Paris Saint-Germain striker, Neymar has told Spanish defender, Gerard Pique how Ronaldo De Lima’s hairstyle inspired him as a kid.
Ronaldo, a former Real Madrid and Inter Milan star guided Brazil to a fifth world title in the tournament in South Korea and Japan with eight goals.
While Ronaldo was famous for his majestic dribbling and finishing abilities, the striker’s bizarre hairstyle at the tournament also attracted a great deal of attention.
At the World Cup, Ronaldo shaved off all but the front of his hair; it was a look that was not expected to catch on, but for a youngster like Neymar, it was a must-have.
The current Brazil hero revealed to his former Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique that he was so in awe of the two-time Ballon d’Or winner that he had to get his hair cut the same way.
Reflecting on his early World Cup memories, Neymar being interviewed by Pique, for The Players’ Tribune , said, “Although I was two years old, I think my first memory was on the TV.
“Watching on TV and Romario scoring the goals, the one Romario scored against Holland.
“Bebeto crosses and he takes it first time and it’s a Golazo.
“That’s the first and the second is from 2002. I watched the whole tournament. And remember everything. I remember Ronaldo. The haircut of Ronaldo was good. I had it.”
The excited Pique then replied: “Oh man, I would love to see that. Do you have a photo?”
But the 25-year-old disappoints, adding, “No, I don’t have one but I’ll search for it. My mum has one for sure.
“All of us [had that hair cut], we were all looking like Ronaldo.”