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!
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.
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.
Editor’s tip: If you are thinking of growing a beard remember to reach for the TONI&GUY Frizz Taming Beard Balm to tame any stray hairs and frizz.
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).
Andreas Cornelius’ Golden Hair
Clean, classic and cropped: Andreas Cornelius’ striking hair and beard combo just oozes Scandi cool in our books.
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.
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’s Short Crop and Fade
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Roberto Firmino’s Top Knot
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.
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.
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?
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Theo Walcott’s Curly Mohawk
From shaved to swept back straight hair, it seems Theo Walcott has found yet another impressive haircut with this textured mohawk.
Ryan Babel’s Pink Hair
Not afraid of a little colour? Then you’ll love this eye-catching footballer hairstyle from Fulham and Netherlands national, Ryan Babel.
Mohamed Salah’s Curly ‘fro and Beard
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.
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.
Hector Bellerin’s Long Man Bun
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!
Danny Rose’s Fade Twists
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.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Curly Fade
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.
Luka Modric’s Curtains
Luka Modric’s middle parting and floppy curtains have become an iconic look on the soccer pitch.
In fact, Modric’s headband look reminds us of the classic hairstyles of ’70s and ’80s sportsmen.
Kylian Mbappé’s Fade Haircut
Kylian Mbappé keeps his hair looking on point with his fresh shape-up and precise skin fade haircut.
Eden Hazard’s Bald Fade
Looking for a footballer hairstyle that’s more on the conservative side? Then opt for the Eden Hazard haircut. Just ask your barber for short blunt cut with a mid skin/bald fade.
Kevin De Bruyne’s Quiff
The Belgian soccer player might be less adventurous than some of his football peers, but we rate him for sticking his classic, short quiff and fade.
N’Golo Kanté’s Close Shave
N’Golo Kanté keeps his focus on the game opting for low maintenance with his close-shaven haircut.
Raphaël Varane’s Subtle Fade
Being French, Varane’s hairstyle naturally leans towards being effortlessly cool. If you also like this look, ask for a subtle fade haircut with some length on the top to keep it sophisticated.
Ivan Rakitic’s Low Fade
The Croatian midfielder has previously experimented with bold blonde and guylights (highlights for guys), but nowadays he keeps his hair colour natural.
Luis Suárez’s Connected Haircut
There’s no denying that Luis Suárez’s has a great head of hair. His connected haircut is great for men with thick hair and perfectly complements his groomed beard.
Marcelo often leaves his hair out when he’s playing and we welcome the Brazilian footballer’s full, curly, afro hair on the football pitch.
David Silva’s Scissor Cut
Silva’s hair hit the headlines when he suddenly shaved off his hair. Previously, his hair looked like it was thinning, however, it has since grown back looking thicker than ever, which sparked rumours about the footballer having a hair transplant.
Edinson Cavani’s Long Hair
Edinson Cavani has been known to be gifted both with great hair and football skills, so much like Samson, it seems like his power and strength lies in his hair!
Toni Kroos’ Gelled Hair
If you want to create a sleek hairstyle like Toni Kroos, styling products can be your best friend. Wet look gels are great if you want a glistening finish, while pastes and clays offer a classy matt finish.
Virgil van Dijk’s Man Bun
Love it or hate it, the man bun continues to be popular both on and off the pitch, especially with Dutch football player Virgil van Dijk.
Philippe Coutinho’s Hard Part
Looking for a way to update your classic pompadour? Take a leaf out of Philippe Coutinho’s book and ask your barber to give you a hard part (a parting that’s shaved in, normally on the side).
Jan Oblak’s Short Crop
Isco’s Tapered Haircut
Saying that Isco is blessed with lots of hair is an understatement! Football fans know that his tapered back and sides hairstyle with lots of length at the top is his trademark, which looks great when paired with stubble or a short beard.
Ivan Perisic’s Curly Hair With Fade
Got curly hair? Showcase your curly hair texture with a mid fade haircut like Ivan Perisic.
Lewandowski gets top marks for this tapered haircut and modern fringe. In our opinion, the dapper footballer oozes style and class.
Mauro Icardi is giving us serious retro, Peak Blinders vibes with his hard part and high skin fade.
Mario Mandzukic’s Straight Haircut
Mario Mandzukic’s signature haircut works really well if you have straight hair. Not to mention, the shape makes it easier to style and manage.
Diego Godín’s Caesar Cut
Samuel Umtiti’s High Top
Want to know how to work the high top fade in a contemporary way? Just take a picture of Samuel Umtiti to your barber.
Thibaut Courtois’ Styled Short Hair
Whether he’s off-duty or playing football, Thibaut Courtois’ short hair always looks great.
Christian Eriksen’s Sharp Haircut
Christian Eriksen show off this Danish good looks with this sharp, short haircut and stubbly beard.