Footballers Who Pulled Off the Shaved Head Look Best – Ranked

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Ronaldo went short of late | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Remember the days when you were a wee nipper getting ready to have your haircut the following day? You’d spend hours trawling the internet searching endlessly through your favourite footballers to find the exact trim to suit you.

Even if the player in question was ten years older than you, far better looking and had an entirely different cheekbone structure and head shape, you’d still pick out the one you liked best, get your dad to print it off then pop into the barbers ready to look like prime David Beckham.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is now set to make the shaved-head look a barbershop favourite once again, after debuting his fresh trim on social media.

While it’s a look that will launch a million copycats, it’s not particularly original – having been modelled by many before him in the world of football.

Who pulled it off the razor look, though? A few did, a few didn’t. Here’s ten of the best – ranked.

When you’re a good looking Iberian man with fine flowing locks, keep them that way.

Granted, Hec did it during lockdown as a bit of a laugh, but some people are simply better off leaving the trimmers in that draw in the house that is full of batteries and half-used notebooks.

Ross Barkley
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It’s the kind of look you go for when you’re coming towards the end of your career, not when you’re the tender age of 20.

He didn’t have to chop it all off, but for some reason Barkley was hell-bent on copying his EastEnders idol.

Neymar JR.
Not the first time he’s done it | Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

It was apparently Dani Alves who was behind Neymar getting his head shaved (for the first time) back in 2015, and when you compare it to his other dodgier trims, it’s not terrible.

Better than the pink, at least.

Roy Keane
Of course Keane did it | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

It’s not like Keane sat down with Fergie over a glass of Bordeaux and discussed how he could make himself more aerodynamic in midfield.

He did it to look menacing and, to be fair, it did work. Although it wasn’t overly needed in the first place…

Jack Wilshere
It wasn’t terrible. | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Wilshere’s choice of announcing his comeback was to go short with his haircut. Being as short as he is, he could get away with a variety of different trims, this one probably being the best of the lot.

It was an ‘I’m ready’ type announcement. However, it was a short-lived return to first team football in the end.

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It took us all by surprise | GEOFF CADDICK/Getty Images

Was Silva’s looked bad or was it more of a shock factor that led to everyone’s perception of the trim? It’s hard to tell given it was such a surprise to see him lob all his lovely locks off in favour of a very non-Spanish look.

His reasons for it were to make it easier for the doctors to perform a hair transplant. He pulled it off pretty well…until it started to grow back and just looked odd.

Italian forward Alessandro Del Piero eye
Del Piero could have got away with anything, in fairness | PATRICK HERTZOG/Getty Images

When you’re so damned good at football and boasting an air of Italian elegance about you, it really makes little difference what haircut you have.

Del Piero also enjoyed some special moments when he bid farewell to long hair, y’know, like winning the World Cup.

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Did he look good? No.

Did it suit him? Yes.

No player has ever had a haircut that suited their playing style quite as well as Skrtel. He’d walk alone down a dark alley, that’s for sure.

When he finally grew it out, it just looked unsettling.

David Beckham
The man could do no wrong. | Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

A man who boasted every haircut under the sun even beyond his playing career, anything other than the cornrows was a bonus.

We might be a tad biased on this considering that moment against Greece was done with a clean shaven scalp, but it’s one of England’s fondest memories of Beckham.

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Spot on, no? | AFP/Getty Images

You know you’ve got a look that sticks that when you try and grow your hair out it just looks wrong? Valdes’ time at Middlesbrough was short but his hair wasn’t and it didn’t sit right.

The streamlined look with a bit of nine o’clock shadow and big bushy black eyebrows just worked.

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