The 20 Worst Haircuts in World Football

Neri Stein@neristeinFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2011

The 20 Worst Haircuts in World Football

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    Ever since footballers started becoming celebrities, they have experimented with their looks, and their hairstyles in particular. 

    From highlights to cornrows to Afros and so much more, many of these footballers have seen their experiments go awry.

    Let's take a look at 20 of the worst haircuts in football. I didn't have the stomach to rank them, so let me know who you think is the worst or who I've omitted (probably for all our sakes) in the comments section.

Lionel Messi

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    Messi's haircut isn't terrible, but he probably doesn't look at it very often.

    It's bordering a mullet in the back and is completely square around his face. It also makes him look about 14 years old.

Jason Lee

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    Some of Jason Lee's dreadlocks are pulled into a ponytail on top of his head, and the shorter ones are hanging of the side of his face.

    Supporters used to sing about the pineapple on Lee's head, which may have led him to shave it all off in 2007.

Kevin Keegan

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    Kevin Keegan's thick, curly locks didn't stand in the way of him scoring buckets of goals for Liverpool, Newcastle and more in his playing days, but he looked freakin' ridiculous doing it.

    Carles Puyol is trying to bring this look back, though.

Chris Waddle

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    Chris Waddle's mullet was possibly the most perfectly sculpted mullet ever, outside that of Billy Ray Cyrus. 

    And that makes it all the more terrible. The worst was when he had blond highlights done.

Andy Carroll

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    Andy Carroll's beard, which pretty much only covers his neck, distracts from the decent mane of hair he's got these days. 

    But it's still better than the cornrows he used to sport. Or the shaved head. Or that shaggy mess he had while he was growing his long locks.

    He's young and is clearly still learning a lot.

Marouane Fellaini

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    Marouane Fellaini's cornrows looked absolutely absurd, especially considering how much Everton fans loved his huge fro. 

    The fro looks pretty stupid, but it's loads better than these cornrows, and Toffees supporters are certainly happy to have it back. 

    This is like the opposite of Glen Johnson. His fro was laughable, but his cornrows weren't terrible.

Bobby Charlton

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    For as great a footballer as he was, Bobby Charlton's hair was that bad.

    He started losing his hair at an early age and decided to make the best of the situation and leave whatever hair he had to blow in the wind. When he had a moment, he would brush them back over the top of his head. 

    Donald Trump has nothing on the Bobby Charlton Comb-Over.

Wayne Rooney

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    Speaking of balding at an early age, Wayne Rooney starting losing it around age 22, if not earlier. 

    At age 25, his hair looks like that of at least a 45-year-old, so he decided to have hair transplants earlier this summer. 

    He'd look pretty horrible bald, and hair plugs probably won't make his face look any better. So Wayne, you need to just stick to scoring goals, and no one will really care about your hair.


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    For the 2002 World Cup, Ronaldo shaved his head, save for a little triangular patch in the front. 

    At least he won, right?

Roberto Baggio

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    OK, Roberto Baggio may have the worst mullet ever, but it was a big part of the 1993 Ballon d'Or winner's persona.

    The long, curly ponytail was a trademark of his, but the curls on his forehead were just awful.

Bacary Sagna

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    Bacary Sagna might not be on this list if it wasn't for the blond. Frosted tips are bad enough, but to dye the whole head?

    His cornrows would be fine if only he didn't dye them as well.

Taribo West

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    Whats is happening on the top of Taribo West's head (and his jersey for that matter)?

Carlos Valderrama

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    Carlos Valderrama had the best Afro of any footballer. It was wild and bright, and he just let it happen.

    The problem is he's held onto to it all these years.

El Hadji Diouf

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    El Hadji Diouf has always looked like an idiot, and his hair is the least of that. 

    The thin, fluffy, blond Mohawk he's sported for quite some time only makes his poor football stick out more.

Alexi Lalas

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    As stupid as Alexi Lalas' hair and pointy goatee look here, I really love this picture. 

    It's actually from 1994, though. Not the Bicentennial in 1976 like you'd think.

Fernando Torres

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    As attractive as Fernando Torres is and as good as his hair has looked at times, he's made it look pretty stupid at other times. 

    He's had a sort-of mullet, except it was just as long in the front (like here). He's also sported a head band during games to keep his flowing, stringy locks out of his face.

    More often than not though, he looks pretty good.

David James

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    David James has made some pretty egregious errors in hairstyle judgment in his long career.

    There's this Afro, and then there was the time he dyed it bleach blond. The cornrows weren't awful, but the creepy, flat-ironed comb-over he had in 2006 was just hideous.

Djibril Cisse

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    Djibril Cisse was known for shaving all sorts of patterns in his head and face, and he usually had them dyed bleach blond (what is it with that color?). 

    There was also this time when he died his Mohawk to match his jersey, though. I can't really fault him for having team spirit.

Rio Ferdinand

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    Rio Ferdinand's ultra-skinny cornrows made him look super skinny as well and not all that intimidating in the center of defense. 

    His huge fro just made him look goofy. 

    He's kept it pretty simple and classic in recent years. Smart move, Rio.

David Beckham

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    David Beckham has done absolutely everything with his hair. 

    He's had the classic cut, the long locks, the cornrows, the ponytail, the spiked with frosted tips, the Mohawk, the buzz cut and so much more.

    Some of it has looked OK and some of it really good, but a lot of it has looked pretty darn absurd.

    Becks can't go long without mixing up his style, but what's left for him to do? 

    Come to think of it, Beckham has never had an Afro and probably couldn't if he tried, and thank God for that.