These players set the style quotient both on and off the field.
Celebrities and athletes have always been a yardstick to measure style and fashion, even when it comes to your hair! Professional footballers are placed on this dais as well. You might be aware of Paul Pogba’s weekly haircuts, or even some iconic and cool hairstyles donned by the likes of David Beckham, Neymar and more!
Now’s the time to take inspiration from the men and women from our own backyard, who have maintained their style with every touch of the ball as well as their hairstyles. Khel Now brings you the top 10 Indian footballers who have cool hairstyles in the game.
10. Mohammad Nawaz
First on our list is Mumbai City FC’s shot-stopper Mohammad Nawaz. When he is not busy saving penalties from the Indian captain or making finger-tip saves, you can find him donning a clean-faded haircut, which almost gives him a schoolboy look. Don’t go by his well-behaved looks, as he can very well be an annoyance to opposition attackers.
9. Liston Colaco
This youngster has risen through the ranks of Indian football quite quickly after showing his prowess for the Mariners in the Indian Super League. If his long-range shots and quick feet impress you, wait till you see his hairstyle.
Liston Colaco dons a pompadour-style haircut, which certainly adds more volume to it. With five goals and an assist in 12 games, you can expect him to wow us with his skills some more.
8. Manisha Kalyan
The young striker who was part of the Indian contingent at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup has a sort of a fringe with coloured streaks. Sometimes, she also ties a hairband so that she can keep the strands from blocking her view, while she’s dribbling past defenders.
Apart from winning the AIFF Women’s Emerging Footballer of the Year, she became the first Indian to score against the Brazil national team.
7. Dheeraj Singh
Another goalkeeper who has a clean cut is FC Goa’s Dheeraj Singh. His head of hair resembles an almost taper fade-like style, which gives him a clean and proper look when combed properly.
Last year, he was named in the AFC Champion’s League Team of the Tournament and became the first Indian to achieve the feat.
6. Jackichand Singh
The veteran winger might be some years older than others on this list, but Jackichand never fails to maintain the style. He tends to mix it up when it comes to his haircuts, just like choosing which foot to shoot from. For the most part of his career, he has been donning a head full of spiky hair, with certain tinges of a fade. Jackichand is one of those Indian footballers who have always made fashion statements with cool hairstyles.
5. Chinglensana Singh
The Hyderabad FC defender has not only bettered his playing style over the years, but also his hairstyle! Nowadays, he is seen with silky flowing hair up to his shoulders, which is supported by a thin hairband. You are almost reminded of a young Sergio Ramos, who would don that long hair looks back in the early 2000s.
4. Anirudh Thapa
The Chennaiyin FC skipper has been toiling hard this season to keep his team’s hopes for a top-four finish intact. Apart from his heroics on the field, hairstyle connoisseurs would very much appreciate his mix of blowout and fade hairstyles.
3. Anju Tamang
The Women’s national team midfielder sports a funky hairstyle. It includes blond spikes, which one can say are sideways. Sometimes, she also straightens the strands, but the overall aesthetic is pretty immaculate.
2. Sahal Abdul Samad
The young player who plies his trade for Kerala Blasters might not have the most exotic hairstyle but a simple fade, coupled with his stylish goatee makes him look quite good. So, it makes sure he looks the part when he is working his magic in the middle of the park.
1. Sumit Rathi
Among the Indian footballers with cool hairstyles, Sumit Rathi will surely be at the top. The ATKMB defender can be seen pulling off an undercut, with the sides completely cut. There’s also a small cut in the middle of the forehead, which adds a bit of pizzazz to his overall style!