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Ronaldo apologises for THAT awful haircut before his 2002 World Cup final heroics

Ronaldo apologises ‘to all mothers’ for THAT awful haircut which inspired school kids to copy his 2002 World Cup style… but claims he did it to divert attention away from his fitness after an injury in the semis before leading Brazil to glory

  • Ronaldo was Brazil’s hero in 2002 as they won the World Cup for the fifth time
  • But before the final against Germany he revealed an awful haircut to the world
  • Now, the legendary Brazil forward admits that it was not a good look for him 

Almost 20 years later, legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo has finally admitted what we were all thinking about his haircut for the 2002 World Cup final.

Ronaldo had been in electrifying form all tournament as Brazil made it to the showpiece event in Japan and South Korea in 2002, but ahead of the final against Germany he decided to shave his hair off… aside from his fringe.

It didn’t look too good then, and the man himself admits it doesn’t look very good when he looks back on it now, either – but fortunately, he sees the funny side.

Brazil striker Ronaldo’s haircut was a major talking point around the 2002 World Cup final

Ronaldo scored twice in the final against Germany as Brazil clinched a historic 2-0 victory

Ronaldo scored twice in the final against Germany as Brazil clinched a historic 2-0 victory

‘It was horrible!’ Ronaldo told Sports Illustrated. ‘I apologise to all the mothers who saw their children get the same haircut.’

Children across the globe copied the man of the moment’s look, not just those back home in his native Brazil.

But interestingly, there was a method behind the madness. Ronaldo revealed that in Brazil’s semi-final victory against Turkey, where he scored the only goal, he sustained a minor muscle injury.

The haircut, he claimed, was a diversion tactic to stop people talking about his fitness. 

A child in Brazil in 2002 pictured copying Ronaldo's image

It wasn't just children in Brazil who copied Ronaldo - this boy in Shanghai followed suit back in 2002

Children across the globe quickly copied the man of the moment’s look for the final

Ronaldo has apologised to 'all the mothers who saw their children get the same haircut'

Ronaldo has apologised to ‘all the mothers who saw their children get the same haircut’ 

‘The journalists forgot about the injury,’ he added. “I saw my team-mates and I asked them, “Do you like it?” And they said, “No, it’s horrible! Cut this off”. But the journalists saw my haircut and forgot about the injury.’

It certainly worked, but Ronaldo could never have anticipated the extent, considering how much he is still asked about it. 

Fortunately for both Ronaldo and Brazil, no injury or hair cut could stop them and the striker scored twice in the second half to defeat Germany 2-0 in the World Cup final.

Ronaldo also finished the tournament as top scorer with a tally of eight goals, meaning he won the Golden Boot as well. 

Ronaldo was sensational throughout the tournament and was the top scorer with eight goals

Ronaldo was sensational throughout the tournament and was the top scorer with eight goals

Now, Ronaldo is the owner of Spanish LaLiga club Real Valladolid who are 16th in the table

Now, Ronaldo is the owner of Spanish LaLiga club Real Valladolid who are 16th in the table

The triumph remains Brazil’s most recent World Cup glory with five wins across their history.

Nowadays, Ronaldo owns Spanish side Real Valladolid who are currently 16th in the La Liga standings, four points above the relegation zone. 

Once the international break is over, their season resumes with a clash against Lionel Messi and Barcelona on Monday, April 5. 



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