Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Top Ten Haircuts

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Top Ten Haircuts

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Carlos Valderrama

He could play a bit, but the eruption of frizzy strawberry blonde hair warming his head is the reason we best remember Valderrama. The Colombian looked a little like Rudi Voller ( a surprise escapee from the top 10 ( if the German had been tempted to toy with electric sockets.

Roberto Baggio

The Divine Ponytail's most obvious contribution to World Cup history might be that missed penalty in the 1994 final shoot-out but pipping that incredible goal against Czechoslovakia at Italia 90 into second place is that rat's tail dangling down his neck. Italians stylish? Not this one.

3. Ronaldo

Ronaldo nipped into Hair Today Gone Tomorrow for a quick trim before the 2002 World Cup and all was going well until conversation came to settling up. Trouble was, Ronaldo only had plastic and, well, Cliptomania was a cash-only establishment. So Bernie the barber downed his scissors, leaving the final triangle of hair uncut. And so a fashion disaster was born. Maybe.

Clint Mathis

Mathis arrived in the Far East in 2002 with the reputation as a fashion-conscious kid and the World Cup was his catwalk. So, with a punk-rock Mohawk, the United States striker attracted more attention for his appearance than his performances, even if he did score against the Korean hosts. His club, Dallas Burn, later launched a competition, the 'Mohawk challenge', allowing free entry to fans with similar cuts. A nation wept.

Chris Waddle

The Waddle mullet had blighted English football for years, and in 1990 we let the world in on the Geordie's guilty secret. Missing a penalty in the semi-final against Germany paled against the damage Waddle had already done his country. A nation steeped in high fashion since the swinging sixties was now the laughing stock. His years in Marseille did little to mend the ways of the errant winger. …

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