When you think of the World Cup, straight away some memorable and shall we say less inspiring haircuts probably come to mind. Maybe, Ronaldo's 2002 haircut? Or the Romania team's blonde highlights?
But the World Cup can also bring hairstyle inspiration too with footballers showcasing their new summer trims for the world to see.
With that mind we've decided to create a World Cup haircut XI, with some of our favourite haircuts from this year's World Cup.
We've gone for a 3-4-3 ultra attacking side to bring some entertainment to the World Cup - here's our World Cup haircut starting 11 (plus subs and a manager).
GK - David De Gea
This will be one of the more controversial inclusions in the list as the "man bun" isn't for everybody, but we like the way De Gea rocks it with a taper on the back and sides and wears the bun correctly on the back of the head! David De Gea normally wears this with a wet slicked back look, and is likely styled with a medium to high shine water based pomade. So De Gea earns his spot as our 'keeper.
DEF - Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos would probably get in any list of footballers haircuts, and he's a man who likes to experiment with new styles. The buzz cut is well and truly back with a lot of guys at the World Cup going for it, and looks great paired with a short beard. Find out more about how to get the Sergio Ramos haircut here.
DEF - Toby Alderweireld
We recently did a vote on our Instagram for the best World Cup haircut and this was the man that came out on top. Toby Alderweireld has made this something of a signature haircut over the last year or so, and we have to say we're big fans too! The Belgian defender wears a slicked back pompadour with a high skin fade on the back and sides. Find out more about how to get the Alderweireld haircut here.
DEF - Nicolas Otamendi
The last man in our defence is Nicolas Otamendi. He may not be hitting the headlines with Argentina, but in the hair stakes he definitely warrants a place in our team. The Otamendi haircut is a short textured crop with a mid to high skin fade on the back and sides. He then pairs this with a short beard faded out through the side burns into the cheeks.
MF - Toni Kroos
Unlike a lot of gents in this list, the German midfield maestro isn't one who has experimented with a lot of styles recently. Toni Kroos keeps it simple with a style that really suits him! Kroos goes for around a high 1-2 fade on the back and sides with a side parting. He then wears the hair slicked on top, and is likely styled with a medium shine pomade.
MF - Paul Pogba
There is always a lot of conversation about Pogba's hair and whether it's a distraction, but all the talk is just because people expect so much of the talented midfielder. We like Pogba's haircut at this World Cup as he's kept it very simple, with no colour, but paired it with a clean pattern on the side. Even though he's kept it simple, that hasn't stopped the talk though as he flew his barber out to the World Cup.
Paul Pogba flies London barber out to Russia for 24-hour stay to cut the hair of 13 France players. pic.twitter.com/LX3XwKN8f3— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) June 20, 2018
MF - Phillipe Coutinho
Coutinho is already showcasing his talent at this World Cup and he's also showing off a hairstyle which really suits him. The former Liverpool man goes for a low skin fade on the back and sides with a side parting. He keeps this ultra clean and styles the top with a natural look.
MF - Ivan Rakitic
One of our favourite haircuts at this World Cup is that of Croatia and Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic. Rakitic is going for a high skin fade pompadour that he wears styled naturally with likely a matte paste or clay.
FWD - Lionel Messi
Messi seems to have really found a style that suits him. He's been going for similar classic styles over the last few years, and we definitely think the beard is a good look for him. He goes for a classic short back and sides with around 4-5 inches on top.
FWD - Cristiano Ronaldo
With Messi's Argentina struggling, Ronaldo is taking over at this World Cup. The marmite man, Cristiano is often either loved or hated and his hairstyles add to that for some. We really like the Cristiano Ronaldo haircut at this World Cup, as just like Pogba he's kept it very simple but with a little touch to make it stand out. Ronaldo is wearing a crew cut with a hard part. Find out more about how to get the Cristiano Ronaldo haircut here.
FWD - Radamel Falcao
This was a hard choice, with Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Harry Kane all just missing out. But the final spot in our World Cup haircut starting 11 goes to Colombia striker, Falcao. As we said in our Summer Trends blog, the undercut is well and truly back. And just like Falcao does, it will often be worn with a soft mid skin fade on the back and sides and kept looking natural on top. Find out more about how to get the Falcao haircut here.
As there were so many more great haircuts, we thought we'd also give you a bench of 7 haircuts that just narrowly missed out on the starting 11.
SUB - Harry Kane
Harry Kane has taken himself into the small group of world class strikers with his goal scoring capabilities starting to rival that of Ronaldo and Messi. And just like the latter, he's also wearing a more traditional haircut. Harry Kane goes for a classic swept back short back and sides scissor cut all over. Find out more about how to get the Harry Kane haircut here.
SUB - Mats Hummels
Another man on the list to wear a more traditional haircut, Mats Hummels really suits this messier short back and sides. Hummels hair is quite wavy on top and he wears it with around a number 4-5 on the back and sides.
SUB - Alex Iwobi
Nigeria are the neutral's team to win this World Cup after their kit and World Cup song took social media by storm. Alex Iwobi makes our bench with this great twist hairstyle. We've seen twists start to become more popular again recently with people like Kendrick Lamar.
SUB - Antoine Griezmann
One that would have made it into our starting 11, but we already had a lot of similar styles in there, so that is why Griezmann can only make the bench. The new buzz cut style really suits the Atletico Madrid man and when fresh is worn at around a number 3 all over. Find out more about how to get the Griezmann hairstyle here.
SUB - Alisson
The Brazil goalkeeper has also caused quite the stir on Twitter, with his chiselled good looks. We're big fans of this haircut because it's so simple and one that a lot of gents would wear! It's around a number 2 on the back and sides with a short textured top.
SUB - John Stones
The highly rated England man has had the quite the year, winning his first Premier League title under the guidance of Pep Guardiola. John Stones always wears a similar style as he wears the hair messy and slightly swept to the side or Tommy Shelby'esque and down with a fringe. He also wears this with a taper through the back and sides.
SUB - Olivier Giroud
It wouldn't be a haircut list without Olivier Giroud. The handsome Frenchman wears his hair in an undercut pompadour style. The sides are taken down to around a number 1-2 and the top is styled in a slicked pompadour look. He also pairs this with his medium length beard, that has been shaped up through the cheeks.
MANAGER - Herve Renard
There's only one man capable of leading this team of follicly glorious gents and that is, Morocco manager, Herve Renard. He has caused quite the stir on Twitter with his Hollywood heartthrob hair and therefore he's the man to take us to the World Cup crown.
How does Herve Renard find time to coach Morocco around his romance novel cover shoots pic.twitter.com/Dbni3bOsjD— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) June 15, 2018
Did your favourite World Cup haircut make the list?
What do you think of our Haircut XI? Let us know who your starting 11 would be or if we missed someone off this list in the comments down below.
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