Football today is synonymous with tattoos, every team has at least one player sporting some body art.
And such tattooed footballers have gone a great way in showing how awesome tattoos are to thousands of adhering fans. Check out these eight footballers whose love of ink has gone above and beyond others and brought wider appeal to an amazing art form!!
When you talk of tattoos and football the name of David Beckham stands head and shoulders above others! The dynamic midfielder almost single handedly got tattoos trending in the worlds most popular sport. A frequent client of legendary British tattoo artist Louis Molloy Beckham's body art includes the famous guardian angel on his back, the names of his children, a Christ like figure on his side and some fine black and grey sleeves!
When you speak of yourself in third person you are either unaware of correct English or you're an unbelievably talented footballer with a slight ego problem... Zlatan is most certainly the latter! The outrageous Swedish striker has played for the likes of Ajax, Juventus, Milan, Barcelona and currently leads the attack of Paris-Saint-Germain. Zlatan also loves tattoos, take a look and see for yourself... the red dragon on his ribs is a personal favourite.
The Danish born defender rose to prominence at Brondby before making a name for himself at Liverpool, strong, determined and skilful Agger is the perfect centre back, outside football Agger is equally as skilful with a tattoo machine! Yep the Danish defender is also a qualified tattoo artist!!! His own tattoos include an impressive collection of Viking themed work and a stunning black and grey back piece (as seen in the top image). Agger is the perfect example of what a tattooed footballer should be; totally awesome!!
Last summer saw the biggest event of the football calendar; the world cup! Arguably one of the best goalkeepers and players of the tournament Howard helped the USA to the round of 16, sadly he was on the losing side but not before making a record breaking 15 saves!!! With his upper body covered by his shirt Howard's ink rarely gets much public viewing. But thanks to PETA's "Ink, Not Mink" campaign Howard revealed his impressive body art, and my are we glad, Howard's tattoos are stunning.
Nigel De Jong
With a nickname like "The Destroyer" you can expect De Jong to be the guy most likely to bring you to the ground, and that is most certainly the case. The tough tackling Dutchman has played as a defensive midfielder for Ajax, Hamburg, Manchester City and now Milan. De Jong carries a reputation as a hard working player though it his tattoos that stand out to many. Unlike a lot of other footballers De Jong's ink has taken on a blend of geometric and tribal designs to create a truly awesome set of tattoos!
An all round midfield player Meireles began his career in his native Portugal before spells in England and now Turkey. An avid tattoo collector Meireles began his tattoo addiction at eighteen and hasn't looked back, his most impressive tattoo has got to be the large dragon on his back! He also has portraits of his daughter Lara and wife Ivone. A fellow tattoo lover Ivone shares her husbands passion and has a number of her own pieces of body art!
Currently in his seventh season at FC Barcelona Alves is one of the worlds best right backs and has collected an impressive number of trophies with three different teams and the Brazilian national squad, to be specific he has won an unbelievable 28 cups, leagues and tournaments! When he's not winning trophies Alves is probably adding to his already awesome collection of tattoos! Check out his brilliant body art below!
A well travelled striker Cisse has played for ten different teams in six different countries! He's also a Lord, while playing for Liverpool in 2005 Cisse purchased a house in the village of Frodsham and and in doing so became Lord of the Manor of Frodsham. Aside from tearing up defences and putting in the goals Cisse loves a good old tattoo. To be fair the most of his upper body is covered by ink.