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Footballers pay up to £30,000 on hair transplants, including Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney, David Silva & Andros Townsend

IF you watched Manchester City legend David Silva in the 2018-19 season, you might just have noticed the continued and unexpected growth of his hair. Having started the season with a shaved head, the now departed Spanish maestro quickly boasted the kind of full and luxuriant head of hair rarely seen outside of the world […] ...

IF you watched Manchester City legend David Silva in the 2018-19 season, you might just have noticed the continued and unexpected growth of his hair.

Having started the season with a shaved head, the now departed Spanish maestro quickly boasted the kind of full and luxuriant head of hair rarely seen outside of the world of Action Man.

City star David Silva has been spotted recently with a thicker head of hair
Man City legend David Silva is boasting a thicker head of hair again
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Photo from November 2017 shows David Silva's new hairline
This photo from November 2017 shows the Spaniard’s new hairline
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Has he had a bit of help up top?

Well, if he has he won’t have been the first player to do it.

Join SunSport in unveiling footballers who have been vain enough to do something about being follically challenged.

WAYNE ROONEY

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney started going bald at 25
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Wayne Rooney
He decided to do something about it, admitting having a hair transplant
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Wayne Rooney shows off his new look in 2013
Wayne Rooney shows off his new look in 2013
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Wayne Rooneys hair is still impressive even now he has stepped into management at Derby
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Possibly the most famous of all modern day hair transplants, Wayne Rooney’s ongoing battle with his barnet has occupied many column inches over the years.

To his credit, the current Derby boss Rooney has never hidden the fact that he’s undergone several procedures in his bid to beat his baldness, spending a reported £30,000 in the process.

In 2011, for example, he took to Twitter to proudly declare the start of his treatment and to show the results of the surgery.

He’s also said to use hair thickening sprays too. And it’s still not working.

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STEPHEN IRELAND

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As a youngster coming through Man City’s ranks, Stephen Ireland’s hairline was high
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Stephen Ireland
However, in around 2006 his hair appeared bushier
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Stephen Ireland
Now, Stephen Ireland’s accepted his baldness
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Where do you start with Stephen Ireland’s hair? Or lack of it.

In his early days as a professional, it was clear he was thinning on top but then around 2006-07, his hair suddenly sprung into life.

At the time, rumours abounded that it was actually a wig, rather than a transplant.

But in 2008 the plot, unlike his hair, thickened when he turned out for Manchester City with his head completely shaved.

Now retired after a stint at Bolton, the 35-year-old now opts for the bald but bearded style.

ANDROS TOWNSEND

Andros Townsend
In 2015, while sat on the bench at Spurs, Andros Townsend’s hair looked like it was on the way out
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Andros Townsend
Far forward four years and his afro is like a Leylandii hedge
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Far forward six years and his afro is like a Leylandii hedge
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This was Andros Townsend in 2015, sat on the bench for Spurs.

Fast forward six years and the Everton star’s hair has not just returned it’s growing like a Leylandii hedge.

He’ll need planning permission soon.

DIMITAR BERBATOV

Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov’s baldness was clear in her elder years at Man United
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Dimitar Berbatov
Today, Berbatov’s barnet is thicker and darker than ever
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When he was a player for Spurs and Manchester United, the Bulgarian striker became known as one the earlier pioneers of the Alice band.

But by the time he joined Monaco in 2014 he didn’t really have any need for it.

Check him out now though – what a transformation.

Time to dig out the Alice band again.

ANTONIO CONTE

Antonio Conte going thin up top during his playing days at Juventus
Antonio Conte going thin up top during his playing days at Juventus
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Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has now a full head of hair… again
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Former Chelsea and Juventus manager Conte is such a perfectionist he has had THREE hair transplants.

He underwent two less than successful procedures in his native Italy after retiring as a player.

Eventually he got his barnet back when he flew to Vancouver, Canada, to the famous Hasson and Wong clinic.

This time the surgery worked, and he still has the full head of hair he dreamed of, despite leaving Inter Milan and being out of work since the summer after his previous spell at Chelsea.

ASHLEY BARNES

Ashley Barnes
Ashley Barnes has been open about having a hair transplant
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Ashley Barnes
However, it’s not quite as impressive as Barnes might’ve hoped
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In September 2017, the Burnley striker opened up about his decision to have a hair transplant, blaming jibes form his team-mates and the fact that he hated seeing his balding pate on Match of the Day.

He admitted: “You see a little island and you think, ‘Woah, I didn’t think I was that bad.’”

“I thought something needs to be done.”

So he went for it. Even now, it’s not entirely obvious that it’s worked. Hope he kept the receipt.

DAVID PLATT

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David Platt sported a visible bald patch during his coaching days at Man City
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David Platt
Now a club consultant for Italian side Palermo, Platt’s hair transplant has taken years off
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Maybe it was the pressure of trying to coach Mario Balotelli at Manchester City that made David Platt’s hair fall out?

It may, of course, just been genetics.

Platty is clearly enjoying life now all his hair has come back. Mind you, that was because he had a hair transplant in 2016.

“I’ve struggled with male pattern hair loss for many years, and eventually got to a point where I decided it was time to address it,” he said.
“I’m thrilled with my new look and really impressed with my new hairline.”

DAVID BECKHAM

David Beckham
There’s no proof that David Beckham had a hair transplant
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David Beckham
But Becks’ hair is today fuller and thicker
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We have no proof that David Beckham, a man known for his luscious locks, has been follically challenged.

But try finding a picture of him not wearing a hat in the latter part of 2018.

Then ask yourself how the now owner of Inter Miami can go from this to this in a few short months?

Of course, it may just be daily doses of kelp!

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