Paul Pogba intentionally toned down his usually flamboyant hairstyle during France's road to World Cup glory.
The Manchester United midfielder has often faced scrutiny over his elaborate hairdos , fashion sense and penchant for fancy dance moves.
Pogba was keen not to give his detractors any ammunition during Russia 2018, though, and he played a starring role as Les Bleus were crowned world champions for the second time.
"A haircut does not prevent you [the media] from talking, but I purposely did nothing, to stay low key," he told RMC .
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"I wasn't going to hear excuses about my haircut. We are going to stay focused. Talk about football, talk about the pitch, talk about performances.
"People say I'm a leader. I will never say that, you have to show it on the pitch."
Pogba is renowned for his laid-back attitude off the field, but his mature displays in Russia earned him plenty of plaudits.
And the former Juventus midfielder also showed his leadership skills with an inspiring pre-match talk to his team-mates ahead of the final against Croatia.
"There are moments when I laugh, I joke around, I love dancing," he added.
"I like to enjoy my life, but I can also be serious when I have to be serious.
"If I can help the squad by speaking at times like that, I do it. The World Cup is important, you had to show maturity."