Soccer player haircut trends have always been something of a curiosity in America, and it seems the NBA has no shortage of the latest styles.
The league’s annual NBA Draft combine, held every February in New York City, brings together the top prospects in the league, who then meet for a series of meetings at which players are asked to reveal their hairstyles.
The latest player hairstyle trend: A soccer player, who was once thought of as an overgrown, out-of-shape kid, has become an all-time great.
The player, now 21, is a former top pick of the New York Red Bulls and the first in a long line of soccer players to play in the top league in the world.
A native of China, he was the first player drafted in the history of the sport, becoming the first Chinese player in the NBA draft since Yao Ming in 1995.
He has now been named to the All-Star team and won a bronze medal at the World Cup in Brazil.
He’s currently playing in China for the Shanghai Dragons, and has already won two gold medals.
The hairstyle he revealed to The Washington Post this week: A hair-remover, or a pomade, with a soccer ball tattoo on the left side.
“I’m not sure how I did it,” he said, smiling at the memory.
“I’m very happy that I did.
It’s definitely my style.”
This year, he’s signed a four-year contract with the Red Bulls, and the team has released photos of him doing his hair in his signature style.
“It’s very stylized and very professional,” the coach, Jesse Marsch, said.
“He’s a really great kid, and I think he’s going to be really, really good for the Red Bull brand.”
The player who made the hair-tattoo discovery this week is another rising star in the sport.
He was recently named MVP of the World Junior Championships, which he represented in a tournament for men’s and women’s soccer.
The next step for him will be playing for the United States at the 2018 World Cup.
His hairstyle has been a popular topic of conversation on Twitter recently, with many calling him a soccer icon.
“There’s not a soccer player in this world that can compete with what he’s doing,” said a person who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal.
“We’re talking about the future of this game, and he’s one of the best players that I’ve seen in the last five years.”
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