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.
1. ‘Brothers’ Names’ 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:
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.”
3. An 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
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
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
Tattoo: The sketch of a Celtic cross along with a rosary bead is tattooed on Alderweireld’s right bicep.