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From Taribo West to David Beckham’s mohican: Footballer’s worst-ever haircuts

Professional footballers generally have far too much time on their hands – and for some this boredom away from the training ground leads to some horrendous decisions in the barber shop.

The majority of stars tend to play it safe, sticking with the typical short back and sides look to ensure their focus remains solely on performing on the pitch.

Others like to push the boat out a little bit further with a trendy quiff or a practical man bun (e.g. the entire Leeds United team), and that’s completely fine.

However, a small minority of players have well and truly lost the plot in the barnet department over the years. We’ve picked out 10 of the worst football has ever seen.

A small minority of players have well and truly lost the plot in the barnet department over the years

Taribo West

When searching for the most bizarre barnets in football, look no further than Football Manager legend Taribo West.

The Nigerian, who enjoyed spells with AC Milan and Inter in his iconic 18-year career, is best remembered for sporting some outrageous green braids which left his head looking like an arts-and-crafts class gone wrong.

Taribo West in action
Taribo West is best remembered for this outrageous haircut

Paul Pogba

The Manchester United star is a serial offender when it comes to criminal cuts. His rap sheet is almost never-ending.

Whether he’s dyed it an unusual colour, left it far too long on top or shaved some kind of pattern into the side of his head, Pogba’s lid is never, ever dull. And that’s putting it kindly.

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba, with his hair dyed blue, warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United
Paul Pogba has had some shocking barnets over the years

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Ronaldo

One of the few cuts in this list that genuinely looks like a barber error rather than someone’s actual choice, Ronaldo’s hideous 2002 World Cup design is almost an assault on the eyes.

The Brazil legend has since claimed it was part of a plan to distract people from his injury problems at the tournament. He’s not wrong there…

Ronaldo at the 2002 World Cup
Ronaldo claims to have adopted this bizarre haircut to distract people from his injury problems at the 2002 World Cup

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Come on Pierre. You’re a grown man!

During his time at Borussia Dortmund, the Gabon striker decided to channel his inner seven-year-old by getting the Batman logo shaved into the side of his head. Perhaps excusable for a primary-school student. Definitely not for anyone above the age of 10.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Batman haircut
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang actually had the Batman logo shaved into his hair

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David Seaman

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Poor old David and his ponytail have somehow been put on the same pedestal as a bloke with the Batman logo on his head. It is a bit harsh.

But with the full-grown moustache to match it, Seaman’s long locks were more 80s porn star than England footballer.

David Seaman in goal for Arsenal
David Seaman’s moustache and ponytail combo wasn’t great

Paul Gascoigne

He generally played it safe for the majority of his career, but Gazza did have one stinker of a barnet that simply has to earn a place on this list.

Taken from his time at Lazio, the England hero won’t want to be reminded of this picture anytime soon…

Paul Gascoigne sporting a ponytail
Paul Gascoigne’s own ponytail attempt was even more disastrous

Javier Hernandez

No, we’re not pulling your leg. We haven’t made the most of our photoshop skills here. Hernandez actually dyed his hair this colour back in 2019.

The West Ham striker went from Chicarito to Cheetorito, having literally drawn inspiration from the American cheese puff snack.

West Ham United's Javier Hernandez during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford
Javier Hernandez actually dyed his hair this colour back in 2019

David Beckham

Arise, Sir David Beckham. Football’s king of the whacky, weird and somewhat wonderful haircuts.

You name a strange barnet, Becks has probably sported it at some stage of his famous career. Mohican, braids, cornrows, man bun, spiky, curtains. He’s had it all.

David Beckham in action for England
David Beckham’s is football’s king of the whacky hairstyle

Neymar

The Brazilian ace is a flamboyant character both on and off the pitch, with some eye-opening hair-colour choices suiting his flash, tricky style of play pretty well.

Nevertheless, there’s no way you can dye your hair bright pink, white and green over the years and not find yourself on a list like this. Sorry Neymar.

Neymar shows off his bright green hair
Neymar hasn’t done himself any favours with hair colours like this

Javier Margas

It’s fair to say we’ve saved the best until last here.

You simply cannot knock the ex-West Ham star for the following:

1. Commitment to the club.

2. Creativity.

JAVIER MARGAS SHOWS HIS NEW CLARET AND BLUE DYED HAIRSTYLE.
Javier Margas opted for this disastrous West Ham themed lid

3. A clear eye for colour-coordination.

But actually deciding to go out in public donning this extraordinary claret-and-blue themed barnet, let alone walk out on a football pitch in front of thousands of people, is a disaster on pretty much every other front.

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