At some point in every man’s life, there will come a time when he will catch a glimpse of his reflection and suddenly realize, “Someone is stealing my hair.” At least, that’s one way to take it when the revelation that the balding has begun. But fear not! For out there in the soccer world are 20 heroes who stare hair loss in the face and think, “You will not beat me. I will grow stronger. I will score goals. Most importantly, I will not get a hair transplant.”
Speaking of, in compiling this assembly of heroes, there were some immediate criteria that needed to be put in place. Firstly, it wasn’t essential that these gentlemen be completely bald, only that there be obvious symptoms of hair loss taking place. Then came the disqualifications: first to be removed were those who fought hair loss using science (Wayne Rooney and Wesley Snjeider, for example). Next up were those individuals who rocked shaved heads despite being able to sport a full mane if desired (David Beckham, Roberto Carlos and Fabio Cannavaro). That said, individuals who identified the developing situation and eradicated it via trimmer still qualify (Esteban Cambiasso and Tim Howard). Lastly, no shapes of any kind will be found here; Ronaldo circa 2002 may have been balding, but the triangle on his forehead made it impossible to notice.
With those criteria in place, we scoured the Internet to find the 20 greatest examples of baldness in soccer. These are men who did not go gently into that no-haired night, but instead stayed the course, scored goals, and won silverware, even as their goal tallies went in the opposite direction to their follicle counts.