Marouane Fellaini has gone for a dramatic new look by completely shaving his afro off.
The Manchester United player’s hair has been a talking point for football fans for quite some time, and the 30-year-old has certainly played right into the hands of those looking to tease him about some of his style choices.
Though his bouncy hair was memorable as it was, the player kept things interesting by switching up his hair styles, and some definitely worked better than others.
Back in March, Fellaini was compared to Mickey Mouse – okay, specifically a ‘post-pubescent Mickey Mouse’ – when he adopted a middle parting and collected his hair into two large bunches.
Admittedly, it wasn’t the coolest of haircuts:
Fellaini's haircut here makes him look like a postpubescent Mickey Mouse pic.twitter.com/wNIXoHGGA1
— Ben McAleer (@BenMcAleer1) March 13, 2018
The player has also trialled braids in the past as well as dying his hair silver back when he played for Everton in 2013.
While the braids were presumably a choice, the silver was a charitable effort as the player promised Everton fans he’d go for the shiny look if they raised an impressive £25,000 raised for the club’s official charity, Everton in the Community.
Supporters didn’t disappoint, and Fellaini dyed his hair after they reached the target.
While it was all for a good cause, unfortunately the unique look prompted many people to compare the poor guy to a brillo pad:
Fellaini going for the Brillo pad hair style pic.twitter.com/73IGpvYnIb
— Ryan Curran (@rcurran389) May 17, 2013
More recently, Fellaini switched up his look by adding some highlights to his hair, which apparently came in useful when Manchester United played a poor game.
One football fan tweeted:
The only highlights in the Man U game are in Fellaini’s hair!
The only highlights in the manu game are in Fellaini's hair!
— Ken Donagasaki (@1cru) April 13, 2017
Now, however, Fellaini might have taken away the ammunition for those judging his hair as he’s gone and chopped it all off.
The footballer shared the dramatic change on Twitter, seemingly getting ahead of the #NewYearNewMe trend by going for a new look ahead of his 31st birthday tomorrow (November 15).
He captioned the images:
New year, new look #birthdaytomorrow
Here he is, in all his short-haired glory:
Despite the relentless teasing, it seems fans are actually upset about the loss of the afro. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, right?
One devastated person replied:
Whyyyyyyyy :( we loved that hair
Whyyyyyyyy :( we loved that hair pic.twitter.com/rq9qvKgyZF
— ياسمين🌸♈️ (@YassoAkesbi_10) November 14, 2018
Though some truly committed people managed to squeeze in a final dig at Fellaini about the disappearance of the afro, with one comparing his hair to a bird’s nest.
A lot of birds will be homeless now.
A lot of birds will be homeless now 😞
— P™ (@Cechque) November 14, 2018
It might take a bit longer for fans to spot Fellaini on the pitch now, but at least he might hit some more effective headers without all that hair in the way!
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.