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There were been hundreds of famous bald footballers in history Many of them are outstanding players this may surprise you, but, A player's haircut will have an immense effect on their heritage. Here is a list of our favorite ever bald footballers.

For no particular reason, here is our non-exhaustive list of some of our favorite bald footballers. These following players all went bald at one point in their career or at least 50-per cent bald. Most of them decided to shave their heads, but a few of them held on to what hair to help them appear less bald.

Our list does not include players who have shaved their hair for fashion and income, such as David Beckham, since they could still grow hair if they chose to. In comparison, players such as Wayne Rooney and Wesley Sneijder have been removed because they chose to use hair transplants or plugs to avoid their balding. 

For instance, everybody knows Roberto Baggio for his trademark ponytail, and 'rat tail' is the first two words that come to mind when you mention

Rodrigo Palacio

. The following list represents the top 10 

famous bald footballers in history

 and there are some great ones on here including many European Champions League, World Cup, and European Championship winners. 

They represent numerous nationalities and include goaltenders, defenders, midfielders, wingers, and strikers. Playing the majority of their careers with a lack of hair certainly didn’t hinder these players and they would have been stars in any era of the game. 

We have tried to restrict this list to players we immediately picture as being bald rather than those who only started losing their hair towards the end of their career.

Famous bald footballers in history

Scroll down to know more about these greats and

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amous bald footballers in history

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Brad Friedel

  • Name:

     Brad Friedel

  • Age:

     49 years (17 May 1971)

  • Stature: 

    193 cm

  • Weight: 

    92 kg

  • Nationality:

     USA

  • Role:

     goalkeeper 

  • Club: 

    Former players 

Bradley Howard Friedel is an American goalkeeper and one of the

famous bald football players ever

American who used to play for the national team of the United States. He has played in three World Cups and is one of Europe's oldest footballers.

Friedel was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and grew up in Bay Village, where he attended Westerly Elementary School, Bay Middle School, and Bay High School. Friedel played a variety of sports as he grew up, including baseball, football, and tennis, and excelled three.

Former U.S. international goalkeeper Brad Friedel featured for the U.S. national team 82 times, national squad, which is the most ever by a goalie, and appeared in three World Cups. Since leaving the Columbus Crew in 1997, Friedel made a name for himself with Liverpool,

Blackburn

,

Aston Villa

, and Tottenham in the English Premier League.

Friedel currently owns the Premier League record with 310, consecutive matches played and retired last year with 668 club games to his name.

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When he joined

Liverpool

, there weren't already traces of hair left, but we'll all recall his bald head and even scoring for Blackburn in 2004. On May 6, 2012, he appeared in the club's Premier League fixture at

Aston Villa

, Friedel became the oldest player to feature in a professional match for

Tottenham

, breaking the near-80-year-old record of Jimmy Cantrell.

After a total of 450 appearances, he finished his Premier League career, which remains a record for any North or South American player. Brad Friedel was a studio analyst on both television and BBC Radio Five Live for the 2014 BBC World Cup coverage in Brazil, later featuring on RTÉ's coverage in Ireland after returning home.

For the 2014–15 season, he appeared on BBC's Match of the Day and Setanta Sports.

Franck Leboeuf

  • Name in home country:

    Franck Alain James Lebœuf

  • Date of birth:

    Jan 22, 1968

  • Place of birth:

    Marseille

  • Age:

    52

  • Height:

    1,83 m

  • Citizenship:

    France

  • Position:

    Defender - Centre-Back

  • Foot:

    right

  • Current club:

     Retired

  • Joined:

    Jul 1, 2007

Franck Leboeuf is now known as a sports commentator and actor, but he formerly played as a central defender for the French national squad, and he is one of the best bald football players in history in France.

He played for the US national team while also playing for teams such as

Chelsea

, Laval, Strasbourg, and Marseille. He won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championships with his homeland as well as numerous domestic titles.

The defender chipped in with four goals in 50 international appearances and added 89 more in 480 club contests.

Leboeuf scored many goals from set-pieces and penalty kicks.

Leboeuf was part of Ruud Gullit’s Chelsea side we’ve still got such fond memories of, Leboeuf helping them win their major first trophy in 27 years in 1997 alongside the likes of Gianluca Vialli, Roberto Di Matteo, and Gianfranco Zola.

He also won the 1998 World Cup with France, coming off the bench after the red card of Lauren Blanc. To keep Ronaldo silent. Once Leboeuf hung up his boots, he joined the world of acting and proudly showing off his bald prowess on film. And became one best bald football players in history.

Fabien Barthez

  • Name in home country:

    Fabien Alain Barthez

  • Date of birth:

    Jun 28, 1971

  • Place of birth:

    Lavelanet 

  • Age:

    49

  • Height:

    1,80 m

  • Citizenship:

     France

  • Position:

    Goalkeeper

  • Foot:

    left

  • Current club:

     Retired

  • Joined:

    Apr 29, 2007

he was one of the

greatest bald soccer players ever

and most-entertaining goaltenders on the planet. Barthez was a member of France’s 1998 World Cup-winning squad and also won the European Championships with it two years later.

He came close to another World Cup again in 2006, but France was beaten by Italy in the final. The bald keeper shares the World Cup record for most clean sheets in the competition, which England's Peter Shilton has accomplished also. 

Barthez also captured a Champions League medal as well as several English Premier League ads French Ligue 1 crowns with the likes of Toulouse, Marseille Monaco, Manchester United, and Nantes. Barthez made 86 appearances for France as well as 592 club games.

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Well as far as Laurent Blanc was concerned, Barthez's bald head, as long as he kissed it before any game, should do almost the same job for France. That's why he got one of the

favorite ever bald footballers

titles.

Barthez won the World Cup with Les Blues in 1998 and then the European Championship two years later. There was maybe something in it.

Nicknamed Le Divin Chauve, The Divine Bald One, Barthez went on to join

Manchester United

, and while by that time he was undoubtedly past his best, he also attached a few Premier League trophies to his personal trophy collection.

By the time he joined Manchester United in 2000, Fabien Barthez was already rocking the bald look. However, anyone who saw him in action for Marseille beforehand will have caught a glimpse of what he looked like with hair.

If he'd have kept his hair, we wouldn't have been blessed with one of the best (and by best, I mean worst) nicknames of all time - The Divine Bald One.

Esteban Cambiasso

  • Name in home country:

     Esteban Matías Cambiasso Delau

  • Date of birth: 

    Aug 18, 1980

  • Place of birth:

     San Fernando

  • Age:

     40

  • Height: 

    1,77 m

  • Citizenship:

     Argentina- Italy

  • Position:

     Midfielder - Defensive Midfield

  • Foot:

     left

  • Current club:

     Retired

  • Joined: 

    Jul 1, 2017

Thirty-five-year-old defensive midfielder Esteban Cambiasso currently holds the record for winning the most league titles for an Argentinean player with 23 of them to his name and one of the 

best bald football players in history.

That makes him one more than Alfredo Di Stefano, the former great. Cambiasso, currently playing in Greece with Olympiakos, won most of his league crowns while playing with Inter Milan for 10 years in the Italian Serie A.

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He won five league championships there as well as a European Champions League medal. With five goals, Cambiasso has 52 caps for Argentina. With 84 goals in 653 club games, he has also played with

River Plate

, Real Madrid, and

Leicester City

.

An

Inter Milan

legend, Cambiasso was a staple of their 2000s glory days – scoring 41 goals in 315 games and winning countless honors along the way,

including the Treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010.

And he is always remembered as one of the famous bald footballers in history.

He will also be remembered forever for finishing off the amazing team goal of Argentina at the 2006 World Cup, While he was impressed in one season at Leicester City in the 2014-15 season, he helped them escape relegation. Perhaps he wishes he could stay on for another year...

 He played 52 matches for Argentina at the international level. A hero from the glory days of Italian teams, the Argentine was part of Jose Mourinho's 2010 Treble winning Inter Milan side. Cambiasso helped Leicester City to avoid relegation in the 2014-15 season and decided to quit. Oops.

Arjen Robben

  • Date of birth: 

    Jan 23, 1984

  • Place of birth: 

    Bedum

  • Age: 

    36

  • Height: 

    1,80 m

  • Citizenship:

     Netherlands

  • Position: 

    Forward - Right Winger

  • Foot: 

    left

  • Current club:

     FC Groningen

  • Joined: 

    Jul 1, 2020

  • Contract expires: 

    Jun 30, 2021

Currently, Dutch winger Arjen Robben stars with German Bundesliga champions

Bayern Munich

. He played with Groningen,

PSV Eindhoven

,

Chelsea

, and Robben of

Real Madrid

, too, In his 20s, he began losing his hair, is now 31 years old, and has 174 goals in 480 club games as well as another 28 in Holland's 87 appearances.

In three European Championships and World Cups, Robben has present, Although he is known for his pace, superb dribbling ability, and left-footed shots from the right-wing, but has yet to win one. He won titles in England and Germany, however, and scored the game-winner in the 2012/13 European Champions League final for Bayern Munich.

He still just about had hair when he was at Chelsea but saw it pretty much disappear altogether during his two years at Real Madrid and finally embraced baldness at Bayern And now he is one of the

famous bald soccer players of all time

.

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It could be a coincidence that he went on to enjoy the best spell of his career in Germany, winning 18 trophies including the Champions League in 2013…but it’s definitely not a coincidence. Robben won the Man of the Match award in that all-German final against Borussia Dortmund, scoring the match-winning goal and writing his name into the Bayern history books.

Robben is one of the

f

amous bald footballers in history

of the world. The Dutchmen has had his fair share of injuries which have stunted his progress. There is no doubt that if Robben could stay fit for a period of time, he could be in contention for a Ballon d'Or. What's more, Robben has seemingly always had a bald head, which is surprising.

Robben's form was vital in the Orange Army's famous World Cup run in 2010. Along with Frank Ribery, he formed a lethal attacking-duo for German giants Bayern Munich. Their departure this season marked the end of a glistening decade of success for the Bavarians, and Robben told the media that he still doesn't know what life after holds for him now.

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Jaap Stam

  • Name in home country:

    Jakob Stam

  • Date of birth:

    Jul 17, 1972

  • Place of birth:

    Kampen 

  • Age:

    48

  • Height:

    1,91 m

  • Citizenship:

     Netherlands

  • Position:

    Defender - Centre-Back

  • Foot:

    right

  • Player agent:

    World Soccer Consult

  • Current club:

     Retired

  • Joined:

    Oct 29, 2007

Here is another Dutch to the list.

one of the

f

amous bald footballers in history. Jaap Stam the big, bald Dutchman.

Famously called 'the hard bald bastard,' Stam is one defender that As well as being a colossal defender and one of the few players Sir Alex Ferguson regrets selling, and was Stam's move to

Lazio

.

In fact, we like to think he was so hard that forwards simply avoided going nearing him in case Stam did have to tackle them. Voted twice as the Best Defender in the Champions League, Stam stood head and shoulders above other defenders in the late '90s.

He memorably clashed with Patrick Vieira at Highbury, where both teams had to quickly split them up before a battle of the baldies broke out, and even if the Dutchman came sliding in with his studs showing, it really wasn’t advisable to retaliate.

The 'tough guy' won four league titles in his career, as well as the Champions League as part of Man United’s legendary 1999 treble-winning side.

Zinedine Zidane

  • Name in Home Country:

    Zinedine Yazid Zidane

  • Date of Birth:

    Jun 23, 1972

  • Place of Birth:

    Marseille

  • Age:

    48

  • Citizenship:

     France - Algeria

  • Avg. term as coach:

    1.63 Years

  • Coaching Licence:

    UEFA Pro Licence

  • Preferred formation:

    4-3-3 Attacking

Give me Zinedine Zidane and ten planks of wood and I’ll win you the Champions League” – Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Seriously, Zidane was that good that making him surely one of the greatest bald soccer players ever.

In the 2006 World Cup final, former French international midfielder Zinedine Zidane can still be remembered for going over Italy's Marco Materazzi.

He was also a hell of a football player, though. When playing for his home country and club teams, such as Cannes, Bordeaux,

Juventus

, and Real Madrid, Zidane had excellent vision, technique, and ball control.

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When he scored the winning goal in 2002, he won championship titles in Italy and Spain as well as a European Champions League crown for Real Madrid.

Zidane won the 1998 World Cup at home and scored two goals for France in the final against Brazil, which ended 3-0 in favor of France.

He also won Euro 2000 with France and was named the tournament's best player. Zidane won the FIFA Player of the Year three times. He was sent off in the final and lost his squad, although France lost the game. Named best player at the 2006 World Cup.

We’ll never forget his performance against Brazil in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final…Zidane scored 31 times in 108 internationals and added 125 goals in 681 club matches.

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Bobby Charlton

  • Place of birth:

     Ashington, Northumberland 

  • Age: 

    83

  • Height: 

    1,73 m

  • Citizenship:

     England

  • Position: 

    Midfielder - Attacking Midfield

  • Foot: 

    both

  • Current club:

     Retired

  • Joined: 

    Jul 1,1979

Bobby Charlton's hairstyle is very famous, that's why we had to name him. He has an attractive hairstyle in the world of football and one of the 

f

amous bald football players ever. The legend served most of his career in Manchester United, scoring 249 times in 758 appearances that he made for his boyhood club. 

The former footballer is Manchester United's second-top goal scorer ever. The English footballer won Football League First Division title on three occasions, one FA Cup title, Charity Shield title four times, one European Cup, as well as FA Youth Cup title during 17 years with United from 1956 to 1973.

In 1973, Charlton was named the manager of Preston North End side, and he appointed Nobby Stiles, his former teammate, as a player-coach. In 1983 Bobby became Wigan Athletic's director.

Sir Bobby Charlton is an England and Manchester United legend and he was one of the 

f

amous bald footballers in history.

Sir Bob and his famous comb-over was As one part of the famous Holy Trinity at

 Manchester United

,

He had a few hairs on his head back in 1966 when he led England to it’s one and only World Cup triumph at Wembley and was the nation’s all-time leading scorer with 49 goals in 106 matches until Wayne Rooney pulled surpassed him this year with his 50th goal in 107 outings.

the great man had a fantastic shot with both feet. He was a great thinker on the game and led United to their first European Cup win in 1968.

Charlton had a rocket of a shot with both feet and ended his career with 260 goals in 807 career club contests. The gifted midfielder with the comb-over also helped lead Man United to its first-ever European Cup title in 1968.Charlton took home the Ballon d’Or award for his play in 1966.

A key part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team and a two-goal scorer in Manchester United’s first-ever European Cup win two years later, Charlton clearly couldn’t accept going bald and so invented the comb-over. Strangely, it’s a style that has never really caught on.

Widely known as a Bobby, Sir Bobby Charlton is Manchester United's second-top scorer of all time. As of 2020, Bobby Charlton's net worth is estimated at around $25 million. Bobby Charlton's salary in 1969, when he played at Manchester United, was £204,028; today's money is around £3,5000,000.

Alfredo Di Stefano

  • Name in home country:

    Alfredo Di Stefano Laulhe

  • Date of birth:

    Jul 4, 1926

  • Place of birth:

    Buenos Aires

  • Date of death:

    07.07.2014 (†88)

  • Height:

    N/A

  • Citizenship:

     Spain- Argentina

  • Position:

    Forward - Second Striker

Another player was the former great Alfredo Di Stefano, who still had some hair left on his head, but had a fairly bald spot on his back.

A genuine legend is Di Stefano, perhaps the best all-around player ever to grace a football pitch and one of the famous bald soccer players of all time.

With not a bead of sweat, he could tackle, pass, and head.

Born in Argentina, he played internationally with Colombia and Spain, his country of birth.

In six games with Argentina, Di Stefano netted six times, six more in seven games with Colombia, and 23 in 31 appearances with Spain.

He is considered by many as Real Madrid's best player ever and as one of the most full players ever to grace a football pitch.

With Real Madrid, he won five consecutive European Cups and scored in each of the finals, and won a pair of Ballon d'Or awards as well. With 484 goals in 665 club matches, Di Stefano played from 1945 to 1966 with River Plate, Huracan, Millonarios, Real Madrid, and

Espanyol

.

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