Few people have contributed more to the hair transplant industry than football players. Although a full head of hair is not a requirement for soccer success, many footballers opt for a hair transplant when their hair loss becomes noticeable. In a way, this isn’t all that surprising. After all, balding can seriously impact a person’s self-confidence, which can have disastrous effects on their work. A quality hair transplant restores both the hair and confidence of a person suffering from alopecia, which, in the case of a footballer, allows them to perform to a higher standard on the pitch. In this article, we’ll be looking at three of the most famous cases of hair transplantation in the world of football.
Antonio Conte was one of the first footballers to turn to hair transplantation in an attempt to combat his balding. All the way back in the 90s, Conte’s hairline was receding rapidly. In 2000, the footballer was rumored to have undergone a hair transplant. Unfortunately, the procedures of that period were far from perfect and it wasn’t long before another hair transplant was necessary. Conte’s most recent hair transplant, believed to have been performed by a team of Italian surgeons, has left the football legend with the thick head of hair he tried so desperately to achieve in the past. With his restored hairline bringing restored confidence, Conte has been enjoying one of the most successful periods of his career.
Antonio Conte may be the earliest example of a footballer undergoing a hair transplant, but Wayne Rooney is undoubtedly the most famous. The Manchester United legend was struggling with male pattern baldness as early as the age of 25. In 2011, he finally pulled the trigger on his first hair transplant. Unlike many other football players, Rooney publicly confirmed undergoing a hair transplant. This led to a significant rise in the number of balding British men consulting hair transplant clinics. However, many of these men decided to leave the UK for their hair transplant and travel to Turkey instead. This is because Turkey is known for its affordable hair transplantation procedures, meaning you don’t have to be on Wayne Rooney’s salary to get a full head of hair.
Considering he now spends much of his time walking the red carpet and advertising underwear, David Beckham has a lot more invested in his hairline than the typical footballer. For this reason, one can assume the star experienced something of a personal crisis when the effects of male pattern baldness began to show themselves on his scalp. In early 2019, media outlets around the world began reporting Beckham had undergone a hair transplant. While he was not shy about flaunting his noticeably thicker head of hair, Beckham did not publicly confirm the rumors. Because he has been reluctant to talk about his hair transplant, it’s impossible to say for certain what procedure Beckham opted for. However, judging by the results and his presumably massive budget, we can confidently say he chose follicular unit extraction (FUE). FUE is the most effective – and therefore most expensive – method of hair restoration. Unless you elect to travel to Turkey, where follicular unit extraction can be secured for about $5000, you can expect to drop close to $20,000 for FUE treatment. You can find further information on securing a hair transplant in Turkey, FUE or otherwise, by heading over to this link.