Sergio Ramos’ finger tattoos voted the WORST among sportsmen | Football | Sport
The Spaniard’s unusual inkings refer to important numbers throughout his career, including a stoppage-time goal in the Champions League Final. And the numbers 35 and 32 refer to the squad numbers he wore after breaking into the team in Sevilla. Italian footballer Alessandro Diamanti’s bizarre smiley-face image also features in the top five while Bournemouth’s Artur Boruc placed 15th with his tattoo, strategically inked around his navel, featuring a monkey bending over to reveal its rear end.
The poll of 2,000 UK sports fans saw Mike Tyson’s facial markings come in second place on the list overall.
Although interestingly, Tyson’s tatts also gained him enough fans to land him on the list of the 20 BEST tattoos.
The study was commissioned by Compare.bet, which has created a quiz to test your knowledge of sports stars’ ink.
A spokesman for the betting comparison site said: “One of the most famous is Cristiano Ronaldo, who supposedly doesn’t have any because he gives blood so often.
“But of course, with so many sports stars covered in ink, some of them are bound to be more memorable – for better or worse – than others.”
Raheem Sterling also placed highly on the list for terrible tatts, with his infamous machine gun inking no doubt contributing towards public sentiment.
And Nile Ranger’s facial tattoo of his own name saw him place eighth on the list.
Unsurprisingly, David Beckham’s body art is considered to be the best among sportsmen, while Lewis Hamilton’s ornate inking earned him second place on the podium.
And Anthony Joshua’s artwork of the outline of Africa with ‘Wisdom’ emblazoned above saw him take bronze.
Lionel Messi, who got his first tattoo in 2012, came fourth on the list.
The study also found three quarters of adults now think it’s ‘the norm’ for athletes to be covered in tattoos.
Four in 10 say it’s because footballers and other sports people have too much money, and a quarter think it’s just to fill all the free time they’ve got.
But half of those polled see elaborate tattoos as nothing more than a way of elite athletes ‘showing off’.
Despite this, a quarter of the population have even based their own inkings on something a favourite sportsman has got, according to the research carried out through OnePoll.
And on average, Brits reckon they’d have as many as 14 designs each if they were to become a famous athlete.
Compare.bet’s spokesman added: “With so many athletes having tattoos, it can sometimes even be hard to work out whose is whose.
“We’ve created a quiz to test people’s knowledge of sporting ink, and some of them are much harder than you’d think.
“Tattoos are a great way for sports people to commemorate a memorable moment – if they can find the space for another one.”