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Cristiano Ronaldo, a soccer god, no question--but a fashion icon, too? If hairstyle counts for anything, Ronaldo is one of the most versatile, inventive and successful athletes out there. For every guy who wants the fame, fortune and skill of Ronaldo, there's another who just wants his fantastic hairdo.

Making your hair like Cristiano Ronaldo's

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First and foremost--and this can be an issue for many guys--make sure you start your styling session with clean hair. This means thoroughly washing your hair and towel-drying it. Don't use a hair dryer because dry and possibly burnt hair is not as primed for a styling session as damp locks and bangs.

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Next, take your high-quality hair-styling spray and lightly spritz. Make sure your hair spray is water soluble and easily washed away. Clumpy, natty hair prevents proper application of hair gel, which will be detrimental to the process.

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The application of the gel is where the real styling comes in. This can be the most stressful and fun part. Take your gel--ideally not the cheapest container in the store, but something mid-to-high range--and lightly, but thoroughly, cover your entire head. This is best done by starting in the front and working your way back, massaging the gel in as you go. Try to enjoy this part, and start picturing yourself with Ronaldo-caliber hair.

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Now that you have put in all the prep work, it's time to get creative. Take out your Ronaldo pictures, or find some on the Internet, and begin emulating the master. Most of the Real Madrid star's best looks have a crisp, swept-back look in front that fades into messier spikes--often somewhat Mohawk-shaped--at mid-scalp.

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Once you've found a satisfying look, it's time to make a public appearance and see what people think. You can always go back and make improvements, some of which might include unconventional snips and flashy coloring.

Tip

Remember, when trying to emulate Ronaldo's hairstyle, you should also try and capture his demeanor, which is laid-back, confident and not afraid to flash a smile.

About the Author

Ariel Phillips

Ariel Phillips is an editor and writer living in Portland, Ore. He has written for "n+1 Journal" and "The Rumpus Magazine," among others. He maintains an interest in a variety of subjects, including art, culture, the environment, media, the sciences and sports. He earned bachelor's degrees in art and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.