In a recent interview with Bayern Munich’s web site ahead of the UEFA Supercup against Sevilla, Jerome Boateng explained the reason behind his new purple hair that he’s been sporting for a few weeks now. He explained that he dyed his hair as a result of a bet he had with a friend of his ahead of the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain in Portugal.
When he was asked about the new look, Boateng explained the bet he had with his friend: “That was a bet before we flew to Portugal. A friend of mine was sure that we would win the Champions League. If we can do it I would have to dye my hair purple, if not he would do it right away. I agreed directly and can live with the fact that I dye my hair for such a good reason.” So, technically, Boateng lost the bet with his friend, but won the real prize; the treble. Of course, the center back was also apart of the 2013 squad that won the treble under Jupp Heynckes, but he didn’t wind up with purple hair back then.
He’s now been sporting his new hairstyle for a few weeks, and hasn’t yet hinted at when he might decide to change it up. There’s certainly a sentimental element to the purple dye and it’s been quite the talking point amongst Bayern fans on social media, for all of the right reasons. It’s increasingly special for Boateng, since he really had to work hard last season to get back into the starting lineup under Hansi Flick, for which he’s greatly pleased: “I was healthy, I trained well and the change in coach gave me the chance again. I think I paid off the trust with a performance. I am happy and pleased that I am part of this team.”
Looking forward, Boateng said Bayern is ready and eager to try and repeat another treble-winning season, which will require everyone getting the best out of themselves again: “We want to attack again and defend all titles. The hardest thing to do, once you’ve won it all, is to repeat it. All teams are eager to beat us. We probably have to get a little more out of ourselves, get even better. That must be the goal. The teams in Europe and also in Germany do not sleep.”