With the 2018 FIFA World Cup on a two day hiatus before the quarter-final stage, we thought it was an ideal time to look back at some of the best, worst and most outrageous hairstyles spotted at this year’s tournament in Russia.
The action on the pitch has had many claiming this to be the greatest World Cup of all time, but in comparison to previous editions we’re perhaps a little lacking in whacky hairstyles. We’re yet to see something on par with the OG Ronaldo’s lid in 2002, but let’s not forget that that beauty was only revealed a few hours before the final. There is still hope.
That said, there are still a few eyebrow-raisers to behold this time out. Neymar was quick out of the blocks with a spaghetti-inspired look that set the internet alight during Brazil’s first game against Switzerland. Now the star is now on to his third hairstyle of the tournament after revealing a slightly lower key look against Mexico earlier this week.
Below you’ll find a selection of the most striking hairstyles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We wish luck to the players still in the tournament, and pour one out for the poor souls who have already been sent packing.
Presnel Kimpembe, France
French defender Presnel Kimpembe was one of the first names on the team sheet for our stylish footballer’s XI, and it would be remiss to not mention his hairstyle here too. Both Kimpembe and Germany defender Jerome Boateng opted for the white/grey-dyed look, but the former’s sharper and cleaner cut warrants selection over the latter’s mohawk.
William Troost-Ekong, Nigeria
Despite a banger of a jersey and a slick green stripe in William Troost-Ekong’s hair, Nigeria didn’t quite have enough to squeeze past Croatia and Argentina into the knockout stages. Troost-Ekong isn’t the first player to apply team colors to their barnet — Freddie Ljungberg was rocking a red stripe for Arsenal back in 2002 — but he might just be the coolest.
Neymar, Brazil (#2)
The second of three haircuts sported already by Neymar, this curly short blonde number is eye-catching enough for a player of his calibre without being outright ridiculous. The same cannot be the said for the first of his haircuts, as you’ll see below.
Olivier Giroud, France
Olivier Giroud is the undisputed king of quiffs in Russia right now. He’s had a few shockers previously, but you can’t argue with a voluminous and well-kept forelock.
Domagoj Vida, Croatia
The less said about Domagoj Vida’s hairstyle the better.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo sparked the tournament into life with a bonkers long range free-kick to equalize against Spain in Portugal’s first game, but let’s not forget that he pulled it off sporting a ridiculous bottom-heavy goatee. Ronnie first told the press that the beard was “a joke with [Portugal teammate Ricardo] Quaresma” but later said it was to bring him good luck. Portugal were knocked out by Uruguay a few days later.
James Rodriguez, Colombia
Sorry, Colombia fans. As if it wasn’t bad enough that your world class midfielder James Rodriguez missed the defeat against England through injury, he’s now appeared in the “bad” section of this very important and not at all subjective list. The reason? That shaved line, only seen on the right side of his head, makes him look more than a bit boyish. He wouldn’t have looked out of place with the mascots, holding hands with Radamel Falcao as the two teams entered the field.
Neymar, Brazil #2
When your hairstyle inspires literally hundreds of memes on the internet, you know you’ve done something either very wrong or very right. Sometimes it’s hard to know which one. We’re sliding towards very right here. (Neymar’s third haircut is a much drabber affair and didn’t make the list, but you can see it here.)
Spain fell victim to Russia’s defensive tactics in their last 16 decider, being booted out of the competition after defeat on penalties. That we know for sure. What we don’t know for sure is quite why Sergio Ramos decided to go for this oddly-shaved hairstyle.
Keisuke Honda, Japan
Keisuke Honda’s blonde locks look okay from one side. Not sure what’s happening with the other, though. Slide right above to see for yourself.
Next up; here’s every World Cup kit ranked from worst to best.