Beckham, Bellerin, Dele and Hart among world’s greatest footballers with world’s worst tattoos


THEY say money can’t buy you taste.

And for all the millions today’s top flight footballers make, it appears that mantra has never been more true than when applied to tattoos.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart is the latest footballer to get an eyesore of a tattoo
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Goalkeeper Joe Hart is the latest footballer to get an eyesore of a tattoo[/caption]

Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart proved this recently with the massive block of ink across his right shoulder.

And not even the unofficial King of Cool David Beckham is immune to an occasional style blunder.

Here’s a look at some of the worst around.

Dele Alli

Dele Alli has a tattoo of Bamm Bamm from the Flinstones on his forearm

Look past the gold bling and you will see Spurs star Alli’s permanent tribute to Bamm Bamm from the Flinstones.

A somewhat unconventional choice, Alli – whose first name is Bamidele – is thought to have got it because his nickname is Bam Bam.

David Beckham

England Becks has an intricate grouping of plants inked on his head
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A fashion icon the world over and hugely admired midfielder, we’ll let Becks off for this one given he’s barely put a foot wrong in the past, apart from that sarong, those cornrows and that all-leather get-up…

Beckham has more than 40 tattoos but this one is probably the strangest, not least because of where it is.

Sergio Aguero

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Man City’s Sergio Aguero isn’t quite sure what his Lord of the Rings tattoo says[/caption]

Those are not hieroglyphics down the prolific striker’s forearm but the Elvish language from Lord of the Rings.

Aguero must be a pretty big fan of the film, then, huh? Er, no. But he must at least know what it means? Nope – he hasn’t even seen the movie.

Hector Bellerin

Hector Bellerin has the word ‘two’ tattooed on his leg to match his shirt number
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When he’s not flaunting questionable clobber at fashion shows, Bellerin likes to pose in retro-style photos, get tattoos and play football.

Here, he dedicates his commitment to the Arsenal cause by getting his shirt number permanently etched on his thigh.

Erik Lamela

Lamela has a tattoo of a dog on his thigh

Dodgy tattoos have no allegiance and could not care less about who rules North London.

Lamela’s tattoo proves just as much, with it coming on his thigh – like Bellerin’s – and being just as bad. Although plus points for it being a lovable dog.

Artur Boruc

Words cannot do justice to just how bad the Bournemouth keeper’s monkey tattoo is
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Just awful.

No. Not even doing a ‘monkeying around’ pun for this.

Eljero Elia

Eljero Elia spelled Feyenoord incorrectly and got the date of his Cup final win as May 24 rather than April 24


Spell the name of your club incorrectly? Check. Get the date wrong of the final you played in and won? Check.

Feyenoord winger Elia had a stinker with this tattoo back in 2016, but got it corrected to display the correct details.

Uros Vitas

Vitos’ inking was a nice thought… but should have remained just a thought

Fair play to Serbian defender Vitas for showing off the love of his life, Andrijana, in tattoo form.

Shame it looked so horrendous.

Marcelo Brozovic

Brozovic’s weird hand tattoo is one of a kind
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Inter midfielder Brozovic got this ‘epic Brozo’ tattoo to match his equally epic celebration whenever he scores.

Not only is it in a peculiar position on the top of his hand, he also opened a bar in his native Croatia with the name Epic Brozo and, yep, you guessed it, an image of the winking face.

Amato Ciciretti


How will Amato Ciciretti’s social media tattoo have aged by the time he’s 50?[/caption]

He is the journeyman Italian on loan to Ascoli in Serie B, but Ciciretti must be social media famous to go to the lengths of having his Twitter handle tattooed on his calf?

Surprisingly, no. Instead, the 25-year-old has just 2,374 followers, has tweeted just 31 times and his last came almost two years ago. Any regrets, Amato?

Nile Ranger

Nile Ranger is among the footballers with the world’s worst tattoos
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Nile Ranger got his surname tattooed across his head[/caption]

Perhaps it was just in case he forgot. Nile Ranger – or, as the tattoo would suggest, Nile Ranges – went through the unnecessary pain of having his surname printed above his eye.

To be fair to the man who has a smiley face tattooed inside his mouth, there wasn’t much space left on the rest of his body.

Layvin Kurzawa

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The belly-button should have one job, and one job only[/caption]

Not quite as bad as Boruc, but here’s another footballer who mistook the belly-button’s purpose for postnatal artwork.

Paris Saint-Germain’s left-back needs to keep his shirt on with the terrifying face on his stomach.

Daniele de Rossi


Italian midfielder sent a message to opponents with his calf tattoo[/caption]

At first glance, the Italian’s calf looks more like it should be placed outside the gents’ loo.

Instead, De Rossi’s hazard warning tattoo backs up his hardman image as the tough-tackling midfielder snapping at opponent’s ankles.

Marko Arnautovic

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Marko Arnautovic could not quite decide which font to have[/caption]

A message of motivation is blazoned across the West Ham forward’s stomach.

The problem is Arnautovic seemed as certain about the font he wanted for the tattoo as he was about which club he’d be playing for in January.

Mauro Junior

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An iconic image with a motivational message?[/caption]

There was, perhaps, an oversight when PSV’s young midfielder got a famous image tattooed down his left forearm.

Some will see King Arthur attempting to pull the legendary sword from a stone. Others? Well, we’ll leave that to you..

Ricardo Quaresma

Chelsea flop Ricardo Quaresma has some questionable facial tattoos[/caption]

Is there something the former Porto and Chelsea man needs to tell us?

In most quarters, teardrop tattoos tend to signify the amount of people the wearer had killed in prison. Quaresma’s short stay at Stamford Bridge didn’t include much lethal work.

Jay Bothroyd


Do you love it or hate it?[/caption]

On first look, the former England striker appears to have a random arsenal pictured down his ribs.

Tilt you head slightly and the weapons just about spell out the word ‘love’. Awe?




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