Mario Balotelli was once likened to Eric Cantona for his rebel without a cause character when now the only suitable comparison between the duo is their penalty-taking. Nevertheless, the Italian attention-seeker has dyed his hair a horrific bleach blonde to gain some more attention.

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And yes, he has succeeded. But instead of focusing on the Manchester City striker, it's time to take a trip down memory lane and recall some other direly dyed monstrosities...

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  • David James takes part in a Charity Celebrity football match in Tetbury, Glouchestershire to raise funds for Tetbury Hospital. Headshot, bleached hair.

  • Real Madrid's David Beckham is seen with a new colour hairstyle during a Spanish league soccer match against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2007. Real Madrid won the game 4-1. (AP Photo/Juan Manuel Serrano)

  • Sebastian Frey, Inter Milan goalkeeper, Italian Soccer - Serie A - Inter Milan v Napoli

  • Abel Xavier, Middlesbrough, Soccer - FA Barclays Premiership - Middlesbrough v Manchester City - The Riverside

  • Romania team group , Soccer - World Cup France 98 - Group G - Romania v Tunisia

  • Marc Bircham celebrates their win after the Nationwide Division Two match between Queens Park Rangers and Swindon Town at Loftus Rd on May 1, 2004 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Caird/Getty Images) Queens Park Rangers v Swindon

  • Alan Smith from the England team training for the friendly against Sweden at Arsenal's Training Ground, North London

  • Soccer - Friendly - Rushden and Diamonds v Arsenal Fredrik Ljungberg, Arsenal

  • Manchester United's new signing Rio Ferdinand poses for photographers at the club's Old Trafford ground. The 23-year-old former Leeds defender smashed British transfer fee records when he moved across the Pennines to become the sixth most expensive footballer of all time.

  • Louis Saha of Everton looks on during the pre season friendly between Birmingham City and Everton at St Andrews (stadium) on July 30, 2011 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Fulham's Junichi Inamoto with his new hair style

  • Djibril Cisse, Liverpool

  • Sandro, Tottenham Hotspur

  • Paul Scharner, Wigan Athletic