Football has had its fair share of balding players here are eleven of the greatest:
Goalkeeper, Fabien Barthez - Former Monaco and Manchester United keeper, Barthez also earned 87 caps playing in goal for the French national side, helping his side lift the World Cup in 1998. Barthez has never publically explained his baldness.
Right Back, Lillian Thuram - Another Frenchman, Thuram is his country’s most capped player with 142 appearances. His career also took him to Monaco, Juventus and Barcelona at club level. Thuram is also thought to have shaved his head to disguise hair loss caused by Androgenic Alopecia.
Left Back, Roberto Carlos - At the age of 38, Carlos is still playing professionally in Russia, closing out a career which saw him win the Spanish League four times, the Champions League three times and lift the World Cup for his native Brazil. Carlos publically admits that his bald head is down to shaving.
Central Defender, Jaap Stam - Dutchman Jaap Stam played for some of the largest clubs in Europe during his career, taking in Manchester United, Ajax, AC Milan, Lazio and PSV Eindhoven. Stam’s baldness is down to male pattern hair loss causing a dramatically receding hairline.
Currently coaching at Manchester City, Lombardo’s playing career saw him at Juventus and Lazio among others. Unlike many players, Lombardo never felt the need to shave his head to hide the clear signs of Androgenic Alopecia.
Central Midfield, Gary McAllister - Coventry City and Liverpool favourite, McAllister also won 57 caps playing for his native Scotland. Male pattern baldness did not stop McAllister winning the League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, FA Charity Shield and UEFA Super Cup during his playing career.
Attacking Midfielder, Zinedine Zidane - Widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane helped his country to the 1998 World Cup final among many other achievements. Zidane frequently shaved his head to mask the signs of Male Pattern Balding.
Attacking Midfielder, Bobby Charlton -Manchester United and England legend, Charlton was a member of the of the World Cup winning squad of 1966. Charlton began to lose his hair at a relatively young age, but attempted to hide the condition with a comb-over.
Striker, Wayne Rooney - One of England’s most talented current players, Wayne Rooney has helped Manchester United to four Premier League titles and the Champions League. Rooney’s receding hairline has spent a lot of time dominating tabloid headlines over the last year.
Probably the most iconic and recognisable referee of all time. Pierluigi suffers from a condition called Alopecia Universalis which causes loss of hair from the scalp and the rest of the body. The condition is very difficult to treat but Pierluigi never seemed to let it bother him too much.
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