Brazil legend Ronaldo has revealed that his iconic 2002 World Cup haircut was part of a scheme to distract the media from his ongoing injury troubles.
O Fenomenoturned in a man-of-the-match performance in Brazil's 2-0 win over Germany -- the last time the Selecao lifted the World Cup -- scoring both goals in a dominant display that cemented the striker as one of the greatest players of all time.
Ronaldo's haircut was a talking point throughout the tournament and now, 16 years on, he has opened up about the reasons behind such a unique style.
"I had an injury in my leg and everybody was talking about that," Ronaldo said.
"I decided to cut my hair and leave the small thing there. I come to training and everybody saw me with bad hair.
"Everybody was talking about the hair and forgot about the injury. I could stay more calm and relaxed and focused on my training.
"I'm not proud about the hair itself because it was pretty strange. But it was a good way to change the subject."
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Looking ahead to June's World Cup in Russia, Ronaldo is hopeful the Selecaocan end its 16-year wait to win world sport's greatest prize.
"A few national teams that always will be there in the finals like Germany, Spain, France. All very strong teams," he said.