In football today, tattoos are not a rarity. Players such as Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney, and Fernando Torres have decided to add ink to their skin, using them as designs or even tributes to young ones.
Tattoos are often used during celebrations as well, with players like Luis Suarez and Santi Cazorla kissing their tattoos when they score. This is all well and good, but some players, however, go a little too far.
These players often have tattoos that look ridiculous. An example of this is Stephen Ireland's 'ink' (pictured above). 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.
Another ludicrous example of a tattoo is that of Galatasaray and Holland playmaker Wesley Sneijder, who seemingly has a Champions League trophy inked on his ribcage. Not just that, he also has another just below, that seems to be of a woman - a woman that can be mistaken pretty easily for Michael Jackson.
So, some footballers get their tattoos as a tribute and others get them for fun. Take a look at some of the worst tattoos that have no meaning in football. If you've seen worse, leave a comment in the box below.
5. Daniele De Rossi | AS Roma & Italy
Roma's hard-tackling hero may have gone a step too far with this. Renowned in Italy and most of Europe for his commitment in the tackle, the midfielder decided to get his hobby tattooed on his leg. What's worse, the tattoo is designed in the style of a sign that usually informs people about 'wet floors'. Perhaps a humorous tattoo to those that understand it, but otherwise it is just looks stupid. I thought Italians were supposed to have style?
4. Artur Boruc | Southampton & Poland
Let's be honest, nobody wants to spend time going to a zoo to see a monkey bend over and reveal it's anus. So what was going through current Saints goalkeeper Artur Boruc's mind when he decided to get a tattoo of one over his belly button? Ex-Celtic player Boruc also once used the ink as a taunt to Rangers fans as part of the Old Firm derby by writing 'Rangers' across the monkey's legs.
3. Jay Bothroyd | Free agent & England
If you type into Google 'Jay Bothroyd', the first thing that comes up (other than his name) is 'tattoo'. This is a testament to the outrageous nature of his 'body art'.
The former-Cardiff striker has spelt out the word 'Love'. A lovely gesture you would presume, although Bothroyd decided for some reason to spell out the word using weapons as letters, including a handgun, a grenade, a knife, and an assault rifle. A not-so-lovely gesture then.
The striker, when quizzed on his tattoo, said: "The meaning is that you have to fight for love. More than anything it's artistic". If you say so, Jay.
2. Nile Ranger | Free agent & England
No wonder Ranger is a free agent. His future was set to be big five years ago, but now, with his poor goalscoring record, he is without a club. Legend has it though that Ranger's career has actually fallen apart due to his awful, awful tattoo. Who's idea was it to 'get inked' on the inside of the lip? Not just that, but a smiley face? It is one of the weirdest places possible to have a tattoo, as well as being just an awful design. Take a bow Nile Ranger.
1. John Carew | Free agent & Norway
I can see the similarities between my top two worst footballing tattoos - both players are without a club. This may be because no club wants to employ a player with this bad a tattoo. Ok, Carew's ink may seem fine at first glance (even if it is always visible and a poor design anyway) but if you translate what it says, it makes it even more outrageous.
Rumour has it that the big Norwegian requested a text that said "ma vie, mes regles", which translates to "my life, my rules". However, somehow, the tattoo artist managed to write something that translates to "my life, my menstruation". That's impressively poor, although it is definitely not entirely Carew's fault.
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