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.
‘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.