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Diego Simeone’s son made to undergo bizarre initiation ceremony

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The son of Argentine star Diego Simeone has been subjected to an embarrassing initiation by his club River Plate.

Highly-rated Argentina youth striker Giovanni, 18, signed his first senior contract with River this week and was made to shave his head into a bizarre shape.

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The front and back starts like a classic skinhead, but the sides have been left at full length, making him look like a balding middle-aged man preparing for the dreaded comb-over.

Even worse though is the tuft at the crown, resembling a mini-ponytail that should only be sported by a sumo wrestler.

It remains to be seen how his dad reacts – no-nonsense Atletico Madrid boss Diego was described as having played the game "with a knife between his teeth", and his management style is similarly abrasive. Just look at him!

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His son’s shocking barnet was not of Gio’s own volition though, as River’s senior players are known to subject youth-team graduates to American-style 'hazing' rituals when they sign pro terms.

So while not the best way to turn up for your first day of work, it could be worse – he could have actually asked for the haircut. Like these chaps below…

Raheem Sterling goes old-school:

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If you get to meet the Pope, get a proper haircut Roberto...

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If you believe the rumours, Taribo West was approximately 40 years old when this picture was taken:

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