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01st Apr 2015

Mason isn’t a one-off: more footballers with unusual tattoos

Who's got a permanent Di?

Nooruddean Choudry

Following the rather unsettling revelation that Ryan Mason has a tattoo of a random 12-year-old on his bicep, we’ve uncovered some more footballers with surprising inkings…

David Beckham, a national treasure himself, has Princess Diana emblazoned upon his person. The former England skipper always had a soft spot for the Queen of Hearts and was keen to pay her tribute in the only way he knew how:


Paris Saint-Germain hotshot Ezequiel Lavezzi is a big One Direction fan and has a tattoo of Doncaster’s own Louis Tomlinson to prove it. Lucky for him it wasn’t Zayn:


Juventus’ Arturo Vidal is an IT Crowd nut and proudly flaunts his marking of Richard Ayoade whenever he scores for the Turin club. The Chilean’s favourite episode is predictably the Countdown one:


Sergio Ramos is a keen Doctor Who fanatic and welcomes Peter Capaldi’s kooky take on the role. But for him David Tennant will always be the quintessential Doctor and his chest art is a testament to that:


Finally, there’s the little known inking of former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upon the chest of Clint Dempsey. The US soccer star is understandably secretive about the politically sensitive tattoo, which was a drunken prank gone wrong: