As most fans of clubs will know only too well, you can be singing the name of a player on the terraces one week only to see them move on the next.
Valencia supporter Joshua Munoz found this out the hard way recently when his favourite player, Geoffrey Kondogbia, was suddenly sold to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid for just €10 million outside of the transfer window.
As if losing a first-team staple for a relative pittance wasn’t bad enough, Los Che fan Munoz had paid good money to have an enormous tattoo of Kondogbia on his upper thigh.
Kondogbia first arrived at the Mestalla in the summer of 2017, with Munoz deciding to get his tattoo tribute in the run up to Valencia’s big meeting with Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final in 2019. He even got the opportunity to show the indelible portrait to the man himself beforehand.
However, despite Kondogbia moving on to pastures new, Munoz has proclaimed that the ink tribute is going nowhere.
“It [the tattoo] is going to remain as it is,” he told reporters defiantly. “At the time, I thought it was a good idea. I don’t regret it.”
🔝 Para siempre grabado en su piel…
😍 @Geo_Kondogbia, emocionado y sorprendido al ver el tatuaje más valencianista de Joshua
Para siempre en su pierna la garra, fuerza y SENTIMENT de Kondo 🖤
— Valencia CF 🦇🍊🌊 (@valenciacf) May 24, 2019
Valencia went on to beat Barca 2-1 in the final with Kondogbia coming off the bench on the hour mark to help shore things up against Lionel Messi and Co. At the very least, the tattoo will always remind Munoz of better times for Los Che.
And let’s face it, he’s not exactly the only fan to have invested in questionable football-themed body art over the years.
Here’s Chelsea legends John Terry and Frank Lampard sharing some prime real estate on the portly midriff of one enthusiastic supporter.
— Tony Lau (@TeeLau86) January 21, 2013
— Radio X (@RadioX) July 22, 2017
This Seattle Sounders fan celebrated Clint Dempsey’s arrival at the club in 2013 by getting his image behind the ear. Though he might want a refund.
Sometimes I’ll just remember that there’s someone out there with this Clint Dempsey tattoo and I’ll just sit quietly, nodding in awe and reverence. pic.twitter.com/WpU0X3LCxN
— Pablo Iglesias Maurer (@MLSist) April 11, 2019
There’s a couple of entries for Beckham, firstly for himself after he misspelled his wife’s name back in 2000. Yep, we can imagine how this went down in the Beckham household after he opted for Hindi script but got “Vihctoria” tattooed onto his arm. Rather than, of course, “Victoria”.
Beckham’s fans have been known to make the odd gaffe too, with one managing to miss the “h” from his surname.
This Brazilian fan asked for a Neymar tattoo. Who or what the artist responsible ended up doodling on her skin is very much open to debate.
— Ashley Anne (@Ashley_LioNey) June 11, 2013
If Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt and Clint Eastwood had a baby…
— Az! (@az_washy) December 19, 2016
He’s a defender and he’s scored over 100 goals for Real Madrid, so the rightful place for Ramos to be seen celebrating is clearly on the back of someone’s calf.
One Man United fan went and got a loving homage to Gary Neville that unfortunately looks more like the “Chestburster” scene from Aliens.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 15, 2015
A Liverpool fan forgets to run a quick spell-check before getting his ill-advised tattoo tribute to defender Kolo Toure.
We don’t know what’s worse: this tattoo, or Kolo Toure’s mistake… pic.twitter.com/7nAzEP5vgc
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 2, 2014
This classic of the genre proves that failure to double-check tattoo spelling is not just confined to the red half of the Merseyside divide.
— TwitForTatts (@TwitForTatts) June 8, 2014
There’s obviously something in the water at Everton when it comes to their fans spending hard earned money on truly ridiculous tattoos — and that something is likely to be Echo Falls rose wine. The fan in question had presented James with a bottle of rose — through the player’s car window — after the 5-2 win over West Brom at Goodison Park in September. The Colombian accepted his reward, and the supporter chose to make sure it was something he would never be able to forget.
The Everton fan that gave James Rodriguez a bottle of wine has got a tattoo to remember the occasion 🍷 pic.twitter.com/ayq8dmUH6n
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) September 25, 2020
We suspect several devoted Man City fans chose to immortalise Aguero’s famous title-winning strike against QPR in tattoo form, but only one decided to have the entire transcription of the Sky commentary by Martin Tyler forever needled onto his arm.
— Yahoo Sport UK (@YahooSportUK) September 10, 2015
This intrepid City fan decided to have the name of three club legends stencilled upon his chest: Robinho, Shaun Goater, and Kaka. One problem, Kaka never actually signed for City and was the subject of a failed transfer bid in 2009.
can we stop for a moment to remember the city fan and his kaka tattoo pic.twitter.com/FDfzLSVgFE
— Keir (@Kingkeir) August 6, 2013
All you need to know about this one is that Sheffield Wednesday were founded in 1867.
— Patrick Barclays (@EamoV1) April 14, 2015
A tattoo of Totti in his pomp would be a perfectly understandable addition to any Roma fan’s personal portfolio, but a tattoo of the Giallorossi hero taking a selfie of himself? Bonkers.
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 14, 2015
A true masterpiece, in which a Newcastle fan attempts a grandiose tribute to Alan Shearer and ends up with a baked potato with Steve McClaren’s face drawn on it instead.
— Sporting Index (@sportingindex) October 9, 2018
This enormous Flamengo tattoo required 32 sessions over the course 90 hours to complete, let alone probably costing the same as a modest family car.
We stumbled upon this @Flamengo fan in Brazil who has covered his body in tattoos of the team kit. So in the spirit of Social Sunday’s, we thought we’d start the hunt for a Collingwood equivalent! #socialPIES pic.twitter.com/WorxkIFf4R
— Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) May 4, 2018
Club Atletico Nacional
Proof that a full-body football kit tattoo doesn’t always look as fantastic as it sounds — especially when stripes are involved…
— Golazo (@golazo_co) March 11, 2016
Gimnasia fans were understandably excited to have a living legend take over as head coach of their team in 2019.
One supporter even went to the trouble of having an image of the Argentine icon tattooed right across his bald head — only to see Maradona quit less than three months later having taken charge of just eight games.
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Villarreal in need of a Yellow Submarine
Villarreal were left to thank their hardworking ground staff after they worked miracles to ensure the club’s Europa League tie against Maccabi Tel Aviv could go ahead.
In the hours before kick off, a huge storm enveloped the Estadio de la Ceramica, with torrential rain and strong winds hitting the city.
Indeed, the game had to be delayed by an hour as the pitch quickly became an ocean. Guess they don’t have the nickname the Yellow Submarine for no reason.
— Villarreal CF English (@Eng_Villarreal) November 5, 2020
It’s estimated that 60 litres per square metre fell on the grass, with the playing surface becoming so sodden and wind-lashed that it began to take on a hypnotic squalling effect at one point.