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  • on 11.07.2011
  • at 02:27 PM
  • by KT

The ‘Bad Barnet All-Stars': 11 Worst Footballers’ Hairstyles

After seeing Joey Barton’s ‘Jedward-esque’ hairdo and Neymar’s impression of a cockatoo at the Copa America (above), we were inspired to try and compile our ‘Bad Barnet All-Stars;  a team made up of shockingly bad hairdos good enough to take on the world (and Nicky Clarke).

As Baddiel and Skinner tried to their best to destroy Jason Lee’s life, we figured he was too easy a target and therefore not worth of a place in our ‘Bad Barnet All-Stars’.

So here goes… Check out our 3-4-3 formation and  scroll down to see if we’ve made any glaring ommissons.

Goalkeeper

Rene Higuita

Rene Higuita

During his career, Colombian ‘keeper Rene Higuita was known as ‘El Loco’ (‘The Mad Man’) and was probably best known for his ‘scorpion kick’ save against England in a Friendly at Wembley in 1995. He won 68 caps for his national side but his eccentric style left him prone to the ‘odd error’, such as being tackled on the half-way line by Cameroon striker Roger Milla, who strolled through to score and put Columbia out of the 1990 World Cup. Rene, Rene…

 

Defenders

Taribo West

Taribo West

Taribo West won 41 caps for Nigeria and played for a host of European clubs including Auxurre, Inter Milan and AC Milan. Oh and Plymouth Argyle. He was a member of the national side that played in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups and also helped his side win the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Alexi Lalas

Alexi Lalas

Alexi Lalas was the first modern-era American footballer to play in the Italian Serie A when he signed for Padova after impressing in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He won 95 caps for the USA and currently has a host of jobs, ranging from working as a pundit for ESPN to lead vocalist in a band!. Lalas also plays part-time for Hollywood United FC, a team primarily made up of celebs and former pros. How very showbiz.

 

Abel Xavier

Abel Xavier

Abel Xavier played for 12 different clubs during his career, including spells at Everton, Liverpool and Middlesbrough. He was banned for 9 months in 2000 after berating a referee who had just awarding a penalty to France during golden goal extra time. He ended his career playing for Los Angeles Galaxy, choosing to retire after a spat with then Galaxy Manager Ruud Gullit.

 

Midfielders

Gerry Francis

Gerry Francis

Gerry Francis was most famous for his time at Queens Park Rangers, a club in which he had 2 playing spells and 2 managerial spells at the club. Although only playing 12 times for England he captained the side on 8 of those occasions, scoring 3 goals. Whilst many fans would say he is biased towards everything QPR, he is also inherently loyal to the mullet which has been with him for over 40 years.

 

Chris Waddle

Chris Waddle

Chris Waddle played over 60 times for his country but was best known for his flowing mullet. He played for a number of clubs including Newcastle, Tottenham and Marseille during his career. He released a single alongside Glenn Hoddle in the 1980’s, choosing to opt for stage-name ‘Glenn & Chris’ as opposed to the much catchier ‘Hoddle & Waddle. It is also a little-known fact that Waddle is the second cousin to Barry and Paul Elliott (aka the Chuckle brothers). How fitting.

 

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fàbregas completes our trio of midfield mullets, a style which he sported when he first joined Arsenal back in 2003 at the age of 16. Fàbregas starred in his very own TV programme in 2008, unoriginally titled “The Cesc Fàbregas Show”. Unsurprisingly, this was a one-off as the show featured several sketches with Arsenal team-mates and staff, including Philippe Senderos, Nicklas Bendtner, and coach Arsène Wenger. Oh dear…

 

Carlos Valderrama

Carlos Valderrama

Carlos Valderrama (C) is Colombia’s second most famous export thanks to his huge blond, perm. He failed to settle at club-level playing for an array of clubs throughout North and South America, and has a 22-foot tall bronze statue erected in his home-town of Santa Marta. Oh, and he is the most capped player in Colombia’s history and was twice named South American footballer of the year. So there.

 

Strikers

Roberto Baggio

Roberto Baggio

Roberto Baggio was-one of the finest players of his generation, winning the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993. He is the only Italian player ever to score in 3 consecutive World Cups and was aptly nicknamed ‘Il Divin Codino’, (The Divine Ponytail). Despite scoring 76 of his 91 penalties in Italy, he will be best remembered for missing the deciding penalty of the 1994 World Cup.

 

Ronaldo

Ronaldo

Ronaldo retired earlier this year at the age of 34 bringing an end to an illustrious career, having played at Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan. He is one of only two men to have won the FIFA Player of the Year award three times, along with Zinedine Zidane. He is the highest scoring World Cup player with 15 goals, though will forever be remembered for his ‘flop’ in the final of the 1998 World Cup; an uncharacteristically poor performance – the reasons for which are yet to be fully explained/understood.

 

Claudio Cannigia

Claudio Cannigia

Claudio Cannigia was a player who enjoyed the high-life, illustrated no better than when he was given a 13 month ban for taking cocaine in 1993. Despite that he seemed to be a cult hero wherever he went, scoring important goals for both club and country (including a goal to knock Brazil out of the 1990 World Cup, and a goal for Rangers in a Scottish Cup final, against Celtic… obviously). Cannigia is currently touring the Oldham/Bury area as the star of a Michael Bolton tribute act (probably).

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