Paul Pogba purposely had a “low-key” haircut at the World Cup to avoid it becoming a distraction.
Pogba has often been criticised for his choice of garish and colourful hairstyles, with Garth Crooks a particular critic of the constant changes.
The Frenchman kept things simple during the World Cup however, opting not to change his hairstyle once as Les Bleus lifted the famous trophy.
He says that was a conscious decision to avoid hearing “excuses”.
“A haircut does not prevent you from talking, but I purposely did nothing, to stay low-key,” he told RMC.
“Like that, I wasn’t going to hear excuses about my haircut. We are going to stay focused. Talk about football, talk about the pitch, talk about performances.
“People say I’m a leader…I will never say that, you have to show it on the pitch.”