The World Cup or the most elite competition in the football world always leaves a unique story in its every event. There are things that successfully steal the attention in every event held every 4 years. A little interesting throwback, exactly 16 years ago, the World Cup was held in 2002. Korea and Japan which were the successful hosts performed their duties well.
But this time we will not talk about those 2 biggest powers in Asia. There are a number of events that have become the spotlight of the football supporters, such as the most controversial match between South Korea and Italy and the ‘eccentric’ style of Ronaldo’s hair. Ronaldo Nazario de Lima successfully seized public attention with his hairstyle.
Ronaldo’s appearance was extraordinary at that time. Besides successfully delivering Brazil to the championship, this attacker who at that time played for Real Madrid successfully won the award of top scorer after managed to score eight goals throughout the tournament.
Despite his extraordinary appearance on the match, Ronaldo’s hairstyle was no less phenomenal. After winning over England in the quarter-finals, the Brazilian national team must face Turkey in the semifinal party. In that match, Ronaldo introduced his new hair. All eyes were immediately fixed on him. At that time Ronaldo surprisingly cut his hair with a very unique style. Since the beginning of the World Cup, Ronaldo appeared with his flagship hairstyle called a clean bald.
Ronaldo turned out to have his own reasons why he decided to use such hairstyle. According to him, he did it to make other people, especially the media, more busy talking about his hair than talking about his physical condition.
“My groin hurts and at that time my condition was only 60 percent, so I shaved my hair. Everyone talks about the injury that I got. When I arrived to train with such hair, everyone stopped talking about my injury, “Ronaldo said
As it was known, the player who had the nickname of Il Fenomeno was indeed recovering from a severe knee injury. Even he was doubted to be able to appear at the 2002 World Cup.
The first time he appeared publicly with such a hairstyle, the media immediately highlighted Ronaldo’s hair and forgot the injury he had experienced. It was proven to be effective after seeing how the media turned out to focus on his hairstyle until the end of the tournament.
Although the method successfully tricked the media, Ronaldo himself claimed that he did not like such a haircut at all. He claimed that his hairstyle was done only for changing the subject on the media.
“I have never been proud of that hairstyle. It’s a very strange model but it’s very good for changing the subject. “
After successfully ‘popularizing’ the unique appearance of his key hair, many children around the world imitate Ronaldo’s hairstyle. Because he once said that he did not like the hairstyle, the actions of those children who imitated his eccentric hairstyle made Ronaldo sad,
“Every time I meet children on the street with my haircut, I am very sad. That is not what I want. I don’t want them like that. “
Behind this unique story, Brazil successfully became the world champion after defeating Germany with a score of 2-0. Two Seleccao goals in the final party were scored by Ronaldo Luis Nazario De Lima.
After the World Cup ended, Ronaldo returned with his bald hairstyle. The 2002 World Cup was also the last moment for Ronaldo’s bald hairstyle.