Why do men love soccer haircuts so much? This has now become one of the essential questions of life along with why do we all eat so much avocado all of a sudden and why can’t your grandma learn how to use a computer? We can venture a few answers. About the soccer haircuts, not your grandma. Soccer players have long stopped being just athletes playing a game. In the past decades they have turned into veritable fashion and style icons that the world is only too eager to follow and copy.
It all started, of course, with the now larger than life David Beckham. He was and still is, in some respects, a true trend setter. This means that he wore cool hairstyles before they became ‘a thing.’ Yes, David Beckham was one of the first to sport a man bun and a top knot, way back in the beginning of the 2000s, some ten years before the man bun even became famous. He was also one of the first to wear a Mohawk and a fauxhawk long before anyone else. He also went through a bad streak where he wore a questionable set of cornrows while meeting Mahatma Ghandi. But, hey! Nobody, not even David Beckham can get them all right!
Modern Soccer Haircuts
And now we have Cristiano Ronaldo. If you want further proof that soccer haircuts are one of the biggest trends in men’s hairstyles today, here’s something for your consideration. Cristiano Ronaldo or CR7 as he’s lovingly known around the world, made headlines when he got a haircut in the middle of a soccer game. No, I know what you’re thinking. He didn’t stop the game and call his stylist to give him a little trim. He went off pitch at half time and when he came back for the second half of the game, he was sporting a whole new hairstyle.
Of course, opinions were divided on this because when are not opinions divided on something? Except on avocado. His most ardent fans congratulated him on being such a stylish character and swamped their local barbers in a rush to copy that second half hairstyle. However, others were not so pleased with the feat. Voices complained that an athlete such as himself should be focusing on the game while he is… playing the game. And not on getting his hair done. We say – why not both? But this is just a little taste of how huge soccer haircuts have become.
Important enough to distract major athletes from the beauty of the game and controversial enough to spark debate all over the world. In the meantime, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the most followed person on Instagram as of 2019, knocking off former queens Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez. Let’s take a look at some of the best soccer hairstyles on and off the pitch!
Mezut Ozil Soccer Haircuts
Meet German soccer player Mezut Ozil. Here he is reading a book about himself written, presumably, by himself. Meta. But what we’re interested in is his haircut. Mezut is sporting a pompadour which has been swept to one side and an undercut with an almost invisible fade very high up and toward the front. He also has what look like a few blonde highlights in his natural dark brown hair.
If you want to replicate this hairstyle, you will also need a hairstyling product with a shiny finish and a strong hold. Try a water based pomade that will get your hair looking glossy and sleek. And give Mezut’s book a read! It’s called Gunning for Greatness: My Life. Nothing with that title can be bad, right?
Iker Casillias Soccer Haircuts
If you haven’t heard of him, then you’re not a true soccer fan. Iker Casillas is one of the most famous goalkeepers in the history of the game. He won his notoriety by playing for the Spanish club Real Madrid for no less than 16 years. He also holds the record for playing the most games for his national soccer team, Spain of course, which is 167. Are you ready for more? Iker Casillias has played over 1000 professional games in his career and holds the record as the player with the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League. He is now playing for Porto Football Club in Portugal.
When it comes to soccer haircuts, he has always been rather conservative. This means that we have never seen Iker Casillas sporting a Mohawk, cornrows or even a fade. But that’s exactly why he can serve as a fantastic source of inspiration for every man out there who is a fan of classic hairstyles. Or who needs to subject to a rather strong office dress and styling code.
Lionel Messi Soccer Haircuts
We could not have possibly detailed this piece on soccer haircuts without mentioning Lionel Messi. He is considered to be the best soccer player in the world and one of the best players in the whole history of the game. He gained fame playing for the Spanish club Barcelona and for his national team of Argentina. As the leading brand ambassador for Adidas, Messi has managed to make himself known beyond the pitch.
Regarding soccer haircuts, Messi has gone through quite a plethora of them. Here he is wearing a short and spiky hairstyle resembling the boyish 2000s haircuts that everyone used to wear back then. In later years Messi has also taken to combining his soccer haircuts with a bushy yet very well-trimmed beard. And we have to say it’s a fantastic choice because he looks amazing!
Mauro Fellaini Afro Haircut
His full name is Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui and he is a soccer player born in Belgium currently performing for the Shandong Luneng Taishan Chinese club. And yes, he wears an Afro. Of course, we have to employ a bit of a license when using that term because he’s not African. Therefore, the term ‘afro’ can only be used to describe his hairstyle very loosely.
But that doesn’t make his soccer haircuts any less interesting. Which is why we’ve chosen to take a peek at Mauro! Of course, there are two ways of looking at this. The more lenient way, which says that the soccer player has simply chosen to grow out his naturally kinky hair into a rounded, medium hairstyle. Or a slightly more culturally polite way which has ask us to acknowledge that we might be looking at a little cultural appropriation here. What do you think?
Kyle Beckerman Dreads
Speaking of cultural appropriation, let’s take a look at a white man with dreads. This is Kyle Beckerman, an American soccer player (yes, they exist) who is a midfielder for a club called Real Salt Lake. What we’re interested in right now is the fact that he has chosen to wear dreads.
If you’ve been on the Internet lately you might have noticed that, among the cat videos and vegan recipes, there has been a lot of debate as to whether or not dreads represent a sign of cultural appropriation.
It got to the point where an Africa-American woman was filmed assaulting a white man because he was wearing dreads. In the video, the young man can be clearly heard telling the woman that dreads originally come from Egypt, which means that he has not appropriated her culture.
And that is exactly the point. People started wearing dreads in one form or another as far back as 3000 years ago all over the Ancient world. The Egyptians, the Celts, and the Greeks all wore dreads. Therefore, they cannot be claimed as belonging to one single culture, and definitely not to the African-American one. So this idea of soccer haircuts worn here by Kyle Beckerman is actually safe!
Georgios Samaras Medium Haircut
Soccer haircuts come in all shapes and sizes and that is one of the things that we love about them the most! Here is Georgios Samaras, a former professional soccer player from Greece wearing a gorgeous, medium haircut.
Georgios has a wonderful oval face which means that he can wear any hairstyle he wants. If you have the same type of face, you’re in luck because oval faces are considered to be the most beautiful ones. His medium length hair is swiped across the dome of his head in a very bohemian way while his beard is perfectly trimmed. The hairstyle continues down to his shoulders in a light and feathery way.
Zinedine Zidane Soccer Haircuts
We have arrived at one of the kings of old. Zinedine Zidane, lovingly known as Zizou is considered to be one of the best soccer players to have ever graced the pitches. This force of the field has retired now and he is the coach of the Spanish club Real Madrid. However, when he was an active player, Zizou was known for the elegance with which he played the game, his technique, and his ball control. In 2004, Zidane was titled the Best European Footballer in the past 50 years within the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll.
As far as soccer haircuts go, Zinedine Zidane has never been a man that had to say a lot through his style. He has always loved to shave his head as a way to conceal the fact that he has alopecia. Therefore, if Zidane is your personal hero and you have the same problem as he does, then this could be the perfect solution for you!
Gareth Bale Haircut
This Welsh born soccer player is currently giving his best to the Spanish club Real Madrid. But what we really want to know more about is his hairstyle. And maybe if he wears contacts. Gareth is sporting a short haircut with an undercut but no taper or fade. Make sure to mention that to your barber if you want to copy his hairstyle.
The top half is longer and has a series of 2000s spikes that he has combed to one side. However, the finish is quite messy, so as to give him a boyish and modern look. As far as styling products for these soccer haircuts go, you can use some pomade or even a bit of hair gel. But be careful because hair gel will dry out your hair!
David Beckham Soccer Haircuts
We have arrived at the king himself! Honestly, there would be no soccer haircuts without him! David Beckham is, without a doubt, the king of soccer haircuts and a true trend setter. He was the one who paved the way back in the 2000s for soccer players to be more than athletes. Of course, he was a fantastic player that wowed the world with his skills while he performed for Manchester United and Real Madrid.
But he also showed the entire planet that soccer players could also be stylish, trend setters, international superstars, ambassadors for brands or good causes, and much more. Without David Beckham there would be no Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo as we know them today.
David de Gea Haircut
You might be familiar with David de Gea as he is the goal keeper for both Manchester United and the Spanish national team. You might also know him because he has one of the coolest soccer haircuts around. David wears a bald fade with a short, messy top, and a very small pomp at the front.
If you want to copy his haircut you will have to commit, though. Please be aware that this hairstyle will require you to maintain it all the time. Of course, it depends on how fast your hair grows. But a good rule of thumb says that you need to revisit your barber twice a month to keep it looking prim and proper.
What about you?
Let us know in the comment section below which one of these soccer haircuts is your favorite! Are you a fan of the classic Zinedine Zidane or Iker Casillas ones? Or are you more partial to the super modern haircuts likes the ones David de Gea and Gareth Bale wear?