Brazilian star Ronaldo Nazario won the 2002 World Cup in the Japan/South Korea tournament, but he has now apologised for his horrible haircut almost two decades later.
Before playing the semi-final match against Turkey, the striker shaved off all his hair apart from a small section at the front of his head.
In quotes carried by Sports Illustrated, Ronaldo has reflected upon the haircut as “horrible” before explaining: “I apologise to all mothers who saw their kids make the same haircut.”
He also explained the story behind the haircut – claiming that he had sustained a leg injury before the last four clashes, and he did the cut to avoid talking to the media.
“I saw my teammates and asked, ‘Do you like it?’ They said, ‘No, it’s horrible! Cut this off!’ But the journalists saw my haircut and forgot about the injury.”
Ronaldo Nazario is one of the few players to have played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. He scored 47 goals in 49 outings for Barcelona in the 1996-97 season and scored another 104 goals across 177 appearances for Real Madrid between 2002 and 2007. Overall, he has scored over 400 goals in his professional career.