As they exhibit each and every time their favorite teams take the field, sports fans are some of the most passionate people in the world. They miss important family moments to watch the games, curse out opposing team’s fans, and spend their life savings to see their heroes in person.
Most sports fans will tell you that there’s no end to their fandom. They will be fans and follow their favorites forever, common sense or losing seasons be damned. Other fans, however, would rather show you than tell you. All across the world, people often take their fandom to the next level by inking their bodies permanently in tribute with tattoos.
This trend seems to be especially popular in the world of soccer. Take this Indian fan, who got a diagram of Maradona’s famous goal against England at the 1986 World Cup tattooed on his arm.
That got us thinking: what other wild, crazy, and creative soccer tattoos are out there? The short answer: a lot more than you think! We qiuckly realized that just about any soccer star you can think of is tatted on someone’s arm, back, or leg. From Brazil to Argentina, Uruguay to Mexico, here are the wildest tattoos that have permanently found a home on the body of a passionate soccer fan. Fair warning: there are a lot of Lionel Messi.