8 most iconic haircuts from the FIFA World Cup
Ronaldo’s triangle, Chris Waddle’s mullet, and Romania’s Slim Shady homage act are just a few of the questionable hairstyles that have appeared in the World Cup over the years.
Great goals are scored, amazing matches are played, and terrible hairstyles are made fun of on Twitter during the World Cup. Fortunately for the first Ronaldo, social media didn’t exist when he shaved a Dairylea triangle-shaped piece of hair into his skull during the 1998 World Cup. He may have gotten into serious trouble if not. That doesn’t stop us from remembering those celebrities who dared to experiment with their hair in fear and, in some cases, with tremendous affection. Therefore, Daily Star Sport is pausing to recall the most famous haircuts in the tournament’s history as the globe prepares for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Rene Higuita, a legend in Colombia, has a life that is almost as eccentric as his hairdo. The most prominent memory of the legendary goalie is his scorpion kick against England at Wembley in 1995, which is the reason why he missed the 1994 World Cup after being jailed.
You’d have to think twice before making fun of Higuita’s lengthy, curly hair, which gave Rapunzel a run for her money because it’s obvious that he isn’t afraid to put himself out there. The 1980s tash completes the look, creating a ready-made fashion icon.
Abel Xavier, a former defender for Everton and Liverpool, played just 20 times for Portugal, but he made every one of them matter. The 2002 World Cup was perhaps the pinnacle event for weird hairstyles, as the eccentric full-back dazzled viewers with his bleach blonde hair.
His beard and bleached hair made for a genuinely amazing sight. However, it paled in comparison to some of the other haircuts he donned over his career, some of which embarrassed David Beckham’s penchant for switching up his hair.
Legendary Championship Manager Taribo West arrived to the 1998 World Cup with a hairdo that resembled a combination of girl’s braids and, well, we don’t really know, to be honest.
Football fans still have pleasant memories of the Nigerian star, who played for Derby County and Plymouth Argyle in the UK. Whatever the origin for the unique appearance may have been.
Ronaldo was a genius at scoring goals. He was a member of the Brazil team that won the World Cup twice, in 1994 and 2002, and finished in second place in 1998. He wasn’t, however, a master stylist, as seen by his hairstyle in South Korea and Japan.
The Real Madrid star showed up to his nation’s semi-final match against Turkey with a little triangle-shaped hair patch on his head, for reasons that he and he alone know. With Ronaldo’s eight goals, Brazil won the Jules Rimet trophy for the sixth time, and his haircut undoubtedly didn’t detract from his accomplishments.
Ronaldo said to Sports Illustrated last year that the purpose of his shady haircut was to gain media attention for his hair rather than his injuries, and he described it as “awful” at the time. “I’m sorry to all the mothers whose kids got the same haircut,” the speaker said.
Romania ’98 team
After having their hair all blonde-dyed, the Romanian National Team in the 1998 World Cup offered 11 questionable hairstyles for the price of one. Following their victory over England in the group stage, the Romanian team made the peculiar choice with the goal of wishing them success.
But as Bucharest’s peroxide suppliers tallied their earnings, France’s Slim Shady tribute act struggled and lost to Croatia in the preliminary round of 16. Everyone has the right to the occasional “blonde moment,” but this was altogether different.
The mullet on Chris Waddle is legendary. In fact, we’re amazed he never gave the National Football Museum a lock of it. Waddle sprinted down the left wing for England looking like a prize thoroughbred with thick waves at the top and a nicely coloured lower portion.
Waddle’s hair was probably thought to be a fashion statement by most people. But in truth, superstition had a role in his decision to grow his hair long. Waddle admitted last year that he frequently sustained injuries while playing
Carlos Valderrama has one of the most recognisable haircuts ever. At three World Cups, the Colombian star donned his bushy beard, gaining cult status among soccer fans in the process.
Surprisingly, the 60-year-old former midfielder promised to chop off his thick hair if his nation won the 2018 World Cup. Thankfully, though, England came to the rescue, as Gareth Southgate’s team eliminated Colombia on penalties in the round of 16.