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A Heartfelt Tribute To Henrik Larsson's Iconic And Magical Dreadlocks

Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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Henrik Larsson was an absolutely wonderful footballer.

For Celtic, he dominated Scottish football and was the catalyst for a ridiculously successful period in the club's history. For Manchester United, he enjoyed a brief yet universally appreciated loan spell where he proved that he was more than good enough to play at the top level. And for Barcelona, he came off the bench to totally flip the 2006 Champions League final on it's head and bring Barca their first European title for 14 years.

He also had one absolutely brilliant barnet in the early-mid stages of his career, and we thought it was about time that someone showed it the love it deserves.

He burst onto the scene at USA 94

Just a fresh faced Feyenoord striker trying to make an impact. Which he certainly did.

And all the TV cameras wanted a piece.



His hair made celebrations far more fun.

In 1997 he moved to Glasgow, and so did his dreadlocks.


The rest, as they say, is history. Larsson is now talked about as possibly the greatest player ever to play in the Scottish football league.


The dreads also helped to keep teammates at a comfortable distance during goal celbrations.

Don't get too close or you'll catch a dread to the eye.

The hairband was essential for minimising inconvenience.


The super-strength hairband allowed for the dreads to be pushed behind the face, assisting aerodynamics which in turn made him run faster. They also made diving headers looks marvelous.

The consistency of the dreads was truly special, each one was individually cared for.

There was never a bad hair day with the dreads, they were immaculate.


Even Gary Breen couldn't work out how to get around them.

If you neeed proof of their magical powers, you need look no further than this photo. The dreads formed a force-field that the one and only Gary Breen couldn't break. There was no hope for anyone.

Apparently Larsson said after he decided to shave his dreads that he did it because he became a father and wanted to look more professional. Other rumours include an image rights issue, and doing it for charity, but all we know for sure is that we miss them.



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