Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink



Posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 by Thesun.co.uk

FOOTBALLERS love their tattoos - and some have more meaning than others.

Some of the body art inked on to the biggest names in the sport have some very moving stories behind them.

We highlight nine of the most emotional tattoo tributes.

SERGIO RAMOS

The Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is covered with tattoos, including some amazing numbers on his fingers.

The most moving tattoos have 'The spirit of those dead lies in the memory of those alive' inked in two parts on his right and left biceps.

It is a mark of respect for the victims of the terror attacks on New York on 9/11 2001 and Madrid on 3/11 in 2004.

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Sergio Ramos displays his tattoos including the Star of David on his left arm dedicated to a dead friend

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Sergio Ramos has a tribute to terror victims across both his arms

Ramos, 31, also has a large Star of David on his left arm in memory of his close friend and former team-mate Antonio Puerta, who died aged just 22.

Puerta, a Spanish international, collapsed and later died while playing for Sevilla against Getafe in August 2007.

ANTHONY KNOCKAERT

The Brighton striker Anthony Knockaert has a tattoo of his late father Patrick.

His dad - who worked as a truck driver but made the time to drive him to youth football games - died last November, aged 63, and French star Patrick wanted to honour his memory in ink on his chest.

Local tattooist Daniel Gulliver, who has worked on several Brighton players, created the image of his dad smiling and smoking a cigar.

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Anthony Knockaert with the tattoo to his late father Patrick

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Anthony Knockaert celebrates promotion to the Premier League with Brighton

Knockaert said: "It's all credit to my dad because he did everything for me and I'm here today because of him.

"He always believed in me and he was sure I would be playing in the Premier League."
ARTURO VIDAL

Bayern star Vidal has plenty of tattoos on his skin – including one of his skin tearing away to reveal a Spiderman outfit - but the most bizarre is that of an insulin pump.

He had the work done last year on the right side of his six-pack after his son Alonso, now aged eight, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Arturo Vidal

Vidal also posted a photo of the needlework along with a message for Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, calling for children to have better accessibility to diabetes-related healthcare.

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MAURO ICARDI

The Argentine striker showed off a striking new tattoo of a lion's head, incorporating his daughter's names Francesca and Isabella.

However a tattoo he had done three years ago is even more moving, as it incorporates the three children his wife Mauro has with her ex-hubby Maxi Lopez.

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Mauro Icardi with Wanda and the tattoo of her kids' names

The tattoo names the three children Valentino, Constantino and Benedicto, and reads: 'I love these three little angels'.

Icardi and Lopez were team-mates at Sampdoria when they fell out over the stunning Wanda.

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Mauro Icardi has a massive lion tattoo on his chest with the names of his children

HARRY ARTER

Bournemouth star Harry Arter and his partner Rachel Irwin suffered a heartbreaking stillbirth in December 2015.

Their daughter Renee was stillborn and Arter, 27, has a tribute tattoo dedicated to her on the inside of his right forearm.

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Harry Arter has a tattoo to his still born daughter on his right forearm

It contains the inspirational words 'Setbacks pave the way for comebacks'.

In February this year the couple welcomed the arrival of a baby girl named Raine.

ROBERTO FIRMINO

The tattoos on Firmino's body are all about love.

He has pictures of both his mother and father on his right arm, and a message in German on his back that translates as 'Unremitting love for the family'.

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Roberto Firmino with his wife Larissa during a break in Brazil last summer

Also on his right arm he has a red rose for love, a four-leaf clover as a sign of luck, a peace symbol on his forearm and the year 1991 on his knuckles – representing the year he was born.

The word love is tattooed on the knuckles of his left hand and the name of his daughter Valentina on his chest beside the words 'God is faithful' in Greek.

GABRIEL JESUS

Man City's Brazilian striker has a startling tattoo that documents his rise from the favelas of Sao Paulo.

But the most heart-warming one is of his beloved mum Vera on his arm.

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Gabriel Jesus with his trademark phone celebration in honour of his mum

Strict Vera, who raised her four children alone in a poor district of Sao Paulo, controls almost every aspect of her famous son's life, from the food he eats to where he goes out, and even the girls he meets.

And he celebrates every goal with his trademark phone celebration in honour of Vera.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

The Swedish superstar is covered in inkings but in 2015 he went one stage further and had 50 names of starving people added as temporary tattoos to highlight world hunger.

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He whipped off his shirt after scoring for PSG against Caen to reveal names like Carmen, Mariko, Antoine, Lida and Rahma to show his support for the United Nations World Food Programme.

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Zlatan Ibrahimovic took off his shirt after scoring against Caen to reveal 50 names

He said afterwards: "There are names no one cares to remember."

The referee didn't appreciate the gesture however and booked him.

MAURICIO PINILLA

Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla so nearly became a national hero at the 2014 World Cup.

Chile were drawing 1-1 with hosts Brazil in the final minute of extra time when substitute Pinilla blasted a powerful shot against the home team's crossbar.

Heart-breaking tattoos – when footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Ramos pay tribute in ink
Mauricio Pinilla's tattoo of his shot shattering the Brazilian bar

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