Ink-redible sporting tattoos: The best and worst as fans and players show off their body art

Yahoo Sport UK

The Premier League season is about to get under way and millions of fans throughout the world will be showing off their colours – in various ways.

Some supporters even have tattoos that say what they are supposed to say while others are clearly obsessed with their clubs and heroes in a way that could suggest they blank out every other aspect of life.

Oh, and some players also like to join in on the act with some pictures best left in the imagination rather than on the body.

Yahoo Sport takes a look at some of the very best – and worst – tattoos currently showing on a fan near you…

<p>Check out our collection of sporting tattoo hits and misses.</p>
Check out our collection of sporting tattoo hits and misses.

Check out our collection of sporting tattoo hits and misses.

<p>Adam Johnson fan Robert Mullen had his tattoo – of the signature of his idol – removed after the ex-Sunderland and Manchester City star went to prison after an under-age sex scandal </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Adam Johnson fan Robert Mullen had his tattoo – of the signature of his idol – removed after the ex-Sunderland and Manchester City star went to prison after an under-age sex scandal

<p>Shearer will ALWAYS be my favourite No.9. Always… </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Shearer will ALWAYS be my favourite No.9. Always…

<p>Liverpool left back Alberto Moreno has a monkey. With a Gun. Wearing a suit and glasses. No, we have no idea what it’s about either. </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Liverpool left back Alberto Moreno has a monkey. With a Gun. Wearing a suit and glasses. No, we have no idea what it’s about either.

<p>Eljero Elia got a mistake-riddled tattoo celebrating a Dutch Cup win. Two major errors here: First of all, the artist misspelled the name Feyenoord as ‘Fenenoord’. And what would you know, the date of the trophy win on the bottom (meant to be April 24, 2016) is written as 24 – 05 -2016. </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Eljero Elia got a mistake-riddled tattoo celebrating a Dutch Cup win. Two major errors here: First of all, the artist misspelled the name Feyenoord as ‘Fenenoord’. And what would you know, the date of the trophy win on the bottom (meant to be April 24, 2016) is written as 24 – 05 -2016.

<p>Andres D’Alessandro got a tattoo of his face on his stomach. The Argentina star was voted the best player in South America in 2010 so decided to immortalise his own face on his body just below another tattoo – his mother. </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Andres D’Alessandro got a tattoo of his face on his stomach. The Argentina star was voted the best player in South America in 2010 so decided to immortalise his own face on his body just below another tattoo – his mother.

<p>Kolerov’ and ‘Fernhandhinhio – A Manchester City fan gets tattoos of favourite players spelt wrong </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Kolerov’ and ‘Fernhandhinhio – A Manchester City fan gets tattoos of favourite players spelt wrong

<p>Fan gets tattoo of Michael Phelps’ ‘death stare’ tattooed on leg. Grim. </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Fan gets tattoo of Michael Phelps’ ‘death stare’ tattooed on leg. Grim.

<p>Another ‘appy ‘Ammers fan – but this one is a little more sedate and less colourful… </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Another ‘appy ‘Ammers fan – but this one is a little more sedate and less colourful…

<p>This Spurs fan is way a-head of the rest… </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

This Spurs fan is way a-head of the rest…

<p>… but this Arsenal supporter is catching up with him </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

… but this Arsenal supporter is catching up with him

<p>Manchester United 1958 team – as modelled by a Reds supporter. Class. </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Manchester United 1958 team – as modelled by a Reds supporter. Class.

<p>This West Ham supporter looks like a cast iron superfan. Too bad the colouring looks like it was done by nursery school children. </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

This West Ham supporter looks like a cast iron superfan. Too bad the colouring looks like it was done by nursery school children.

<p>Crystal Palace have some very loyal fans – this one is also a bird lover </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Crystal Palace have some very loyal fans – this one is also a bird lover

<p>Back to basics – this Manchester City fan needs no Pep talk </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Back to basics – this Manchester City fan needs no Pep talk

<p>Liverpool fans have plenty to cheer about under Jurgen Klopp – and this fan could not wait to join in the fun </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Liverpool fans have plenty to cheer about under Jurgen Klopp – and this fan could not wait to join in the fun

<p>Playing a new toon: Here’s a tat that will be on display in a stand during the winter, that’s for sure </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Playing a new toon: Here’s a tat that will be on display in a stand during the winter, that’s for sure

<p>Breaking through: This Chelsea fan is used to seeing his heroes crumble </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Breaking through: This Chelsea fan is used to seeing his heroes crumble

<p>Subtle and underplayed: This United nut nails his colours firmly to the mast </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

Subtle and underplayed: This United nut nails his colours firmly to the mast

<p>When Leicester won the Premier League, football smiled. When this tattoo was unveiled, football laughed… </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

When Leicester won the Premier League, football smiled. When this tattoo was unveiled, football laughed…

<p>This Blues fan shows his colours – but is he Manchester City or Birmingham? Oh, it’s Everton… </p>
Best and worst sporting tattoos

This Blues fan shows his colours – but is he Manchester City or Birmingham? Oh, it’s Everton…

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