Raul Jose Trindade Meireles known as Raul Meireles is a Portuguese former footballer who used to play as a midfielder. Meireles has represented the country in two World Cups and as many European Championships, earning a total of 73 caps and scoring ten goals. Meireles is a huge fan of tattoos since he was 18 years old. Meireles has long been noted for his extravagant style. During an interview with Liverpool’s official website, Meireles jokingly said that he wanted to win the “Ink championship” against teammates Daniel Agger and Martin Škrtel, due to their shared affection for tattoos. Let us take a sturdy look at all of his inks and study about their meanings.
1. ‘Dragon’ Tattoo
2. ’03-03-04′ Tattoo
Tattoo: The back of Raul Meireles neck features a tattoo of a banner and a chain that reads a date “03-03-04”.
Meaning: A chain with a banner reading a number 03-03-04 is the date when he signed up with The Porto Club.
3. ‘Stars’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Raul Meireles’s back of the neck has a tattoo of three stars and addition of AL and 14 in the beginning and at the end of the stars.
Meaning: The inclusion of alphabets AL and 14 symbolize his rating of 80 and a potential of 80 In FIFA 14.
4. ‘Skulls’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Across Raul Meireles’s chest there is a tattoo of two skull heads facing each other and designed in a floral and tribal way.
Meaning: On his previous ink of two skull heads a transformation was performed by Raul Meireles on June 1, 2014, before going to the World Cup.
5. ‘Rosary Beads Skull Locket’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Raul Meireles has a locket and a rosary beads chain inked around his neck reaching all the way down his stomach. The locket has a skull. He got this ink to mark his twenty-eighth birthday.
Left Arm Tattoos
6. ‘Daughter’s Name’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The left upper side of the footballer’s arm has ink of his daughter’s name which reads as LARA with some beautiful artistic artwork of floral designs and flowers is tattooed on it.
7. ‘Starfish’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the elbow of Raul Meireles’s left arm there is a tattoo of a starfish with some marine plants inked around it.
8. ‘Name’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left-hand wrist, Raul has got his own name “Raul” accompanying some design inked on it.
9. ‘Portrait of Woman’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Across Raul Meireles’s left upper arm there exists a tattoo of a mermaid whom he transformed into a zombie later.
10. ‘Hand’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On march 30,2016 Raul Meireles revealed his hand tattoo for the first time on twitter captioning it as
It’s not a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. #NewInk #BeTheBoss.
Meaning: The tattoo consists of lips with a cross in red above followed by a crop yielder Machine inked with a dandelion of a crop, initials of cs near his palm and some alphabets along with the word, ART inked near the base of his fingers.
Right Arm Tattoos
11. ‘LOVE’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On 21 July 2013, Raul got a tattoo of the word ‘LOVE’ across the knuckles of his right hand.
Meaning: A tattoo of LOVE on knuckles of his right hand with letter O which comprises of chained seven stars to give it a look of a football thus emphasizing his love for the sport football.
12. ‘ROSE’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Raul Meireles has a tattoo of a rose and some petals sharpened in a bun tattooed on the top of his right hand and inked in the blue-green shade.
13. Tribal Tattoo
Tattoo: The shoulder to bicep of Raul Meireles has a tattoo of a tribal design along with some roses and a bird inked on it.
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14. ‘Woman Face’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The right forearm of a footballer has a portrait of his wife Ivone Viana inked on it.
15. Numeral Tattoo
Tattoo: Above the tattoo of his wife Ivone Viana Raul has a tattoo of numeral 3 inked on his forearm.
16. ‘Praying Hands’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The tattoo of two hands adjoined together in praying position are inked on Raul Meireles right forearm.
17. ‘Man’s Face’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The portrait of a man wearing spectacles is inked on Raul Meireles right arm wrist.
18. ‘Blue Rose’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The right elbow of Raul Meireles wears a tattoo of a blue rose with a banner attached to it that reads some Portugal quote.
19. Unknown Tattoo
20. Right Leg Tattoo
Tattoo: On January 2, 2014, Raul Meireles shows off his crazy full-length leg tattoo in Portugal training claiming that,
“A little more efforts and it’ll be done … and no, It does not hurt! #NewTattoo” through his Twitter account.
Meaning: Raul’s leg contains multiple tattoos which include different faces of three women. One is holding a rosary beads locket, another one with a ponytail and a smiling face and the third is inked near his lower leg along with Writing in Istanbul with a mosque inked below in. There is a large hand clock on the calf of his right leg followed by the Lisbon tram behind it with a cart on his calf. Finally, a flower of a rose on his knee. Mike with some musical notes on the front of his leg which seems to make the track for the coming train. An Ornate church with an iconic bell tower with word Porto written on the front of his lower leg which is a Baroque church with a marble altarpiece & a 75-m bell tower that is a symbol of Porto.