There's more to becoming an international soccer star than mad skills, crazy athletic prowess and a predilection for strip clubs, you know. Nowadays, there's a rite of passage every dude must endure if he wants to be taken seriously in the beautiful game. No, not launching a line of underwear or getting lines shaved in their hair (although this helps) — we're talking about going under the needle and sporting a dozen or so tattoos, of course.

While these five players have already crashed out of this year's World Cup, they're still angling for the title of Most Heavily Tattooed. So cast your eyes over their ink, head to Twitter and let us know whether you think they display artistry to rival a Messi dribble or are more akin to a defender's hoof upfield.