During the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, there was another headline news item besides who slayed who on the pitch: Brazilian maestro Ronaldo’s haircut.
He stepped onto the pitch donning a piece of barbering adventure that would be aped by fans the world over – hair cropped close to the scalp, save for bristles resting on the forehead in a concave-triangular pattern.
It was fashion- Ronaldo’s fashion. But it also had form. “I had an injury in my leg and everybody was talking about that. I decided to cut my hair and leave the small thing there,” he revealed later.
Now, the haircut has made a rebound. Everton star Richarlison de Andrade, who is Ronaldo’s country-mate has adopted it. A Twitter post that has gone viral shows Manchester City goalkeeper- and fellow Brazilian- Ederson Moraes giving Richarlison the legendary haircut.
In 2002 World Cup, Ronaldo led his team to the fifth title, and won the Golden Boot award. It remains to be seen whether Richarlison will tap into the ‘magic’ of this hairstyle and steer Everton into the English Premier League title they last won in the 1986/87 season.