Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho clearly loves having a thick head of hair at 54 years of age. He also doesn't let an opportunity to discuss his opponents' hair loss
First he took aim at his rumoured Spanish football nemesis, Pep Guardiola
, the current manager of Manchester City. Now, Antonio Conte
- the league-winning Chelsea FC manager - is in the firing line.
Antonio Conte (above) pictured before and after his hair transplant, and Jose Mourinho (below)
Not 'losing hair' over it
Conte is, of course, the Italian coach who took over at Chelsea after Mourinho was sacked due to poor performance in the 2015/16 season. This was a season that saw the West London team go from winning the Premiership to finishing in tenth place with no European football placing for the first time in many years. After leading them back to the top of the Premiership and an FA Cup final in his first season, Conte has been speaking to the press ahead of his all-important second run.
According to reports across the sports media, referencing the 2015/16 disaster, Antonio Conte is said to have told his players that they need to “avoid a Mourinho season”.
Following this news, Mourinho was asked for his thoughts on the perceived 'dig' and, following a Man U pre-season friendly, told journalists:
“I don’t know… I could answer in many different ways but I’m not going to lose my hair to speak about Antonio Conte.”
Antonio Conte experienced intense hair thinning
along his vertex - the top of his scalp - when he was a player.
He is also one of many football managers and players who is open about having had a hair transplant
to deal with his advanced male pattern hair loss
. Others include Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
and the newly-returned Everton player - and something of a poster-boy for hair restoration surgery despite his far from convincing results - Wayne Rooney
Many more football players are understood to take a pro-active but low-key approach to preventing baldness
. By using clinically-proven pharmaceutical hair loss treatments
designed to stabilise hair fall and promote healthy hair growth, it is often possible for genetically-predisposed men to retain their hair.
The two key male hair loss drugs, finasteride 1mg and minoxidil, are both MHRA licensed, FDA approved and cleared for use by sportsmen - even if not everyone approves. We're looking at you, Arsene Wenger
Luckily, they're also suitable for armchair sports fans too, and you don't need a Premiership salary to afford them. Annual treatment plans at Belgravia tend to start from around £600/year for a bespoke course tailored to the condition, level and pattern of shedding, as well as the medical requirements, of each individual.
Hair loss is no joke
In both instances Mourinho's comments were made to the press as part of a media 'war of words' between the managers. However, it does seem that if they go low, Mourinho goes lower and always has a handy hair loss jibe to fall back on.
Whilst it appears those on the receiving end of the Portuguese's 'jokes' have taken them well, these kinds of remarks can cut some men deeply. Hair loss is an intensely personal issue and one that can frequently have a negative effect on a man's self-esteem and self-confidence
. Losing their hair can cause some men to experience stress
and even depression. Unhelpfully, this can actually speed up shedding from male pattern baldness, further exacerbating the problem.
For anyone concerned at the sight of thinning hair or a receding hairline
, there is help available. This is not just in the form of proven treatments, but also in terms of support from professional specialists at established hair loss clinics