These 30 Tattoos Prove that Soccer Fans Are Extra as Hell

Lead Photo: Art by Alan Lopez for Remezcla.
Art by Alan Lopez for Remezcla.
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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.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo

Tomás Rincón

Diego Maradona

Club Nexaca


Mumo Tupper

Aldo Poy

Matías Almeyda

Zinedine Zidane

Copa Libertadores

Clube Náutico Capibaribe

Clube Atlético Paranaense

Carles Puyol & FC Barcelona

The Number 10s

Lionel Messi, Neymar, & Luis Suárez (MSN)

Gerard Piqué


Ballon d'Or

Juan Román Riquelme


André-Pierre Gignac

Aldo Araujo

Ángel Di María