Soccer stars are as much preening peacocks as they are dynamic athletes â€” a dualism thatâ€™s given us tons of wild hairdos at this yearâ€™s World Cup.
From dreadlocks to dye jobs, â€™fros to fades, and every flavor or mohawk in between, these are the would-be Beckhams dominating the FIFA hottie hair game.
Arturo Vidal of Chile
No old-fashioned faux hawks for this midfielder. The footballer prefers to get creative with the clippers, carving ferocious designs (some see talons, we see rainbows ...) into his headbutting scalp.
Asamoah Gyan of Ghana
Winners donâ€™t just buzz a Mohawk â€” they dye jersey numbers into their temples. Gyan is a mere digit away from Herbie chic.
Bacary Sagna of France
Part bumblebee, part Whoopi Goldberg, pure braided glory. What inspired the Frenchmanâ€™s signature coiffure? A bet with his papa, apparently.
Daley Blind of the Netherlands
The Amsterdam-born footballer could be a great athlete, but he has Adonis-like hair, so who cares? Blind has the ideal length, color and wavy texture that seem to only get better with sweat.
This is what dreams are made of.
Die Serey of Ivory Coast
Die Serey during a 2014 World Cup match against Japan last week. Photo: Julian Finney.
Hereâ€™s a fine case of intimidation tactics. The puffy peroxide landing strip that comprises the Ivorianâ€™s Mohawk makes him look like a wolverine, or one of those hell raisers from â€œGremlins.â€
Ermin Bicakcic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Now thatâ€™s what we call volume. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
With slicked-up spikes and shaved sides, Bicakcic is an â€™80s tracksuit and two gold chains shy of all-out Eastern Euro luxe.
Georgios Samaras of Greece
The Greek Jesus? Photo: David Ramos.
Serving â€œJesus Christ Superstarâ€ 24/7.
Kyle Beckerman of the United States
Such a chiller, bro. Photo: Elsa
An obvious Bob Marley infatuation is to thank for this midfielderâ€™s head of dirty blond dreads. Consistently paired with scruff and a disarming smile, this Tarzan has us a little infatuated, too.
Marouane Fellaini of Belgium
Now THATâ€™S an afro. Photo: Alex Livesey
At 6-foot-4, whatâ€™s 2 â€” or 5, or 10 â€” more inches of hair, especially when itâ€™s as luminous and buoyant as Fellainiâ€™s. Solange? Fro-geddaboutit.
Neymar of Brazil
â€˜LOOK AT MY HAIR!â€™. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Like Madonna, Neymar is now single-name status, essentially requiring he have an iconic haircut. Good or bad, the superstar is fiercely loyal to thick bangs, buzzed sides and a very close relative of the rat tail.
Paul Pogba of France
Itâ€™s like a living sculpture. Photo: Claudio Villa.
For Pogba, hair is art. The Lagny-sur-Marne-born player starts with a sculpted mix of Mohawk and high-top fade, then employs peroxide with an artistâ€™s flair â€” a splash here, a contour there, the occasional stripe for accent. TrÃ¨s French.
Raul Meireles of Portugal
Hipster or footballer? Photo: Mike Hewitt.
Heâ€™s from Porto, Portugal, but may as well be from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The midfielder rocks a true Mohawk with a thick beard to rival any regional hipster.