Worst Footballers’ Tattoos!

With Roberto Firmino arriving in England after the Copa America let’s hope for his sake he doesn’t mark the move by getting an English language tattoo.

Prior to his transfer to Hoffenheim in 2011 the player plumped for a tattoo in German but, sadly for him, used an online translation tool which wasn’t entirely accurate.

With so many overpaid footballers plumping for ill-advised body art, a tattoo removal business would surely thrive in about twenty years time.

We take a look at some of the worst examples.

Make Love, Not War


Jay Bothroyd displays his caring side by spelling out the word love. With a series of dangerous weapons. He deleted a photo of the offending ink from Instagram following a backlash but, unfortunately for him, it wasn’t as easy to get rid of it from his torso.

Desperate Dan


16-year-old Dan Dawson was having a quiet night in watching England take on Italy when midfielder Ryan Mason caught his attention.

A familiar-looking figure was visible on the Spurs player’s arm – which Dan felt was very like a picture of himself as a 12-year-old…

Not the Face, Anywhere But the Face


There comes a time in a footballer’s life when his body is totally adorned with tattoos. What to do? Well if you’re Nile Ranger, why not get your surname inked on your head?

Ranger’s no stranger to dubious tattoos and also has a smiley face tattooed on his inner lip, which must look really sad when his mouth’s closed.


Why Always Him?


“If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent A punishment like me upon you”.

Whatever Liverpool FC have done in the past, surely it didn’t deserve being lumbered with Mario Balotelli?

Naval Gazing


Most tattoos are quite personal, maybe displaying a name, date or personal belief that’s symbolic to the person who’s been inked.

Not Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc though. He obviously felt his belly button needed jazzing up, so decided to incorporate it into a monkey’s arse.

Silly Hunt


You know your body art’s gone wrong when your back resembles a 5-year-old’s Religious Studies copybook. Poor Noel Hunt.

Period Pains


There are many examples of football fans getting misspelt tattoos but former Norwegian striker John Carew trumps them all.

He got ‘Ma Vie, Mes Régles’ inked on his neck, which was supposed to translate as “My Life, My Rules”. Unfortunately for the former Aston Villa star a misplaced acute accent above the ‘e’ gave it a a totally different meaning – “My Life, My Menstruation”.

Beat It


We’re not sure if the person inked on Wesley Sneijder’s ribcage is actually the late Michael Jackson but either way it’s Bad.