Toby Alderweireld’s 6 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Tobias Albertine Maurits Alderweireld professionally known as Toby Alderweireld is a Belgian professional footballer from Antwerp. Alderweireld started his International career in 2009. He was a part of the Belgian national team in the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and 2018, and in UEFA Euro Cup in 2016. However, as is the case with a lot of footballers, Toby Alderweireld is also a big fan of tattoos. Let us study them and their meanings.

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1. ‘Brothers’ Names’ Tattoo

Toby Aderweireld chest Tattoo

Tattoo: Tottenham defender has a tattoo of his brothers’ first names, “Steve” and “Sven” positioned on his left side of his chest.

Alderweireld explained :

“As for the names of my brothers, I always get asked: ‘What if you have a fight?’ That will never happen. I know that they mean to me. We don’t see each other a lot, but when it does, it’s instantly boom-boom-boom!”

Left Arm Tattoos:

2. Quote 

Toby Aderweireld left arm quote tattoo

Toby Aderweireld left arm quote tattoo

Tattoo: There exists a quote covering Tottenham defender’s full bicep of his right arm extending to his elbow. A quote reads “Each day I come closer to the home where I was born”. This tattoo is a clear representation of his own life.

Alderweireld explained: Everyday I come closer to the moment when I return home. It’s the summary of my life story.”

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3. An Illustration Tattoo

Toby Aderweireld left arm illustration tattoo

Tattoo: There exists a huge tribal design tattoo comprising of multiple roses and floral designs covering the whole of Toby Alderweireld’s left arm- from his shoulder to his elbow.

4. ‘An Angel’ Tattoo

Toby Aderweireld left arm Angel tattoo

Tattoo: Toby Alderweireld’s inner left forearm is inked with Sistine Chapel Fresco.

Meaning: He decided to get this tattoo on him to demonstrate how he is a believer ‘in his own way’.

Right Arm Tattoos:

5. ‘Antwerp Cathedral’ Tattoo

Toby Aderweireld right arm cathedral tattoo

Toby Aderweireld right arm cathedral tattoo

Tattoo: Toby has a depiction of the Gothic Church inked inside of his right forearm.

Meaning: The Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp is the largest Gothic Church in the Low Countries.  A 123 meters high, northern tower which in stone lacework is tattooed on his arm. Antwerp is Tony’s home city.

Toby Alderweireld discussed :

“He miss his family events over the past 12 years that it started to weigh heavily on him. And this was a way of keeping his home city and family close to him.”

6. ‘Celtic Cross’ Tattoo

Toby Alderweireld right bicep tattoo

Tattoo: The sketch of a Celtic cross along with a rosary bead is tattooed on Alderweireld’s right bicep.

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