The Best Footballer Player Ink Ever

Once upon a time, a footballer who sported a tattoo could be described as something of a rarity.

Vinnie Jones, the Hollywood superstar, boasted a couple of visible tattoos during the eighties and nineties,
as did English defender Stuart Pearce.
Both were tough figures and their ink went some way to fuelling that image.

Ink has now become more mainstream, with hundreds of players boasting tattoos.
Getting inked is now a fashion statement, not the result of spending your early years on a building
site or around a dockyard.
Many top footballers have such distinctive ink that it defines them as much as their football and
many are not stereotypical hardmen at all.

So, we have picked five top footballers who have some very iconic ink.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The controversial Swede is a born winner; he recently took to twitter to praise Michael Jordan’s documentary because he felt it was perfectly depicting what it was like to play with a winner.
He sets high standards for teammates and for himself, not just on the pitch but with his ink as well.
He made headlines when he revealed the names of 15 people suffering from hunger around the world tattooed on his body, but they were temporary.
Still, Zlatan has numerous designs all over his body, including the ‘Zlatan code’ on his right bicep, wrist and arm.

Each stands for a member of his family; his father Sefik, late brother Sapko, another brother Aleksander and the days on which his two sons Maximilian, nine, and Vince, eight, were born.
His sons make another appearance on top of his right arm in Arabic fonts. He also pays tribute to his father on his right bicep, where you can see ‘Sefik’ inked again.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling, like many young players these days, boasts plenty of ink, but one tattoo caused great controversy in 2018. He had a gun inked on his leg, something which caused an outcry in England.
He later defended the choice of design, claiming on Instagram it had a deeper meaning and that it paid tribute to his late father.

Sterling also has a large design on his upper left arm paying tribute to his daughter Melody, and another one on his upper left leg showing him giving his daughter a kiss, taken from a real image.


Neymar is widely believed to be one of the best players in the world, just behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He enjoys a high profile, not only having played for arguably the best club side in the world, Barcelona, but also the best international team, too. Bwin News
reveals that Brazil are the most successful international team on the planet, yet Neymar has not lifted a major title with Selecao. Despite that, he is still set to command a huge transfer fee when he leaves Paris St. Germain.

The tricky winger has around 50 different tattoos.
One, on his chest, says “Toda arma, E toda língua, Bola que é sua, Que não é sua,” which is a saying
he utters before every game. He also has a huge portrait of his sister, Rafaella Santos, on his left arm.
He describes her as his ‘best friend’.

Radja Nainggolan

The Belgian midfielder has a unique style which is perfectly suited to ink.
Whilst Nainggolan’s career has taken a bit of a dive in recent years, he is still unmistakable whenever
he steps out onto the pitch.

Two of the most notable designs are a flower on his neck and heart and wings on the back of his neck.
The 32-year-old is a fan of flower designs and these represent his sister, Riana, his father, Marius,
and his mother, Lizi.

Sergio Ramos

34-year-old Ramos has appeared more than 600 times for Real Madrid, winning four Champions Leagues,
as well as two European Championships and a World Cup with Spain.
A recent poll on Facebook suggested 55% of fans would still rather have him lead their
team than Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, proving he is still a great of Spanish football.

He is also covered in ink, many of the designs representing his faith and referring to Christianity.
He does boast trophies on the rear of either calf, the World Cup on one and the Champions League on the other,
for obvious reasons.

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