23 top-scoring footballer hairstyles you can copy

All Things Hair | 28 June 2018

Find the football hairstyle for you with these top soccer hairstyles.

It’s no surprise that with big-name footballers, hairstyles can go from zero to hero, especially from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo. And with the much-anticipated World Cup 2018 finally here, we’re eagerly awaiting some rather unique footballer hairstyles.

Will we see another mohawk make an appearance on the pitch? Only time will tell, but we expect the players will push the hair boundaries out in Russia. But for now, let’s take a look at some of the best hairstyles for you to copy. Expect sharp cuts, cool colours and daring patterns, or in Pogba’s case – a mix of all three!

 23 soccer hairstyles you’ll want to copy


footballer hairstyles: harry kane blonde hair in side parting sweapt back at england v panama match
A striking haircut for the England footballer. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Harry Kane’s swept back hairstyle

Want to emulate Harry Kane’s classic swept-back look? Then it’s time to speak barber-lingual.

Knowing what to ask your barber for is half the battle when it comes to requesting a hairstyle. So, for Kane’s look, simply ask for a scissor cut short back and sides, with more length at the top to allow you to sweep your hair back.

footballer hairstyles: mile jedinak dark brown undercut fade hair with long beard at world cup 2018
Prepare for serious beard envy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Mile Jerdinak hipster undercut and beard

It seems like the world is obsessed with bearded styles right now and Australia’s Mile Jerdinak may just have the best one yet.

Pairing his long beard with an undercut is the perfect balance for a neat and tidy finish.

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footballer hairstyles: jesse lingard with short brown curly hair styled in a high top undercut fade
That’s some goal-scoring hair, we don’t say so ourselves. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Jesse Lingard’s undercut fade

Contributing England’s 6-0 defeat over Panama in this year’s World Cup, Jesse Lingard hit the headlines for all the right reasons (and was instantly on our hair radar thanks to his stylish curly undercut fade).

footballer hairstyles: andreas cornelius with short blonde hair with side parting swept back teamed with a blonde beard in denmark football shirt
Classic Scandi looks from Andreas Cornelius. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Andreas Cornelius’ golden hair

Clean, classic and cropped: Andreas Cornelius’ striking hair and beard combo just oozes Scandi cool in our books.

footballer hairstyles: roman torres with brown long locs pulled away from the face
The Panama hero is well-known for his trademark locs. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Roman Torres’ trademark locs

Roman Torres is adored on-and-off the pitch and we would like to think it has a little something to do with his statement locs.

The Panamanian star has been growing his hair for quite some time and there was even rumour going around that he might cut it for this year’s World Cup, thankfully he had second thoughts.

footballer hairstyles: lionel messi with brown short hair styled in a comb over
The forward superstar is now rocking a side sweeping look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Lionel Messi’s relaxed side-swept style

The word renowned Argentina superstar has given us some pretty amazing hairstyles over the years, from bleach blonde hair to the shaggy mop (and everything in-between!). But for this year’s World Cup, he decided to play it safe for with this relaxed side-swept style and a strong beard.

Cristiano Ronaldo spiky hair and undercut kissing football cup
Make way for hair icon Cristiano Ronaldo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Cristiano Ronaldo’s short crop and fade

In the ongoing battle of who’s the better footballer, we have controversialy put Ronaldo after Messi – you know, just for fun.

When the Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo stepped out rocking a short, spiky cropped hairstyle, we applauded the look that was equal parts neat and stylish.

We like how he accentuated his short ‘do with a gradual undercut fade.

footballer hairstyle: close up shot of peruvian national soccer player paolo guerrero with slicked-back style with undercut, wearing red football top at a training camp in Austria
This haircut looks dapper both on and off the pitch. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Paolo Guerrero’s disconnected cut

You’d think running around the pitch for 90 minutes would leave you looking a bit of a mess, but apparently not judging by Paolo Guerrero’s match day look. His disconnected haircut combines shaved sides with a slicked back top for a dapper style.

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Editor’s tip: Thinking of making Guerrero’s look your next style? Then be sure to use a strong hold gel with a wet-look finish, like the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel.

Use on dry or damp hair to mould into shape, but for maximum lift, apply to damp hair before blow drying.

side shot of senegalese liverpool player Sadio Mané with a
Winning streaks from Sadio Mané. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Sadio Mané’s blonde streak

There are some footballers’ hairstyles that’ll just go down in history. Exhibit A? Sadio Mané. A regular mohawk would obviously be way too tame for the Liverpool player, so what better way to spruce it up than with a blonde streak?

mid-game picture of argentinian footballer and manchester city player sergio aguero with a high fade textured top haircut
Agüero’s fade is a great one to try if your hair is extra thick. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

10. Sergio Agüero’s high fade

You don’t need to be a Manchester City supporter to be a fan of Sergio Agüero’s look. One of the more wearable soccer hairstyles, his high fade and textured top layers look neat but not overstyled. It’s also a clever way for thick-haired guys to take some of the weight off of the sides of their hair.

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Editor’s tip: For a natural way to hold your style, use a matt look styling product like the VO5 Matt Clay. Unlike shiny gels or pomades, this gives an almost undetectable finish, so your hair will just look like it naturally looks that good.

Brazilian footballer and liverpool player Roberto Firmino with a man top knot and undercut hairstyle
Until he went short, Roberto Firmino was famous for his top knot. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

11. Roberto Firmino’s top knot

David Beckham’s not the only player partial to a top knot. Before Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino cut his hair short he often tied his long hair up during matches, showing off a curved undercut detail.

footballers hairstyles: close up shot of german profressional footballer with side parted comb-over hairstyle, wearing black and white jumper, waiting for a match to start
Bringing class to the pitch is Özil with this comb over. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

12. Mesut Özil’s comb over

Well known for his stylish plays on the field, we can always count on Arsenal’s talisman Mesut Özil, looking sharp for the pitch.

If there’s anything we’ve learnt from the sportsman, it’s that a good comb over won’t let you down.

french footballer Antoine Griezmann with blonde spiky hair standing on the pitch
Are you really a footballer if you haven’t tried blonde spikes? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

13. Antoine Griezmann’s spiky tips

Antoine Griezmann may be one of the most precise scorers in the football world, but it’s his edgy, spiky blonde hair we can’t stop looking at especially when he’s celebrating his victories with his signature ‘Take the L’ dance.

footballer hairstyles: close up shot of david beckham at the unicef charity football match with swept-back hairstyle, wearing red football top and smiling
Band it like Beckham. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

14. David Beckham’s headband

When it comes to iconic footballers’ hairstyles, it’s hard not to mention David Beckham’s swept-back hairstyle, complete with a mini headband. Who knew keeping your hair off your face could be this easy, eh?

footballer hairstyles: close up shot of swiss profressional footballer granit xhaka with a sleek taper fade hairstyle, waiting for the spain vs switzerland match to start
It doesn’t get slicker than this taper. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

15. Granit Xhaka’s slick taper

Midfielder Granit Xhaka knows that this slick taper fade is the best footballer hairstyle to rock on and off the pitch. After previously having bold shaven cuts (along with a lot of red cards), we’re glad to now see him ushering in a new wave of change.

It may be a long shot, but we reckon this hairstyle could just become the secret to him scoring in the future…

soccer hairstyles: close up shot of argentine profressional footballer paulo bruno exequiel dybala with side swept fringe and undercut, posing next to a trophy on the pitch in italy
He sure deserves the trophy for this side-swept hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

16. Paulo Dybala’s side-swept fringe

According to Argentine professional Paulo Dybala, soccer hairstyles can include a fringe. So, it shouldn’t really be too surprising to see that this top-scoring look helped him bag a trophy.

footballer hairstyles: Giroud with brown hair with taper fade and swept back hair on football pitch
Smart and dapper hair doesn’t get much better than Giroud’s signature look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

17. Olivier Giroud’s suave style

The French forward is as much known for his goal finishing as he is for his picture-perfect hair. His tight taper and layered side sweep may require a little effort to perfect, but when the finish looks as good as this, it will be totally worth it.

footballer hairstyles: raheem sterling with short shaved hair with shaved slit on the side on football pitch
Toned down but still stylish. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

18. Raheem Sterling’s shaved parting

Regardless of the stir Raheem Sterling has been causing off the pitch lately, there’s no denying he’s had his share of headliner soccer hairstyles too.

The Manchester City player has had quite a style overhaul over the years, trading in his signature locs and high-top fades for a shorter faded style, complete with a discreet shaved detail.

footballer hairstyles: naymar with curly brown hair on football pitch
So good he only needs to be named once! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

19. Neymar’s curly crop

When it comes to footballer hairstyles, Brazil’s Neymar is certainly one to watch. While he might be reported as Europe’s most expensive player, it’s Neymar’s love for hair is what we really want to talk about.

We have seen him rock gelled back styles, bleached blonde tips and messy spikes to name just a few, so it’s anyone’s guess what he will try out next.

footballer hairstyles: stephen el-shaarawy with brown straight short hair swept back with shaved sides
There are no bad hair days for this guy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

20. Stephan El Shaarawy’s simple straight style

Even after 90 minutes of play, Stephan El Shaarawy’s football hairstyle still manages to stand up, looking perfectly straight and styled.

While his long mohawk might have resulted in countless YouTube tutorials on how to get the look, we think this shorter swept-back style is a winner.

footballer hairstyles: pogba with dark brown natural hair with bleach blonde ends on football pitch
We can barely keep up with Pogba’s hairstyles. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

21. Paul Pogba’s colourful fade

If there is one person we are most excited to see on the pitch, it’s Pogba. The Frenchman never shies away from a head-turning hair opportunity.

From a leopard print design to a rather low-key (in his world) Batman symbol shaved into the side of his head, we almost want to do a sweepstake on what he will possibly debut next!

footballer hairstyles: Sergio Ramos slicked back dark brown hair
Goodbye long locks and hello slicked back mane. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

22. Sergio Ramos’ slicked back hair

Real Madrid‘s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos has become a fashion icon in his own right, thanks to his ever-stylish hairstyles. This footballer has sported long hair in the past, but it’s his shorter, slicked-back mane that has caught our eye.

footballer hairstyles: Arturo Vidal mohawk shaved sides
OTT styles are right up Arturo Vidal’s street. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

23. Arturo Vidal’s spiky mohawk

Known just as much for his extreme hairstyles as he is for his football career, we can’t imagine Arturo Vidal without an edgy mohawk! This Chilean football player is living proof that OTT hairstyles work just as well off the pitch, as they do on it.

If you want to rock a similar haircut, ask your barber to shave all of your hair off, leaving only the top section remaining. The middle of this top section should be left an inch long, while the hair on either side should be shaved with a grade 1 or 2 clipper.

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Editor’s tip: To ensure that your mohawk stays put while you’re out and about, you’ll need to rely on help from a strong-holding hair product.

Warm a 5p-sized piece of the Toni&Guy Men’s Moulding Clay between the palms of your hands, and then distribute it through your mohawk, shaping the strands upwards as you go.



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