The Grunge Era’s Grungiest Footballers

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Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell passed away on Wednesday, so I thought I’d dedicate my Friday post to him and all the other great grunge musicians of his era. As a child of the ’90s, I grew up listening to Nirvana, Alice and Chains, Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots. The grunge culture defined ’90s teen angst and put flannels and long hair into the annals of pop culture fashion. Today’s footballers look more like boy band stars than grunge rockers, so let’s look back at some of the grungiest players in football history.

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The late Trifon Ivanov was one of USA ’94’s grungiest personalities. 

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Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama rocked the grungy hair, but probably preferred vallenato to grunge rock.

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Claudio Caniggia scored big goals and partied with Diego Maradona like a rock star. 

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Alexi Lalas is an actual musician that became the first American to play in Serie A.

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Ruud Gullit had the kind of bangin’ dreads any ’90’s frontman would’ve loved.

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Italia ’90 star Tomas Skuhravy had a mean mullet and a very mean header. 

Soccer has become a clean-cut sport, but what modern day footballer do you think could double as a rock star? Let me know in the comments.




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