You’ve ever wondered who are the most tattooed football players in the world? Whether you like it or you don’t like, tattoo are now part of underground football culture. Nowadays it’s very easy to see the sleeves of a football player completely tattooed, in fact here you will find a long list of the most tattooed football players in the world.
Many of them were able to reproduce authentic works of art on their body. Other players, however, decided to get a tattoo on their body of meaningful phrases of their lives or of the memories that remain indelible designs on their body with very special and creative. Often the meanings of their tattoo is unknown because most tattooed players are very reserved about their personal lives. Try to take a look at Daniel Alves‘ tattoos, he has a tattooo of Sylvester the cat and Tweety on his ankle!
Here the Top 20 Best Tattooed Football Players List
20) Aleksandar Kolarov, the Koi fish tattoo
Aleksandar Kolarov is the famous Serbian professional footballer who plays for Manchester City and the Serbia national team. Have to respect the observance of the traditional Japanese style on this man’s sleeve. The Koi fish tattoo is a symbol of luck and fortune – certainly he had some of that, with Citizens winning the Premier League twice in the last three years.
19) Marcos Rojo, the legs tattoos
Marcos Rojo, the Manchester United midfielder, boasts a number of tattoos including a couple of tattoos in English, the most visible being “Pride” on his right leg and “Glory” on his left leg. “For My Family” is also above his chest. Another is dedicated to former club Estudiantes de la Plata, where he won the Copa Libertadores trophy in 2009.
18) Clinton Dempsey, the warrior arm
United States men’s national team star Clint Dempsey recently left Tottenham to join the Seattle Sounders, a club that has some of the most die-hard fans in MLS. Clint Dempsey is a Roman Catholic. He has spoken about his faith saying, “I play to the best of my abilities and am thankful for the many opportunities and amazing success [God] has given me. Through it all, I want to do right, not make mistakes, and live a life that is pleasing to Him“. Dempsey always shows his new arm sleeve tattoo – looks like somekind of warrior.
17) Tim Cahill, Samoan-tribal tattoo
Australian and Hangzhou Greentown FC midfielder has an intricate tattoo sleave on his arm. Cahill spent seven years with Millwall before joining Everton, where’s he has been for the past five years. He’s also famous for crossing his arms like he’d been cuffed, after he scored, in reference to his brother who had been jailed recently. Tim Cahill’s proud of both his Australian Anglo-Saxon and Samoan heritage.
16) Sergio Ramos, in memory of Antonio Puerta
The Real Madrid soccer player number 4 is one of the most tattooed soccer defenders in the world. Sergio Ramos has so many different meanings for his tattoos by: the names of his parents “JM” and “P” surrounding a roman numeral “7”, which is his favorite number. Right above this tattoo there is phrase,“I’ll never forget you” in Elvish, which he dedicated to his parents. Also Ramos has a phrase in English, “Lies in the memory of those alive” with the dates 9/11 and 3/11 of the terrorist attacks on New York and Madrid. Below the quote Real Madrid defender has a David’s star in the memory of Antonio Puerta.
15) Marco Materazzi, all his trophies tattooed
The former Inter Milan defender, Marco Materazzi, is most famous for being head butted by Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup final. On the other hand Materazzi will remember that World Cup won in 2006 because he has tattooed the trophy design on his leg. So as Marco Materazzi will remember when he won the treble with Inter Milan in 2010, when he managed to win Serie A, Italian Cup and UEFA Champions League. This is because in his calf is tattooed this indelible memory.
14) Kevin Prince Boateng, the Ghanaian tattooed player
Boateng is a multiracial football player, now playing for UD Las Palmas, in Spanish La Liga. Boateng is well known for his beautiful girlfriend Melissa Satta, one of the sexiest football Wags.
Kevin Prince Boateng falls in the ranking of most tattooed football players because he has a tattoo of the map of Ghana and the country’s name on his arm — a visible link to his Ghanaian heritage. Across his ribs, he has the Chinese words for clan, health, love, success and trust, and he has other tattoos on his upper body.
13) Ezequiel Lavezzi, the Jesus and Mary tattooes
Lavezzi, as well as being one of the strongest Argentine strikers, is one of the most tattooed football players in the world. No doubt, now that he has moved to play in the Chinese league, is one of the most popular tattoo China players. Ezequiel Lavezzi is Catholic and has a tattoo of Jesus on his chest, a tattoo of the Virgin Mary on his right arm and a tattoo of a pair of rosary beads on his right abdomen.
12) Daniel Alves, Sylvester and Tweety tattoos
At right back, Dani Alves worked up the line with Messi creating havoc when was playing for FC Barcelona. He spent years playing with Sevilla before moving up to play at the Camp Nou with Barcelona and then for Juventus FC in the 2016 summer.
Daniel Alves has tattooed a pitcure of his wife on his right arm and then his son’s name emblazoned across his chest. And Dani Alves, tattoos and all, is a big reason why they’ve had so much success but also hate (often Daniel Alves was target of racism) with football fans. One of the most special design tattoo is that Sylvester the Cat and Tweety.
11) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 50 tattoos for charity
During a French Ligue 1 match on 16th February 2015, PSG vs Caen, Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed off 50 temporary tattoos, each one representing the name of one of the 805 million hungry people in the world, an incredible story that cost him a yellow card. Ibrahimovic explained on PSG’s official website. “I had 50 names temporarily tattooed on my body. They are the names of real people who are suffering from hunger around the world. The tattoos have gone, but the people are still out there. There are 805 million people who are suffering from hunger around the world. I want you to see them, via me, to help the UN World Food Programme“. Now he will know his tattoo to Manchester United fans.
10) David Beckham, wife and sons’ tattoos
David Beckham is undoubtedly one of the most tattooed football player. Beckham had a total of 32 tattoos. There are names of his sons Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn, and the name of his wife Victoria. This last one, is in Hindi script because Beckham thought it would be “tacky” to have it in English. Unfortunately, this was misspelt as the equivalent of “Vihctoria”. Another tattoo is a Bible verse written in Hebrew, reads אני לדודי ודודי לי הרעה בשושנים, translated into: “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine, that shepherds among the lilies.”
In his autobiography “David Beckham: My Side”, he revealed some of his thoughts on tattoos: “The idea came to me much later, a little while after Brooklyn was born. I was talking to Mel B and her then-husband, Jimmy Gulzar, and the subject of tattoos came up. I ended up going to this Dutch guy who’d done all of Jimmy’s. I’d finally realised what I wanted a tattoo to represent. Mine are all about the people in my life, my wife and sons, who I want with me always. When you see me, you see the tattoos. You see an expression of how I feel about Victoria and the boys. They’re part of me.”
9) Stephen Ireland, the most famous back winged tattoo
Stephen Ireland is in the process of having his back covered in images of wings, and has a crucifix tattooed on his arm. There are football players have tattoos that look ridiculous often. An example of this is Stephen Ireland’s ‘ink’. The design of a pair of angel wings will no doubt be a regret when Ireland is older, if he doesn’t already regret them now, that is.
8) Martin Skrtel, the Farsi/Arabic tattoo
Martin Skrtel is one of the historical defenders of Liverpool (9 seasons with the Reds), now playing as a centre-back for Fenerbahçe and captains the Slovakia national soccer team. Along with Daniel Agger forms the former most tattooed footballer couple of Premier League and perhaps around the world of football. His arms and his body is full of amazing tattoos with creative designs.
But there is a little error on Skrtel’s tattooed body: M.A.R.T.EE.N. – soccer fans noticed that Martin Skrtel’s Farsi/Arabic tattoo is left to right instead of right to left and none of the letters are connected. Ouch! It should be this: مارتین
7) Nigel de Jong, the right hand tattoo
Nigel de Jong is one of those players who collects a lot of tattoos on his body. De Jong is is looking forward to tattoo a new design or a new creativity on his arms or his back to post it on social networks like Instagram or Facebook. Such as its famous tattooed right hand.
6) Tim Howard, the most tattooed goalkeeper in the world
Goalkeeper for English Club Everton and the United States national team, Timothy Matthew ‘Tim’ Howard was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome as a child but overcame this obstacle to achieve his dream. Tim Howard’s tattoos on his chest range from the portrait of his kids faces on his pec, words inscribed ‘Jacob..precious son..you are my strength and joy’ all symbolizing the love for his family.
Howard also has tattoos of a white dove and a child praying on his chest and ‘Psalm 118’ inscribed on the inner left arm which speaks of giving thanks to God for he is good and that God’s love endures for ever; which only illustrates his devotion to God and his firm faith in Christ as proclaimed by him. He also has a superman logo, his number 24 on his ribs, outline of the state of New Jersey on his stomach, a passage of scripture on his ribs, Japanese imagery – Kanji, rising sun art and a geisha-on his right arm, heart piece right on his chest plate, a huge angel wing piece on the back as some of the many tattoos. The French proverb “Unis par l’amour” meaning “United by love” is inscribed along his collar bone. Surrounding this inscription are the roman numerals MCMLXXIX MMVII MMV that convert to 1979 2007 2005.
5) Raul Meireles, the Ink Champion
Raul José Trindade Meireles played for Boavista, Porto, Liverpool, Chelsea, and, after playing for Fenerbahçe, now he’s a retired football player. Raul Meireles is a fan of tattoos since he was 18 years old.
Numerous images adorned his body, including those of his wife and daughter. He also had a large design of a black and red Chinese-style dragon, drawn in two stages and sprawling across his back, and a huge necklace tattoo with a skull, drawn one week after his twenty-eighth birthday. After moving to Anfield, during an interview with Liverpool’s official website, Meireles jokingly said that he wanted to win the “ink championship” against teammates Daniel Agger and Martin Škrtel, due to their shared affection for tattoos.
4) Daniel Agger, a tattoo artist
Daniel Munthe Agger is a Danish retired professional footballer defender. Past season Agger played for Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF and captains the Denmark national team. He played for 9 seasons with the shirt of Liverpool and along with Martin Skrtel formed the pair of the most popular tattoo defenders in the Premier League.
Agger is a qualified tattoo artist. He has numerous tattoos including a Viking on his upper right arm, a large drawing of Vikings and a graveyard that spans his whole back, which includes his birth date and the Latin motto “Mors certa, hora incerta” (“death is certain, its hour is uncertain”), forming a memento mori. Daniel Agger also features an intricate band around his left elbow which includes the phrase “Succes er at leve som man selv vil” (“Success is to live as you want” in Danish). In August 2012 Agger had the letters “YNWA” tattooed on the fingers of his right hand, referencing the anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
3) Djibril Cisse, actor, DJ and tattooed footballer
The life of Djibril Cisse is really incredible. In his spare time he is a disk jockey. He has traveled the world playing for different football teams, especially in the French football championships. Djibril Cisse has also had a part in the famous movie Taxi 4. But undoubtedly his hair and his cool tattoos are the things that characterize him most.
2) Gregory Van der Wiel, the most famous neck tattoo
Gregory Van der Wiel is the histrionic former Paris Saint Germain left-winger. Now he’s playing for the turkish team Fenerbahçe. Recently Van der Wiel added a collar tattoo of a Pharaoh to his body, which is already decorated on his arms, chest and back. On his back are two massive wings displayed.
In 2014 Van der Wiel was involved in a funny controversy with FIFA14 (the EA Sports video game) to be designed by producers without its famous tattoos.
1) Jermaine Jones, the American star on the knee
Jermaine Junior Jones is an American soccer player who plays as a defensive midfielder for the United States National Team. He has previously played for Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, Blackburn Rovers, Schalke 04, Beşiktaş, and New England Revolution.
Jermaine Jones went to a tattoo parlor with a number of his club colleagues a few months back and decided to get a large U.S.-themed tattoo that covers his left kneecap. The tattoo, visible beneath the hem of Jones’ shorts when he dons the national team uniform, has further endeared him to the team’s fans, who already appreciated his tough-tackling, no-nonsense approach.
Tattooed Football Players, Special Mentions
Roberto Firmino, another Liverpool’s Ink Champion
Firmino joins the long list of Liverpool players who have been covered in tattoos. Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Raul Meireles are three that standout for their body ink. But what do his tattoos actually mean? In the past Firmino has spoken about his tattoos and says the his right arm represents his parents and family members.He has pictures of both his mother and father on his right arm, and a message in German that translates into English as “Family unending love”. Firmino spent time in Germany when playing for Hoffenheim – so it is likely that he got that tattoo during his time there. Also on his right arm he has a red rose for love, a four-leaf clover as a sign of luck, a peace symbol on his forearm and the year 1991 on his knuckles – representing the year he was born.
Leo Messi, the sock-tattoo
Lionel Messi has been going under the needle to cover himself in ink for quite a while. Messi took inspiration from his teammate Deni Alves who his known for his full body tats. But what’s the mean and where Messi got his tattooes? La Pulga sure is a mama’s boy. His very first tattoo was a portrait of his mother, Celia, on his back. The tattoo is a tribute to the most important person in his life. When the Argentinian ace left South America to join Barcelona’s youth ranks, he did so with his dad only, leaving his mum – and the rest of his family – behind.
One of the most recent work has been the religious themed sleeve which he kept under-wraps for months, but thankfully he now proudly shows his awesome sleeve in almost every game. When Messi became father for the very first time on 2nd November 2012, he got the hand prints of his new born child tattooed on the calf of his left leg. Messi’S leg was previously decorated with a sword with wings, flower patterns and the hand-prints, the name of his eldest son, Thiago, and the No10. But in a strange twist, they are all now covered up, as in its place now is a mass of black, with the weapon covered but the baby’s hands still visible.
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