Premier League cult hero Tugay looks completely different without flowing locks

Premier League cult hero Tugay looks completely different now, with his iconic flowing locks nowhere to be seen.

The former midfielder used to have his long blonde hair trailing behind him while running the middle of the park for Blackburn from 2001-09. But even towards the end of his career he started turning grey.

And now 51 years old, Tugay has not only fully embraced the silver fox look, but also adopted a much shorter slicked-back version of his hair-do. His Instagram feed is a mix of snaps from his playing days and uploads of his current family life alongside children Berke and Melissa.

The Turk, who picked up 94 caps for his country and represented them at Euro 1996, Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup, tried his hand at coaching after hanging up his boots. After linking up with former manager Mark Hughes at Manchester City for a stint in their academy, he returned to Galatasaray, where he'd spent 13 years as a player.

He was their assistant manager for the 2010/11 and 2013/14 seasons, working alongside Roberto Mancini for the latter. But Tugay has stayed away from football since a brief and unsuccessful spell as boss of Turkish second division club Şanlıurfaspor ended in 2016.

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He has also rarely spoken publicly – but his former colleagues have. Fellow ex-Blackburn man Matt Jensen revealed his astonishing smoking habits, saying: "He would smell of tobacco in the dressing room beforehand. Then he would run the show for 45 minutes. Then he would be smoking again at half-time.

"I remember Graeme Souness looking around a dressing-room at half-time and saying, ‘Where’s Tugay?’ We all looked over to the toilets and there were rings of smoke coming out of the top of the cubicle."

Tugay was highly rated by his peers. Robbie Savage named him as the best player he ever played with, topping his old international team-mate and ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs.

And Hughes offered similar praise. He told Daily Star Sport last year: "Best I’ve managed, best I’ve played against, probably in my top three, I rated him that highly. A real character, always liked a fag at half-time. A great guy.”

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