's idea was to come up with a terrible haircut which shifted the focus to the top of his head and away from his groin injury. 


Ronaldo went on to score both goals in Brazil's 2-0 win over Germany in the final to lift the trophy.  

1. David Beckham

​Another man who could make a substantial list on his own accord, who could forget David Beckham's cornrows?


Beckham has since admitting that he regrets the decision, especially given that he met Nelson Mandela while he had this particular hairstyle and will never be able to erase the memory of it as a result.


Luckily for everyone, it did not last long.