29 top scoring footballer hairstyles you can copy

All Things Hair | 31 March 2019

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. So, if you’re looking for new hair ideas, the pitch is always a great source of hair inspiration. From the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane, we’ve shortlisted the top footballer hairstyles below, expect sharp cuts, cool colours and daring patterns, or in Pogba’s case – a mix of all three!

1. Harry Kane’s swept back hairstyle

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

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.

2. Mile Jerdinak hipster undercut and beard

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

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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3. Jesse Lingard’s undercut fade

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

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).

4. Andreas Cornelius’ golden hair

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

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

5. Roman Torres’ trademark locs

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

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.

6. Lionel Messi’s relaxed side-swept style

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

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.

7. Cristiano Ronaldo’s short crop and fade

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

In the ongoing battle of who’s the better footballer, we have controversially 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.

8. Paolo Guerrero’s disconnected cut

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

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.

9. Sadio Mané’s blonde streak

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

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?

10. Sergio Agüero’s high fade

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

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.

11. Roberto Firmino’s top knot

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

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.

12. Mesut Özil’s comb over

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

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.

13. Antoine Griezmann’s spiky tips

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

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.

14. David Beckham’s headband

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

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?

15. Granit Xhaka’s slick taper

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

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…

16. Paulo Dybala’s side-swept fringe

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

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.

17. Olivier Giroud’s suave style

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

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.

18. Raheem Sterling’s shaved parting

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

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.

19. Neymar’s curly crop

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

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.

20. Stephan El Shaarawy’s simple straight style

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

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.

21. Paul Pogba’s colourful fade

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

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!

22. Sergio Ramos’ slicked back hair

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

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.

23. Arturo Vidal’s spiky mohawk

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

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.

24. Theo Walcott’s curly mohawk

Footballer hairstyles: Theo Walcott with dark brown hair in mohawk with shaved sides wearing football training kit.
A mohawk is a footballer hairstyle fave. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

From shaved to swept back straight hair, it seems Theo Walcott has found yet another impressive haircut with this textured mohawk.

25. Ryan Babel’s bring pink hue

Footballer hairstyles: Ryan Babel with short bright pink hair wearing black football shirt.
How bold will you go? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Not afraid of a little colour? Then you’ll love this eye-catching footballer hairstyle from Fulham and Netherlands national, Ryan Babel.

26. Mohamed Salah’s curly ‘fro and beard

Football hairstyles: Mohamed Salah with naturally curly afro hair wearing a smart suit with bow tie.
Everyone is talking about Mohammed Salah on and off the pitch. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Embrace your natural hair texture and follow in Mohamed Salah’s footsteps with a ‘fro.

As impressive as it, this soccer hairstyle is not just about Mohamed’s curls, take a look at his facial hair.

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Editor’s tip: From regular trims to daily self-care, having a beard requires routine grooming. To keep your beard looking and feeling nourished we suggest using the TONI&GUY Nourishing Premium Beard Oil.

Work 2-3 droplets into your beard and jawline for a fresh feel and a groomed look.

27. Hector Bellerin’s long man bun

Football hairstyles: Hector Bellerin with brown straight hair in looped man bun wearing red Liverpool football training kit.
Hector Bellerin is hair envy on and off the pitch. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

On the pitch, we’ve seen Arsenal player Hector Bellerin try everything from cornrows braids, a half-up bun and as his hair has got longer a full man bun. Hector really is at the top of his hair game right now!

28. Danny Rose’s fade twists

Footballer hairstyles: Danny Rose with twisted natural short hair wearing football kit.
Don’t let this footballer hairstyle fade away. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Faded haircuts are a men’s hairstyle fave as they offer so much versatility to a style. Take Danny Rose who styles his faded haircut with longer twists at the top.

29. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s curly fade

Footballer hairstyles: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain with curly high top fade wearing red football training kit.
Find your footballer hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Liverpool player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has never done a step wrong when it comes to his hair. Keeping to the same curly fade cut, Chamberlain has found what suits him best.

Although his style may not change, he is prone to colouring his curls a golden brown at the tips. This subtle colour change can give your strands more dimension and a sunkissed finish.