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Ronaldo Reveals The Reason He Had THAT Haircut At The 2002 World Cup

Ronaldo Reveals The Reason He Had THAT Haircut At The 2002 World Cup

The 2002 World Cup was a memorable tournament that threw out many surprises. South Korea beat Italy, Spain and Portugal to reach the semi-finals, France and Argentina were eliminated in the group stages, and Manchester United captain Roy Keane was sent home from camp after having a massive row with Ireland manager Mick McCarthy.

But, despite of all this, perhaps the most spectacular surprise of all was Brazilian star Ronaldo's extraordinary new hairstyle.

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Another legend known for his haircuts was David Beckham, check out this history of Beck's hairstyles:

Ronaldo, who helped his side win the tournament with a remarkable eight goals, has now revealed that he donned that famous style to draw attention from a leg injury he was harbouring.

The then 25-year-old attacker was considered the best player in the world at the time and the topic of Ronaldo's performance in the tournament were widely discussed in the press and by supporters alike - something which the goal-getter was apparently unhappy with.

So Ronaldo decided that the best way to deter attention away from his bad leg was to do the extreme and shave most of his hair off, just leaving a tiny area of hair above his forehead.

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"I decided to cut my hair and leave the small thing there. I come to training and everybody saw me with bad hair," Ronaldo reportedly said.

"Everybody was talking about the hair and forgot about the injury. I could stay more calm and relaxed and focused on my training."

Ronaldo celebrates his goal in the final. Image: PA Images.
Ronaldo celebrates his goal in the final. Image: PA Images.
Ronaldo with the trophy. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo with the trophy. Image: PA Images

It's not a bad idea. Should you ever find yourself in the centre of unwanted attention or in trouble at work, try growing a mullet or simply shave most of your hair off like Ronaldo, that'll surely stop people from focusing on you.

However, the former Real Madrid superstar revealed that in hindsight his decision to change his look was not the best idea.

"I'm not proud about the hair itself because it was pretty strange. But it was a good way to change the subject."

You might not have been proud, Ronaldo, but everyone else thought the hair was fantastic.

Words by Jacque Talbot

Topics: South Korea, Ronaldo, 2002 World Cup, World Cup, Brazil

 

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