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Landon Donovan reveals the origins of a bizarre hairstyle

No, Landon Donovan did not leave his hair appointment early to make it to Fox Sports' coverage of UEFA Euro 2024 on Monday.

Hours after the 42-year-old former soccer star's bizarre new look made headlines, Donovan explained in a text exchange with former LA Galaxy teammate Mike Magee that he had undergone a hair transplant two weeks earlier.

“LD, check Twitter ASAP and probably fire your hairdresser,” Magee wrote to Donovan, who replied, “Where were you seven hours ago??? Had a hair transplant two weeks ago and was told it wouldn't show on camera.”

Landon Donovan went viral this week with a bizarre appearance on a Fox Sports broadcast. X
The text exchange between Landon Donovan and Mike Magee about the former's hairstyle. X/Mike Magee

Magee then asked Donovan if he could share her lyric change on social media.

“Whatever, I deserve it,” Donovan replied.

When Donovan appeared on the broadcast of Austria's 1-0 loss to France on Monday, there was an immediate flurry of commentary on social media.

Landon Donovan for one of his former clubs, Los Angeles Galaxy. AP
Landon Donovan for the US men’s national team. AP

“Did Landon Donovan literally run out of the barbershop in the middle of a haircut because he was late for work?” posted one X-user.

Another joked: “Landon Donovan doesn't give a damn about this and you know what, I respect that.”

Donovan was a member of the LA Galaxy from 2005 to 2014. He played for the team for a second time in 2016.

Donovan is considered one of the greats in America and is the USMNT's top scorer with 57 goals, along with Clint Dempsey.

Donovan is the only American to win the Golden Ball Award and has been named U.S. Soccer Player of the Year four times, a record.

Although Donovan took part in three World Cup appearances during his career, he was not nominated again by coach Jürgen Klinsmann in 2014.

Landon Donovan during his first World Championship in 2002. AP
Landon Donovan scores a penalty against Ghana during the 2010 World Cup. Getty Images

This team – which consisted of seven players under the age of 24 – would have benefited from an experienced veteran like Donovan, as the team was eliminated in the round of 16 by Belgium.

Donovan officially ended his career in 2018.

After his retirement, he became a co-commentator for Fox Sports.