- Colombian icon Carlos Valderrama has made a pledge ahead of the World Cup
- The former midfielder has vowed to shave off his trademark long locks
- His nation must win the World Cup however for him to go through with it
- Colombia made the semis of the 2014 tournament but were beaten by Brazil
Colombian icon Carlos Valderrama has vowed to completely shave off his trademark long hair, on one particular condition.
The former midfielder will take the shears to his famous locks should his nation become world champions in Russia this summer.
A star of the 1980s and 1990s, Valderrama became known all over world football for his rhythmic style of play and his more than distinguishable hairstyle.
Colombia icon Carlos Valderrama vowed to shave off his hair if his nation win the World Cup
Opposition defences became familiar with the sight of a huge mass of blond hair flashing past them, before bearing down on goal.
Valderrama continued with the outlandish hairstyle well into retirement, but is now willing to get rid of the lot if Colombia can lift the most coveted trophy in world football.
‘If we are world champions … it’s yes,’ Valderrama told Russia Today when asked if he would be willing to do so.
‘We don’t qualify for World Cups very often, you know. So, we have to use this opportunity and if we reach there, we live it in the flesh.’
The legendary midfielder was known across the world of football for his trademark long locks
Los Cafeteros dazzled at the Brazil World Cup and will look to impress once more in Russia
Colombia did not feature at the World Cup tournament between 2002 and 2010, though have quickly grown in stature as an international footballing force since.
Qualification at the Brazil World Cup of 2014 saw Los Cafeteros return to the competition, playing some exhilarating football to reach the quarter finals, where they were narrowly defeated by the hosts.
Colombia will meet Japan in their World Cup opener on June 19 and also face Poland and Senegal in Group H.
Author: Nancy Parker
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