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The Best Footballer Hairstyles and Haircuts You Should Try Now

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 in a flash. 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 we’ve loved over time, just for you. Expect sharp cuts, cool colours and daring patterns in this edit.

N’Golo Kanté’s Hair

N'Golo Kanté with outgrown afro hair at football training
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Football ace, N’Golo Kanté, is usually known for wearing his hair buzzed or completely bald. And it certainly works – it’s great for a no-fuxx summer style.

Harry Kane’s Swept Back Hairstyle

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Want to emulate footballer Harry Kane’s classic swept-back hairstyle? 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 Jedinak Hipster Undercut and Beard

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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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Jesse Lingard’s Undercut Fade

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Jesse Lingard hit the headlines for all the right reasons and was instantly on our hair radar thanks to his stylish curly undercut fade, which he still sports to this day.

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

Roman Torres’ Trademark Locs

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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 the 2018 World Cup, and thankfully he had second thoughts.

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Lionel Messi’s Relaxed Side-Swept Style

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The world-renowned Argentina soccer 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 the 2018 World Cup, he decided to play it safe with this relaxed side-swept style and a strong beard.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Short Crop and Fade

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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.

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Paolo Guerrero’s Disconnected Cut

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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.

Sadio Mané’s Blonde Streak

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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 him, so what better way to spruce it up than with a blonde streak?

Mesut Özil’s Comb Over

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Known for his stylish plays on the field, we can always count on now-retired footballer 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

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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

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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, or stylish?

Granit Xhaka’s Slick Taper

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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 his scoring in the future…

Paulo Dybala’s Side-swept Fringe

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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

Olivier Giroud's Suave hair Style
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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

Raheem Sterling's Shaved Parting hair cut
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Raheem Sterling has had his share of headliner soccer hairstyles. The Chelsea 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, which is our fave.

Neymar’s Curly Crop

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When it comes to footballer hairstyles, Brazil’s Neymar is certainly one to watch. His love for hair is what we really want to focus on. 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

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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

Paul Pogba's Colourful Fade hair do
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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

Sergio Ramos' Slicked Back Hair
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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 ‘do that has caught our eye for this edit.

Arturo Vidal’s Spiky Mohawk

Arturo Vidal's Spiky Mohawk hair style
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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.

Theo Walcott’s Curly Mohawk

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

Ryan Babel’s Vivid Hair

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

Mohamed Salah’s Curly ‘fro and Beard

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

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

Hector Bellerin’s Long Man Bun

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On the pitch throughout his career, we’ve seen Hector Bellerin try everything from cornrows, to 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!

Danny Rose’s Fade Twists

Danny Rose's Fade Twists hair style
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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

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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 Curtains and head band hair style
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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's Fade Haircut style
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Kylian Mbappé keeps his hair looking on point with his fresh shape-up and precise skin fade haircut.

Eden Hazard’s Bald Fade

Eden Hazard's Bald Fade
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Looking for a footballer hairstyle that’s more on the conservative side? Then opt for the Eden Hazard haircut. Just ask your barber for a short blunt cut with a mid skin/bald fade.

Kevin De Bruyne’s Quiff

Kevin De Bruyne's Quiff hair style
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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 keeps his focus on the game opting for low maintenance with his close-shaven haircut.

Raphaël Varane’s Subtle Fade

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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

Ivan Rakitic's Low Fade hair
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The Croatian midfielder has previously experimented with bold blonde and guylights (highlights for guys) but has also been spotted keeping his air colour all natural too.

Marcelo’s Afro

Marcelo's Afro Hair Inspo
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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.

Edinson Cavani’s Long Hair

Edinson Cavani's Long Hair style
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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 lie in his hair!

Toni Kroos’ Gelled Hair

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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

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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

Philippe Coutinho's Hard Part
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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

Jan Oblak's Short Crop
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Jan Oblak’s short crop is perfect for men that want to disguise thinning hair or a receding hairline.

Isco’s Tapered Haircut

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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

Ivan Perisic's Curly Hair With Fade style
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Got curly hair? Showcase your curly hair texture with a mid fade haircut like Ivan Perisic.

Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski hair style
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Lewandowski gets top marks for this tapered haircut and modern fringe. In our opinion, the dapper footballer oozes style and class.

Mauro Icardi’s Fade

Mauro Icardi's Fade hair cut side part
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Mauro Icardi is giving us serious retro, Peaky Blinders vibes with his hard part and high skin fade.

Mario Mandzukic’s Straight Haircut

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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

Diego Godín's Caesar Cut hair
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Diego Godín’s haircut is in between a Caesar cut and a French crop, and is ideal for making a widow’s peak look less prominent.

Thibaut Courtois’ Styled Short Hair

Thibaut Courtois' Styled Short Hair neat and tidy
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Whether he’s off-duty or playing football, Thibaut Courtois’ short hair always looks great.

Christian Eriksen’s Sharp Haircut

Christian Eriksen's Sharp Haircut
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Christian Eriksen shows off his Danish good looks with this sharp, short haircut and stubbly beard.

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