Tom Huddlestone and 8 of the Biggest Haircut Changes in World Football

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2014

Tom Huddlestone and 8 of the Biggest Haircut Changes in World Football

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    After scoring his first goal in 32 months on Boxing Day, Tom Huddlestone had a symbolic chunk of his hair cut off on the pitch, having taken up a charity vow not to snip his locks until he found the net again.

    The Hull midfielder has now finished his haircut off, giving his stylist the vague direction of "some kind of Mohican." 

    It is quite a drastic change in style, but Huddlestone is by no means the first footballer to experiment with his locks.

    Here are a selection of significant hair changes from the beautiful game. Take a look through and leave your suggestions in the comments.

David Beckham

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    Throughout his 20-year professional career, David Beckham changed his hairstyle more frequently than most of us change our underwear. 

    From the floppy centre parting of his early days, he has transitioned to bleached spikes, mohawks, ponytails, cornrows and faux mohawks to his current 1950s Scott Parker-style swept-back barnet. 

    It would be interesting to know what percentage of Beckham's career earnings have been passed on to hair stylists.

David James

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    Former Liverpool goalkeeper and current Luton Town coach David James has had almost as many drastic hair re-stylings as England teammate David Beckham.

    James started his career with a unique shaved-back-and-sides look and has since sported all kinds of afros, bleached Eminem crops, blonde perms with matching eyebrows and cornrow designs.

    His most interesting hairdo, however, might have been his chemically straightened emo look.

    He presumably changed it because people thought he was a member of Fallout Boy.

Joe Cole

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    Since he burst onto the scene as a tricky showboater with West Ham in 1998, Joe Cole has generally kept his hair in a short crop.

    However, in the 2002 pre-season, he turned up for some friendlies sporting a bizarre pink stripe in his hair

    Unsurprisingly, it was shaved off by the time the season proper started.   

Raheem Sterling

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    Joe Cole isn't the only Premier League star to have made a drastic pre-season hair faux pas.

    In the build-up to the 2013-14 season on Liverpool's tour of the USA, Raheem Sterling boasted an indescribable mountain of curls, teamed with pencil-thin sideburns.

    By the time the season started, the Jamaica-born winger had trimmed it down to something a little more sensible.  

Leo Messi

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    When Leo Messi first burst onto the scene at Barcelona, he wore a mullet that wouldn't have looked out of place in Dumb & Dumber

    This transitioned into a long greasy mess, at which point a stylist might have intervened to give him a look more befitting of the world's greatest player.

    These days, of course, he sports a nice, tidy commercial-friendly crop.

Marouane Fellaini

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    As you can see by this image from 2007, Marouane Fellaini started his career with short hair and one eyebrow.

    Since his time at Standard Liege, the Belgian appears to have shirked the hairdresser completely, growing out an impressive afro. 

    In 2009, he experimented with braids. In 2013, he dyed it grey for charity

Djibril Cisse

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    French striker Djibril Cisse appears to treat his hair—and his heavily tattooed torso—as an ongoing art project. 

    The journeyman forward, who recently signed with Ligue 1 side Bastia, has sported an incredible array of inventive 'dos throughout his 16-year career.

    From Spider-Man patterns, strange tribal designs, mohawks dyed every single colour imaginable, braids and even Abel Xavier-style matching bleached facial hair.

Karim Benzema

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    At the start of the 2013-14 season, Karim Benzema turned up at Real Madrid with his haircut half complete.

    One side had been completely shaved and the other left alone, as if he was performing a tribute to Batman villain Two-Face.

    By the end of August, however, he had returned to his hairdresser to complete the job.