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Worst football haircuts of all time

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We're going to take a look at some of the very worst haircuts to grace the field. Enjoy…

Perhaps this is from a lifetime of headers? I'm not sure about that. But I know there's something that allows world football players to break out some of the worst football haircuts of all time.

We're so fortunate these guys aren't required to wear caps or helmets on the field, because our lives wouldn't be as diverse or fun without seeing some of these classics.

Footballers in general are a somewhat vain breed, and since fashion senses are somewhat limited on the field, the only way they can demonstrate this is in the form of a hairstyle.

This has also ended up in some 'what were they thinking?' moments and of course some of the worst football haircuts ever.

Short back and sides, a shaggy mop-top, an unusual humiliating combover. Football haircuts used to be pretty simple in the days when a small Brylcreem tub was the only hair product you could find in a kitbag.

But as the game continues to become more stylish, different players seem to spend just as much time in the barber's chair as in the field of training.

Worst football haircuts of all time

With that in mind, here is our list of the 12 worst football haircuts of all time.

Ivan Perisic

Ivan Periaic (born 2 February 1989) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for the Inter Milan Series A club and the Croatian national team.

He typically plays as a winger, but he can also be enlisted as a middleman or as a second striker. He also had one of the Worst football haircuts of all time.

A product of the Hajduk Split and Sochaux youth academies, Perisic gained a reputation for himself while playing for Club Brugge, where he was the leading goal scorer of the Belgian Pro League and was titled the 2011 Belgian Footballer of the Year.

This earned him a transfer to Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won the 2011–12 Bundesliga, before signing the €8 million contract with VfL Wolfsburg in January 2013.

He stayed there for two and a half seasons, winning the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, before shifting to Inter Milan for €16 million. He joined Bayern Munich on a loan in 2019, winning the treble.

Perisic created his debut for the Croatian National Team in 2011 and portrayed his nation, having one of the Worst football haircuts of all time, at the 2012 and 2016 Euros, as well as the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, reaching the finals of the latter.

A key player in Croatia's second 'golden generation,' Perisic is the nation's player with the most goals scored in the major tournaments (11) and the first Croatian player ever to score in the World Cup final.

There is nothing wrong with supporting your country in international contest, but there are boundaries.

In Euro 2016, Ivan Perisic planned to reveal how committed he was by dying his hair the red and white of Croatia, one of the worst soccer players haircuts of all time.

The outcome wasn't quite Peter Wright, and he was much closer to Peter Wrong. Fortunately, in the last 16, Croatia was erased and we were spared to see it anymore.

Rodrigo Palacio

Rodrigo Sebastian Palacio Alcalde (born 5 February 1982) is a professional football player from Argentina who plays for the Italian club Bologna as a forward.

He is the son of Jose Ramon Palacio, who in the 1980s was a legendary Club Olimpo player. Palacio owns a Spanish passport, which makes it possible to count him as a player in the EU.

Palacio represented the Argentine national team at two FIFA World Cups and one Copa America at international level, winning runner-up medals at both the 2014 World Cup and the 2007 Copa America.

Palacio is also recognised for his eccentric rattail braid hairstyle, one of the worst football haircuts ever.

Palacio, with an eye for goal, is a diminutive, strategically clever, and naturally talented player.

He is able to play in several offensive positions as a nimble and creative forward, and has been implemented as a striker, as a second striker, and as a winger.

He is also known for his defensive work-rate, in addition to his skills.

Rodrigo Palacio and his rat-tail, at number 8 and probably one of the worst football haircuts of all time.

The international Argentinean made a mockery of his transfer to Inter Milan by placing a stylistic stain on the world fashion capital's landscape, shocking.

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Gervinho

Gervais Yao Kouassi, commonly known as Gervinho (born 27 May 1987), is an Ivorian footballer who plays for the Italian club Parma and the Ivory Coast national team as a forward. He has indeed one of the worst soccer players' haircuts of all time.

Before transferring to Belgium in 2004 to play for Beveren, Gervinho started his career at ASEC Abidjan and Toumodi.

He played in the French Ligue 1 between 2007 and 2011, at first at Le Mans and then at Lille.

He assisted his club win the league and the Coupe de France in his final season in France.

He was sold for £ 10.8 million to Arsenal in 2011 and moved to Roma in 2013 for EUR 8 million.

Gervinho transferred to Hebei China Fortune in January 2016. He joined Parma Calcio 1913 in August 2018,

Since debuting in 2007, Gervinho has made over 80 appearances for the Ivorian national team, scoring 23 goals.

At five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and two world cups, he was a member of their squads.

At U23 level, Gervinho captained Ivory Coast.

In November 2007, for the first time, he was named in the Ivorian senior squad for the friendlies against Angola and Qatar, and was chosen for the Ivorian squad for their 2008 African Cup of Nations campaign in Ghana, where he was given the number 10 jersey.

During the 2008 Nations Cup, he produced his professional debut for the Ivorian team, where he made two substitute appearances.

At the 2008 Olympic tournament, where he was captain, he represented his country.

Gervinho scored one goal after Ivory Coast lost to Argentina in the first match and set up two others in a 4-2 win over Serbia.

Sometimes in your life, you have to accept a lost cause. Gervinho can't be blamed for refusing to acknowledge defeat to baldness mentally, nobody wants to lose his hair.

However they were also fooling nobody as much as his efforts to wear a huge hairband to cover one of the worst football haircuts of all time up were admirable.

Ronaldo Nazario

A Brazilian business owner, president of La Liga club Real Valladolid, and a retired professional footballer who played as a striker, Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima (born 18 September 1976), commonly referred to as Ronaldo.

He is broadly regarded as one of the biggest players of all time, popularly dubbed O Fenomeno ('The Phenomenon') in Portuguese.

Ronaldo was the influence of a generation of strikers that preceded, as a multi-functional striker who created a new aspect to the position and also a totally new dimension of hairstyle, one of the Worst football haircuts of all time.

His individual honors include being three times named FIFA World Player of the Year and winning two Ballon d'Or awards.

Ronaldo continued his work as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme during his retirement from sport, a position to which he was appointed in 2000.

He served as the 2014 FIFA World Cup ambassador. In September 2018, Ronaldo became Real Valladolid's major shareholder, after purchasing 51 percent of the shares of the club.

In the 2002 World Cup, Ronaldo decided to shave everything on his head except that bit of hair, making a complete mockery of men around the world and one of the football's worst haircuts ever such as Gervinho, who saw their hairline steadily retreat to their foreheads.

Some would argue that winning the golden boot and firing Brazil for the trophy cooked up for one of the worst haircuts in football of all time.

Marouane Chamakh

Marouane Chamakh is a former professional footballer who played as a forward (born 10 January 1984).

He is known as a prototypical target man and is recognized for his "link-up play", "tall stature" and "excellent heading ability".

Chamakh is also the eighth highest goalscorer of all-time for Bordeaux. Chamakh has definitely one of the football's worst haircuts ever.

Chamakh began his career training in the Aquitaine region with different clubs. He signed with Bordeaux in 2000. In the 2002–03 season, Chamakh made his professional debut for the club.

He remained at the club for nine years and helped Bordeaux win the 2007 Coupe de la Ligue.

Chamakh secured the league title in the 2008–09 season as Bordeaux were crowned champions for the first time since the 1998–99 season.

The team has won the championship and league cup double in the Coupe de la Ligue.

After signing a four-year deal with the club, Chamakh joined Premier League club Arsenal on a free transfer in May 2010.

He managed to carry the club to the 2011 League Cup final while with the Gunners.

Chamakh also became the first player in UEFA Champions League history to score in six successive matches during his spell at the Emirates.

It's hard to know what you can say about this one.

What you’d give to be a fly on the wall in the hairdressers when As former Crystal Palace and Arsenal forward Marouane Chamakh said, "I want a partial mullet on the back, half a mohawk in the middle and on the front, make it look like I've fallen asleep at a party and my friends have targeted me with the clippers.

Wrap up it with half a pot of Brylcreem."

Not just one of the Worst football haircuts of all time, one of the worst haircuts in history overall.

Carlos Valderrama

Carlos Alberto Valderrama Palacio, also known as El Pibe ('The Kid') (born 2 September 1961), is a former professional footballer from Colombia who played as an attacking midfielder.

An innovative streaky scorer, he is considered to be one of the best footballers of all time in Colombia, and by some to be the greatest player ever in Colombia and ofcourse he had one of the most iconic and worst Haircuts in the History of Soccer.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, his unique hairstyle, as well as his accurate throwing and technical abilities, made him one of the most recognizable footballers in South America.

In 1987 and 1993, he received the South American Footballer of the Year award, and in 1999, he was also selected by World Soccer as one of the top 100 players of the 20th century.

In 2004, a list of the 125 "greatest living footballers" chosen by Pelé to mark FIFA's 100th anniversary was included in the FIFA 100.

After spending much of his career playing club football in South America and Europe, Valderrama participated in Major League Soccer at the end of his career, joining the league in its first season.

At the time of its establishment, he was one of the most famous players in the league and helped popularize the league during the second half of the 1990s.

He is a legend to this day, and is regarded as one of the most decorated players ever to play in MLS; he was named the MLS All-Time Best XI in 2005.

We're cooking now. THE most famous haircut in football history, perhaps and one of the worst football haircuts of all time.

The blonde afro of Carlos Valderrama was a thing of beauty and was known around the world in the 1990s. The Colombian recently stunned the world by straightening it up with frankly shocking results.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Shaquille Sterling (born 8 December 1994) is a professional footballer from England who plays for the Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team as a winger and attacking midfielder.

He used to have a normal hairstyle but he ended up with one of the worst haircuts in the history of Soccer in his most recent game.

Born in Jamaica, at the age of five, Sterling moved to London and started his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing in 2010 for Liverpool.

In 2014, he was presented the Golden Boy award. He was signed by Manchester City in July 2015, after a long dispute over a new deal, in a move potentially worth £ 49 million, the highest transfer fee ever paid to an English player at the time.

In the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons, he then went on to help Manchester City earn back-to-back Premier League titles.

He was appointed to the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in the 2018–19 season and received the PFA Young Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year.

In his most recent match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on December 12, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom, he came up with one of the worst football haircuts of all time.

David Beckham

David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born 2 May 1975) is a former professional footballer from England, the new Inter Miami CF president & co-owner, and Salford City co-owner.

He used to own one of the Worst Haircuts in football history. He has played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the national team of England, for which he held an outfield player's appearance record until 2016.

In four nations, he is the first English player to win league titles: England, Spain, the United States and France. After a 20-year career, during which he won 19 major trophies, he retired in May 2013.

Beckham has frequently rated among football's top earners, and was classified as the world's highest-paid athlete in 2013, receiving over $50 million in the previous 12 months.

Since 1999, he has been married to Victoria Beckham and they have 4 children. Since 2005, he has been UNICEF UK Ambassador and launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund in 2015.

The man who in a way that no sports star had before him, turned to a global fashion icon. When he debuted a set of appalling cornrows, David Beckham stunned the world, definitely one of the Footballers With The Weirdest Hairstyles in history.

Annoyingly, the bloke looked so nice that he almost pulled them off but we have no choice but to include him highly on this list regardless. Since then he has said that it is the only hairstyle he really regrets.

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Stephan El Shaarawy

Stephan El Shaarawy (born October 27, 1992) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for the Shanghai Shenhua Chinese Super League club and the Italian national team as a striker.

As his father is Egyptian, he is nicknamed Il Faraone (The Pharaoh). He had without a doubt one of The Worst Hairstyles Ever Seen in Football.

El Shaarawy started his career at Genoa and, after a promising loan at Padova, was signed by Milan in 2011.

Often considered one of his generation's most talented youngsters, El Shaarawy had his breakthrough in the first half of the 2012-13 season.

Before signing permanently for the latter, he spent the 2015–16 season on loan with Monaco and subsequently Roma.

For much of his career, Stephan El Shaarawy was delighted to display a Mohican, one of the Funny and Weird Footballers' Hairstyles.

After a five year stint at AC Milan, the 24-year-old transferred to Roma last year.

At all youth levels, El Shaarawy represented Italy and made 20 appearances for the seniors.

Florentin Pogba

Peile Florentin Pogba (born 19 August 1990) is a professional Guinean footballer who plays for Ligue 2 club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard as a defender and also for the Guinea national team.

He is Paul Pogba's older brother. Pogba has one of the most Funny And Weird Footballers' Hairstyles.

Born in Conakry, Guinea's capital, Pogba shifted to Roissy-en-Brie in France with his family when he was just eight months old.

Pogba has two siblings who are professional footballers as well. His twin brother, Mathias, plays for Sochaux, and his younger brother, Paul, plays for Manchester United and the French national team.

Following their unbeaten season, he grew up idolizing Arsenal.

As his brother Florentin revealed when Saint-Etienne encountered Manchester United in the Europa League Round of 32 first leg, Paul is not the only Pogba to wear dodgy hairstyles.

On one side of his head, Florentin had his own number '19' inscribed, his brother's number six on the other in a somewhat odd display of solidarity, one of The Worst Hairstyles Ever Seen In Football.

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Neymar

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (born 5 February 1992), recognized as Neymar, is a professional Brazilian footballer who plays for the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team as a striker.

He is widely regarded as one of the world's best players and he used to have one of the Ugliest Haircuts in Soccer History.

Neymar's haircuts these days aren't necessarily quite as wild and considered one of the Ugliest Haircuts in Soccer History, but he made some peculiar choices as a teenager at Santos.

At the age of 17, Neymar made his break-through at the club before being picked up by Barcelona in a transfer agreement that saw the Brazilian being brought to the Spanish courts to face allegations of fraud and corruption.

Abel Xavier

Abel Luis da Silva Costa Xavier (born 30 November 1972) is a retired Portuguese professional footballer and manager who played as a full back. He had indeed one of the top Worst Haircuts in football history.

Before withdrawing from the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2008, Xavier played for clubs in Portugal, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, England, Turkey and Germany.

In the Premier League, he led both Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool.

Xavier has played 20 games for the Portuguese national team since his debut in 1993, and was included in their squads for the UEFA Euro 2000 and 2002 FIFA World Cup.

He subsequently became the manager of many Portuguese clubs and the national team of Mozambique.

In September 1999, Xavier joined English Premier League club Everton on a £ 1.5 million transfer contract.

On 30 January 2002, for £ 800,000, he was sold to Everton's Merseyside rivals Liverpool. Following Markus Babbel's absence via sickness, he was signed to support Liverpool's defence.

Xavier scored against Ipswich Town on his Liverpool debut. He also scored in the UEFA Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen.

Liverpool finished the FA Premier League season 2001-02 as runners-up to Arsenal.

In the 2002-03 FA Premier League season, Xavier started the first four league games, but later battled with Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier and did not appear in any of the remaining games, although in December he played in a League Cup match against Ipswich.

He was loaned to the Turkish side Galatasaray for the rest of this season on 29 January 2003, with the option of a permanent transfer during the summer.

It can't be any other than Abel Xavier at the top of our list of Footballers with the Weirdest Hairstyles in history.

Nobody has displayed as much dedication to drastically bad haircuts over the years as the former stars of Everton, Liverpool and Middlesbrough.

He deserves tremendous praise for imagination and obviously not caring for what we think, regardless he is the unquestionable number one of the dreadful barnets, one of the worst soccer players' haircuts of all time.

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