Sergio Ramos’ finger tattoos voted worst in sport but Man Utd legend David Beckham tops list of best tatts – The Sun
SERGIO RAMOS’ finger tattoos have been voted the WORST body art among sportsmen.
The Spaniard’s unusual inkings refer to important numbers throughout his career, including a stoppage-time goal in the Champions League Final.
And the numbers 35 and 32 refer to the squad numbers he wore after breaking into the team in Sevilla.
Italian footballer Alessandro Diamanti’s bizarre smiley-face image also features in the top five while Bournemouth’s Artur Boruc placed 15th with his tattoo, strategically inked around his navel, featuring a monkey bending over to reveal its rear end.
The poll of 2,000 UK sports fans saw Mike Tyson’s facial markings come in second place on the list overall.
Although interestingly, Tyson’s tatts also gained him enough fans to land him on the list of the 20 BEST tattoos.
The study was commissioned by Compare.bet, which has created a quiz to test your knowledge of sports stars' ink.
A spokesman for the betting comparison site said: “One of the most famous is Cristiano Ronaldo, who supposedly doesn’t have any because he gives blood so often.
TOP 20 WORST TATTOOS:
1. Sergio Ramos
2. Mike Tyson
3. Alessandro Diamanti
4. Jay Bothroyd
5. Raheem Sterling
6. Andres D'Alessandro
7. Tim Howard
8. Nile Ranger
9. Conor McGregor
10. Daniel Agger
11. David Beckham
12. Damian Delaney
13. Leroy Sane
14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
15. Artur Boruc
16. Wayne Rooney
17. Lionel Messi
18. Stephen Ireland
19. Nigel De Jong
20. Dele Alli
“But of course, with so many sports stars covered in ink, some of them are bound to be more memorable – for better or worse – than others.”
Raheem Sterling also placed highly on the list for terrible tatts, with his infamous machine gun inking the best known.
And Nile Ranger’s facial tattoo of his own name saw him place eighth on the list.
Unsurprisingly, David Beckham's body art is considered to be the best among sportsmen, while Lewis Hamilton’s ornate inking earned him second place on the podium.
And Anthony Joshua’s artwork of the outline of Africa with ‘Wisdom’ emblazoned above saw him take bronze.
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Lionel Messi, who got his first tattoo in 2012, came fourth on the list.
The study also found three quarters of adults now think it’s ‘the norm’ for athletes to be covered in tattoos.
Four in 10 say it’s because footballers and other sports people have too much money, and a quarter think it’s just to fill all the free time they’ve got.
But half of those polled see elaborate tattoos as nothing more than a way of elite athletes ‘showing off’.
Despite this, a quarter of the population have even based their own inkings on something a favourite sportsman has got, according to the research carried out through OnePoll.
TOP 20 BEST TATTOOS
1. David Beckham
2. Lewis Hamilton
3. Anthony Joshua
4. Lionel Messi
5. Conor McGregor
6. Leroy Sane
7. Daniel Agger
8. Nigel De Jong
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
10. Wayne Rooney
11. Mike Tyson
12. Greg Rutherford
13. Stephen Ireland
14. Tim Howard
15. Raheem Sterling
16. Dele Alli
17. Sergio Ramos
18. Ezequiel Lavezzi
19. Alessandro Diamanti
20. John Stones
And on average, Brits reckon they’d have as many as 14 designs each if they were to become a famous athlete.
Compare.bet’s spokesman added: “With so many athletes having tattoos, it can sometimes even be hard to work out whose is whose.
“Tattoos are a great way for sports people to commemorate a memorable moment – if they can find the space for another one.”
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