Would Cavani ever cut his hair short?
When you picture Edinson Cavani, what do you see?
Perhaps it’s the Uruguayan celebrating yet another goal with his trademark ‘archer’ routine, or maybe that insatiable desire to chase a lost cause, which has so endeared him to Manchester United fans during his 12 months at the club.
Who are we kidding? It’s definitely the long, flowing black hair, isn’t it?
The latest in a long line of South American strikers with luscious locks (think Claudio Caniggia, Gabriel Batistuta or Edi’s former team-mate and ex-Red Diego Forlan), Cavani just wouldn’t look the same with a short back and sides.
It seems like the man himself agrees too, as he was asked the question by Louis from the UK as part of a brand-new fans’ Q&A, which will be published in full across our platforms and in the Newcastle edition of United Review, our official matchday programme, over the weekend.
“Funnily enough, this is a question that I hear a lot amongst my friends and family when they ask: ‘Can you ever see yourself having short hair, Edi?’ ‘Edi, have you ever thought of getting your hair cut shorter?’” Cavani began.
“So, this topic quite often does come up when chatting with friends and family. And I just don’t know, I’m not sure.”
Although there are pictures out there of him with a crew cut, Edi told us he has been rocking the same style now for the best part of two decades, starting from when he moved from his hometown of Salto to first club Danubio.
“I had short hair until I was 15, which was when I decided to go to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, to play football,” he continued.
“That’s when I started to let my hair grow, right up until today, and so, what’s that? Just think, it’s nearly 20 years now that I’ve had long hair.”
Edi sees that rebellious choice in his teens as being linked to his mum making him keep it short as a youngster.
Now, he can’t imagine himself without it, so there are certainly no David Beckham-style overnight transformations on the cards for our new no.21 any time soon, let’s put it that way…
“Like I just said before, I don’t know whether I’ll get it cut and wear it shorter. Neither could I see any reason to do that because I do like having my hair long just like this and I can’t really imagine myself with short hair.
“I think it’s a lot to do with when I was a kid, and my mum would always be cutting my hair and even giving me a buzz cut for school and to avoid getting nits.
“I don’t think my mum wanted to be there all the time picking them out! So, she would pretty much shave my head and leave it like that…
“So I guess that is maybe why, because I didn’t like it one bit... so maybe that’s partly the reason why I don’t want to get my hair cut and probably never will do either, from now right up to when I’m old!”
Look out for the rest of Edi’s Q&A, which will be published in two parts, on Saturday and Sunday.