Euro 2012 – Coolest Curly Hair?

Rogelio brings you the Top 5 coolest curly hair manes of the Euro 2012 that has just finished. Read and tell us which one of the following 5 soccer players with curly hair you think should be crowned as the Euro 2012’s King of the Curls!


I have been following the Euro 2012 soccer tournament since it started as I am a bit of a soccer fan. Of course, I could not help but notice some pretty awesome curly manes that some of the footballers were sporting. It is a well known fact that most soccer players with curly hair prefer to keep it buzzed and it is only those with straight hair that grow it a bit. Since I am not THAT old, the first soccer player that springs to mind who sported an awesome head of curly hair on the field was Italian superstar Paolo Maldini. With his Type I curly hair (waves), Mr. Maldini was one of the best soccer players in his time, playing for A.C Milan for all his career.


Paolo maldini with his curly wavy long hair next to David Beckham

Paolo Maldini (on the right) was known for his long wavy locks which drove women crazy (David Beckham is on the left)

Credit: CLF


So, since the Euro 2012 has just finished with Spain humiliating Italy in the final with a 4-0 score, I decided to follow up the ending of the tournament with the top 5 coolest curly manes I saw on the field. I will leave it up to you to decide who you think should be Manly Curls’ own King of the Curls of the Euro 2012, so leave your comment below to tell us who of the 5 players below deserves to be crowned as the footballer with the coolest curls of the Euro 2012. You all ready?


Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo with his wavy curly hair during the Euro 2012

With his Type II curly hair, Cristiano Ronaldo kept the Side Swept as his insignia hairstyle during the Euro 2012. Ronaldo is known for using hair gel to fix his hair in place with Side Swepts and Metro Mullets. His team (Portugal) was knocked out in the semi-final by Spain.


Fernando Llorente

Fernando Llorente with his curly hair during the Euro 2012

Spanish Fernando Llorente didn’t play a minute of the Euro 2012 despite being in the 23 man squad for the tournament. A strong forward, Llorente would attend interviews with his Type I curls lifted up with hair mousse, creating the illusion of a lion’s mane. Fernando Llorente is known as a “ladies man” in Spain due to his golden locks (which he has worn longer than he has in the Euro 2012).


Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo with his wavy curly hair during the Euro 2012

Known for his Type I long length curls styled in a Jim Morrison hairstyle, Andrea Pirlo is a great footballer with class and style both inside and outside the football field. While Italy has lost against Spain in the final of the tournament, Andrea Pirlo has shown his world-class quality throughout the Euro 2012 and was easy to spot on the pitch with his bouncing golden curls.


Andriy Pyatov 

Andriy Pyatov with his curly hair during the Euro 2012

Andriy Pyatov is a Ukranian goalkeeper whom despite not passing the group stage of the Euro 2012, stood out for his character and his curly hair. Styled in a very loose manner, his curly hair cannot be grown longer because when curly hair becomes wet with sweat, it hangs down and impairs the player’s visibility, an aspect which is crucial to all goalkeepers.


Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli with his curly hair during the Euro 2012

And, of course, last but not least, Super Mario aka Mario Balotelli. The Italian forward is known for all the funky hairstyles he likes to sport for his Type V curly hair. For the Euro 2012, Mario Balotelli decided to sport a crest hairstyle akin to a Mohawk but with a shorter crest. Then, he decided to dye it blonde. Epic.

Ok gentlemen, I now pass the ball to you. Which is to you the coolest set of curls of the Euro 2012? Vote by leaving your comment below with your chosen player, we want to hear your opinion! On Friday, we will count the votes and we’ll crown our Euro 2012’s King of the Curls, a title that is up there with actually winning the Euro 2012 too (you know…).

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All the best,


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19 comments for “Euro 2012 – Coolest Curly Hair?

  1. Rogelio
    July 7, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Well, we have a clear “King of the Curls” of the Euro 2012: Andrea Pirlo!

    The Italian footballer has been crowned “King of the Curls” with 11 comments out of 15 in 4 days. Clearly favorable, his smooth Type I curls styled in a Jim Morrison hairstyle looked great on the field and exuded class and elegance, so I’m not surprised of the consensus.

    The total voting/comments has ended up like this:

    Andrea Pirlo: 11
    Fernando Llorente: 2
    Mario Balotelli: 1
    Andriy Pyatov: 1
    Cristiano Ronaldo: 0

    I’ll be dedicating an article to Andrea Pirlo so stay tuned. Thank you all for your comments, it has been fun decidign who would be the Euro 2012’s “King of the Curls”!

  2. Iana
    July 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Curly girl here, I hope I am not too late :) My vote goes for Fernando Llorente, he is a hottie and I think he has an original hairstyle for his wavy hair!

  3. Antoine
    July 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Jumping in just in time to give my vote: Andrea Pirlo!

  4. Curly dude
    July 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Count me in for Pirlo, is the voting closing today?

    • ahmed
      July 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      I am 99% positive it finishes today at 11 gmt, think he mentioned it in one of his tweets or on his other site.
      While I’m at it, Pirlo gets my vote too!

      • Rogelio
        July 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        Correct, 11PM at GMT, so in about 1 hour. Thanks for helping him out Ahmed!

        Looks like Pirlo is going to win by a majority.

  5. Chris
    July 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Another vote for Andrea Pirlo. i share the same sentiment as to what someone else said on your site about Ronaldo, I normally dig his hairstyles but was not digging his side swept on this Euro 2012. I think more modern hairstyles like your metro mullet suit him better.

  6. Afroman
    July 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    While I have Type V curls like Balotelli, I have to agree that Andrea Pirlo’s curls look great. I googled him as I didn’t know him and he does have well kept curly hair regardless of the situation. I give him my vote.
    Great site by the way.

  7. Spain 4 Italy 0!!
    July 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Andrea Pirlo for how smooth his locks looked during games.
    What country were you siding with during the Euro 2012 Rogelio? Come on man, I know you ain’t very vocal about these things after reading your Clasico articles but you must have had a favorite! :P

    • Rogelio
      July 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      LOL well, I was going with Ireland. I’ve always had a thing for Ireland ever since I lived in Dublin and their fans were the best of the tournament.

      In terms of beauty of play, well, Spain and in particular, the great Andres Iniesta.

      All the best.

  8. Coiled bro
    July 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Pirlo, no doubts.

  9. Rogelio
    July 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for voting so far!

    I agree with Pirlo, great waves and style (I give him my vote). While not during the Euro 2012, Fernando Llorente has sported some great wavy locks in the past too.

    I am also doing a similar voting over at Men’s Hair Blog to decide who had the coolest hairstyle at the Euro 2012. Feel free to vote too

    Keep the votes coming, gentlemen!

  10. Keith
    July 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Pirlo, very nicely kept curly wavy locks. He was also one of the best players of the tournament too.

  11. Barsa_fan
    July 3, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Andriy Pyatov’s curls for the win!
    Rogelio, would his curly hair be a Type III? Thanks.

    • Rogelio
      July 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Yes, a clear Type III curl head!

      All the best.

  12. Jason Thomas
    July 3, 2012 at 12:18 am

    In this order: Llorente, Ronaldo and then Pirlo.

    Great site dude. I follow the Spanish soccer league and know of Llorente’s ladiesman reputation LOL the guy has a great curly mane, that’s for sure!


  13. Cali dude
    July 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Agree with Pirlo, he was a great wavy mane.

  14. T-Rex
    July 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Andrea Pirlo, he has great waves and that jim morrison hairstyle suits him very well.

  15. Cedric
    July 2, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Mario Balotelli!

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