List of the top ten footballers with long hair in the world

List of the top ten footballers with long hair in the world

Kenneth Mwenda
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:13 PM

Numerous well known soccer players with long hair have appeared throughout history. Long hair is not only fashionable, but it embraces the athletes' individuality.

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Top 10 soccer players with the most beautiful long hair. Photo: James Williamson/ Michael Bulderr/Rich Linley
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This article enlists various players across the world who enjoy having long hair. It also goes further to explain why these players prefer having them. It constitutes players from significant leagues in the world.

Top male footballers with long hair in 2022

This stylish hairstyle has been seen worn by many legendary soccer players from different leagues. The best ten players with this hairstyle have been listed below.

10. Marcelo

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Marcelo of Real Madrid acknowledges the fans during celebrations at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after winning the UEFA Champions League Final on May 29, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Diego Souto.
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Marcelo is one of the most decorated and skilful full-backs in the history of football. The former Real Madrid footballer's curly hairdo has for long been most recognized as his best hairstyle. The Brazilian is one of the black footballers who love rocking long hair.

Marcelo played an integral part in Madrid's team where he won five UEFA Champions League trophies. He joined Olympiacos on a free transfer after a long spell with the Spanish giants.

9. Hector Bellerin

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Hector Bellerin of FC Barcelona looks on during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Elche CF at Spotify Camp Nou on September 17, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: Eric Alonso
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Another player with long hair is the former Arsenal full-back. The Spaniard currently rocks middle partition long hair. The player has won several trophies with the English team, including his name appearing in the season's PFA Team of the Year during the 2015 - 2016 season.

On 31 August 2021, Bellerín returned to Spain after a decade, joining Real Betis on a season-long loan. He spent the whole season with the team before the Gunners terminated his contract in early September 2022. The Spaniard later signed a long-term deal with the LaLiga champions, Barcelona.

8. Darwin Nunes

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Darwin Nunez of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Liverpool FC and Rangers FC at Anfield on October 4, 2022 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt
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Darwin Nunes is an Uruguayan footballer who signed for Liverpool as one of the big-money signings under Jurgen Klopp ahead of the 2022/23 soccer season. Therefore, it is only fitting that the striker, who has been seen sporting long hair during the Reds' preseason excursions, should be included on the list of the top long-haired Premier League footballers in 2022.

He is one of the acquisitions that will be closely observed in the 2022 campaign because of the expectations he is anticipated to offer at Anfield. His first season at Anfield has not been a breeze for him.

7. Erling Haaland

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Manchester City's Erling Haaland during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton FC at Etihad Stadium on October 8, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Photo: Rich Linley
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Football players do not often have hair as Erling Haaland does. The Norwegian striker has adapted well to life in the Premier League with Manchester City in his first season.

He already had 14 goals and three assists in his first 9 games. He became the fastest player to score a hat-trick as well as the first City player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League derby.

He has also performed admirably for the Citizens in the UEFA Champions League. Even though it is still early, everyone agrees that under Pep Guardiola, Haaland will only improve and post devastating numbers. He is undoubtedly among the top soccer players with long hair on our list.

6 Luka Modric

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Luka Modric during La Liga match between Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid at Civitas Metropolitano on September 18, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Rubén de la Fuente Pérez
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Luka Modric is also one of the best male footballers with long hair in the world. The Croatian has cemented both his club and national team football legacies.

At 35 years old, Modric still holds Real Madrid's midfield with ease. He is typically a deep-lying playmaker in centre midfield, though he can also play as an attacking or defensive midfielder. Croatia's captain has also had a significant impact on a number of Champions League challenges for the Los Blancos.

5. Marc Cucurella

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Marc Cucurella of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League match between Chelsea FC and FC Salzburg at Stamford Bridge on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Photo: James Williamson
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The thrilling Spanish left-back joined Premier League team Chelsea in the summer of 2022 after leaving Brighton and Hove Albion. At Brighton, the Spanish full-back was a regular starter and among the finest young defenders in the Premier League in the 2021–2022 campaign.

One famous characteristic that makes the player stand out and remain noticeable while playing for Chelsea is the length and current style of his hair. He also won the Brighton and Hove Albion Player of the Year award in 2022.

4. Virgil Van Dijk

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Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Ajax at Anfield on September 13, 2022 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Photo: Michael Bulderr
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This list had to include Liverpool's imposing Dutch centre-back. Under German manager Jurgen Klopp, Van Dijk has shown to be a difficult opponent for forwards in the 18-yard box. The former Southampton defender has been pivotal to Klopp's team.

He has seen the team soar high especially winning the Champions and the Premier League after a 30-year dry spell of the title at Anfield. With fashionable long hair that clearly identifies him as a member of the elite league team, the defender is one of the best male football players.

3. Edinson Cavani

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Edinson Cavani of Uruguay celebrates after scoring during the international friendly match between Uruguay and Panama at Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. Photo: Sandro Pereyrar
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Edinson Cavani is an Uruguayan professional football player who competes for Valencia and his country's squad. He is referred to as a "modern striker" and typically plays as a centre-forward, though he can also play as a winger and a supporting striker.

The former Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain player has been on top of his career for an extended period. He is known for his iconic "sniper" celebration whenever he bags a goal.

The striker is known also by his nickname, 'EL- MATADOR'. Cavani's long hair is either wavy or coiled for its type. Arguably he is one of the most lethal strikers ever to play football in major leagues.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic warm up prior to the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and AC Milan at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on May 22, 2022 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy. Photo: Sportinfoto/vi/DeFod
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The tall senior striker has been imposing and much contributed to AC Milan's Serie A victory in the 2021–2022 season. Despite his advanced age, he is still among the finest in the game and has endured the test of time across many nations.

The Sweden international also has helped his country's team during the world cup and the Euros. He has an iconic hairstyle of a male footballer, and it fits him so well, being a mark of identity.

1. Gareth Bale

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Gareth Bale of Wales during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 4 match between Wales and Poland at Cardiff City Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. Photo: Matthew Ashton
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Bale is renowned for his incredible pace and highly physical kind of play. The Welsh soccer hero had a stellar career and has won numerous titles, including the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup with Real Madrid. He is currently a winger at Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer.

Long hair is arguably one of the most iconic hairstyles one would consider having, especially for male footballers. The classic hairdo has gained popularity amongst the top football players and it fits in so well with these players making them easily noticeable.

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Kenneth Mwenda is a business and sports writer with over five years of experience. At Sportsbrief, he contributes to writing biographies and listicles.