Greek God Panagiotis Kone, TT.
World Cup Statement Looks
Footballers, you weird and wonderful creatures. As we all know, the World Cup is just as much about mohawks and manes as it is about goals and games. These are our favourite statement looks.
NEYMAR AND DANI ALVES, BRAZIL
Brazil, the team where fashion meets football. Dani Alves dyed his hair into a super trendy pastel hue, while golden boy Neymar famously graced a Vogue Brazil cover together with supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Neymar, who has naturally curly hair, proves what we’ve been suspecting for a time now: the flat iron is back.
ANDREA PIRLO, ITALY
Midfielder genius, wine lover, style icon, Andrea Pirlo is basically the CEO of everything. Italy might have been eliminated, but Pirlo will forever be the ruler of our hearts. Perfect hair, perfect beard, perfect man.
SAMUEL ETO’O, CAMEROON
Wow, Eto’o, just wow. This striking diva totally owns this centre-parted, retro jazzy hairdo. A knee-injury ruined most of his World Cup, but Eto’o has definitely the hair game locked down.
PANAGIOTIS KONE, GREECE
Oh, hi there.
RAUL MEIRELES, PORTUGAL
We don’t really know what to make of this ‘hipster-meets-heavy metal rocker’ mohawk and beard combo, but it sure makes a statement. Meireles has been known to let his daughter cut his hair, but it is unknown if she is the mastermind behind this mean look.
HUGO ALMEIDA, PORTUGAL
A muscle injury forced striker Almeida to watch most of the group stage from the bench, but surely a man with a moustache like this can’t be stopped by something that mundane?
GUILLERMO OCHOA, MEXICO
Goalkeeper Ochoa received praise for his spectacular saves against Brazil, but let’s be real: it is his hair style we should acknowledge. The wide headband is one of this season’s must-have accessories, on the football pitch as well as on the catwalk.
JOHN BOYE, GHANA
Confession: We were sure the mohawk was a 2010 thing, or even something from 2006. But no, the mohawk is very much alive. (Insert sad emoji.) Having a Mohawk, or faux-hawk, on your team was apparently mandatory for qualifying to this year’s World Cup. At least John Boye adds something new to his black-and-yellow coiffure.
KYLE BECKERMAN, USA
Kyle Beckerman’s wild locks even have their own Twitter account. A young Beckerman discovered the charm of dreadlocks via a Bob Marley album cover, but his mother forbid him to grow dreads while under her roof. Kyle grew up, moved out – and today he makes his own hair choices. You go, boy.
NIGEL DE JONG, NETHERLANDS
Tattoo artist Ade Itameda flew to Italy a few weeks before the World Cup, to finish his work on AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong. De Jong now sports a set of amazing patterns on his neck, arms and torso. If you, like us, were disappointed with the amount of air time we got of shirtless de Jong, follow @ndjofficial on Instagram.
ARTURO VIDAL, CHILE
Vidal’s super sharp mohawk and graphic beard have us wondering: WHERE does he find the time for all this grooming? We don’t even have time for a manicure during the World Cup. So. Many. Games.