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Ranking the craziest & most outrageous mullets in football: Bendtner, Waddle, Baggio…

Footballers are always some of the first to push the boat out with hairstyles, thus it’s no surprise to see that some of the game’s greats were ahead of the curve with the mullet trend that’s come back around.

We’ve seen it all in football, from the long locks like Beckham, to the short spikes and mohawks, and the quiff/headband combination that Jack Grealish has made so popular these days.

But somewhere between all that, the mullet has lay dormant until now. It’s taken over the world once again, so we thought we’d trawl the archives and rank the very best of the best when it comes to mullets in football.

14. Trifon Ivanov

The late Bulgarian famously donned his mullet at the 1994 World Cup and took it to a fourth-place finish with his team.

As they go it was a good effort, but nothing more. Little bit scraggly at times, but something you’d see these days at a bar where only independent brewed pints are sold and be in awe of.

Standards have dropped.

13. Mesut Ozil

Look, Mesut, we see the vision and when one is as creative as yourself, we can’t exactly judge. But it didn’t quite come off, did it?

While the silky German became the assist king with his refined style as he matured, young Schalke Ozil was trying to pair a party in the back with a mohawk on top and highlights that looked like they’d been done in the dark.

It’s chaotic and we love it, but it faces stiff competition in this list.

Gelsenkirchen, Germany. 07th July, 2006. Mesut Özil, pictured at the photo session of Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04

12. Ange Postecoglou

No, seriously.

Long before his days as a manager in Europe, Big Ange wowed with a pretty bloody good mullet. Never mind business in the front, party in the back – this is just all party.

Perhaps too much party, if anything.

11. Fernando Torres

Back in the glory days of the mid-2000s, when Total 90 boots ran the show and all was good with the world, a young Torres was trying his best to revive the mullet in 2004.

And while we appreciate the effort, the execution wasn’t all there. It’s textbook – short in the front, long in the back – but the undercut on the sides is a bit extreme. Did fades not exist back then? Almost brilliant.

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10. Neymar

Controversial, this, as there were plenty of times where Neymar’s hair has resembled a mohawk more than a mullet.

But in the early days of his career, it definitely counted as the latter. Straighteners out and everything to get it right. Mullet Neymar was a menace and we miss him dearly.

Brazil's Neymar.Brazil v Belarus During the Olympic 2012 Group C match at Old Trafford, Manchester United Kingdom on the 29th July 2012.

9. Gerry Francis

Astoundingly, the older Francis has got, the more outrageous his mullet has become.

The former QPR man rocks a seriously textbook mullet, extremely short in the front before flowing into a silvered main in the back.

He most definitely shouldn’t have it anymore at his age, but for how clean it is and his commitment to the cause, we’ll give him his flowers.

8. Cesc Fabregas

One of the greatest midfielders in the 21st century, it’s a bit mental to look back and accept that a 16-year-old Fabregas rocked up to Arsenal sporting the most absurd mullet one could imagine.

Seriously, it looked straight out of the 80s. Proper rockstar vibes. The kid strolled into Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal with a Billy Ray Cyrus-esque do, complete with highlights, and blossomed into one of the Premier League’s best midfielders. That’s how you do it.

7. Hector Bellerin

After leaving Arsenal, Bellerin didn’t just continue his ascent to becoming the coolest footballer alive – he transformed into Eddie Guerrero.

Upon returning to Spain, initially with Real Betis and then Barcelona, before heading back to Betis, there was a period where Bellerin sported a mullet so cool that only he could pull it off.

As it grew out, though, he simply ended up looking more and more like the late, great professional wrestler. Viva la raza.

 Hector Bellerin warms up prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Elche CF

6. Diego Maradona

We’re in Ballon d’Or mullet territory, now. There are no slouches from here on in, just pure chaos in the form of two haircuts merged together.

Maradona’s mullet – at its peak – was a big, dark, curly masterpiece. Perhaps lacked a bit of definition, but it suited him down to a tee.

Loses points for not quite being so textbook. And in this case, by textbook we mean horrendous looking. Maradona’s was too stylish. Belongs at a gig for a small, unheard-of band in Manchester.


5. Roberto Baggio

The Divine Ponytail himself, Baggio might’ve been the only person ever to think to combine an already absurd mullet with an even more strange ponytail hanging off the back of it.

When he wasn’t tying defenders up in knots or bagging free-kicks, your eyes would be drawn to the science experiment between his ears – and we don’t mean his brain.

Quite possibly the most unique take on the mullet in this list.

4. Nicklas Bendtner

Treading a very fine line between brilliant and absolute horror show is something Bendtner grappled with throughout his entire career, thus it’s nice to see him keep the mad bastard gimmick alive now he’s hung up the boots and Paddy Power boxers.

We’re actually surprised at how long it’s taken the Dane to go all out with his latest stunt and commit to a mullet, but the wait was worth it. The pay-off is outrageous. You know a mullet is spot on when you can’t decide if it’s brilliant or hideous.

Farty little hipster mullet you see at festivals and university towns? No chance. Bendtner’s gone full Waddle. A party all over. Just misses out on a podium due to lack of originality, but still a mightily commendable effort.

3. Barry Venison

It takes a special kind of mullet to eclipse the one that Venison rocked for the majority of his playing career.

Forget a party, the Englishman had a rave going on up there. Complete with blonde highlights and a swooping quiff, Venison’s gorgeous mane flowed down the back of his neck.

He looked like he’d walked straight out of Los Angeles. Or a wrestling ring. Or a standalone bar out in the middle of nowhere in North America.

2. Rudi Voller

A bleach blonde, permed mullet straight out of the 1980s, on an obscenely good footballer? Stop that, Rudi. Just stop it.

If a player rocked up to a game with a do like that these days, we’re fairly certain he’d be invited to walk at just about every fashion week possible for the next five years. The German was so unbelievably ahead of the curve it’s untrue.

Unfortunately for Voller, there’s one man – one mullet – that somehow eclipses his masterpiece.

1. Chris Waddle

If an alien came down from outer space and you asked them to draw a mullet, the first thing they’d draw is something akin to Waddle’s absolute monstrosity/work of art.

There will never be a mullet to top Waddle’s. It’s the textbook mullet. The pinnacle of mullets. Mulletmania. A mullet that could get you anywhere you wanted.

It’s absolutely hideous, but for that reason it brings a tear to your eye. Undisputed perfection. If you’re going to get a mullet, aim for this. Go big or go home.