Forget tactics or best players; all you need to know about the World Cup before it begins is which players have the strangest, most noteworthy haircuts. That way, you can school your friends when they gawk at Marouane Fellaini's afro or Cristiano Ronaldo's perfectly sculpted Bacary Sagna's blonde-dyed braids. Here's a break down of the hairstyles you'll likely be talking about for the next few weeks.
Neymar of Brazil
One of the tournament's best goal-scorers also has one of the interesting haircuts, as Neymar sports buzzed sides, long sweaty bangs, and a thick rat-tail in the back. Neymar should be front and center for hometown favorites Brazil, so get to know this thick mohawk-like style well. It doesn't quite compare to his straight-up mullet at the Olympics, but hey, you take what you can get.
Marouane Fellaini of Belgium
The six-foot-four midfielder adds another six inches when you factor his poofy afro onto the measurement. And no, he doesn't do anything special to get it that big. "“I wash it sometimes," he told Mirror Online. "But that’s it."
Bacary Sagna of France
Sagna will be running the right back position for Les Bleus with his patented black-and-yellow braids in tow. The Frenchman says the peculiar hair was a result of a bet with his father in his younger days, and he has kept them as his trademark ever since.