It was back in 2018 where we did a list of 10 Most Stylish Footballers. Fast forward a year later, fashion in football has mattered more than ever with the emergence of youngsters as well as veterans who’s not only scoring goals on the field but also scoring photo-worthy looks off the field.
Welcome back to 10 Most Stylish Footballers—Redux. We pick out 10 of the most currently stylish footballers:
Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus
It goes without saying that when your current net worth is $450 million USD and when every part of your body is a beautifully-built lethal goal-scoring weapon which made you one of if not the best football player of all time, you’d want to be wrapped in the finest of designer clothes and accessories.
While skinny and most of the time teared jeans are almost a permanent staple when arriving for training or for days off, Ronaldo’s usually safely tops his look with t-shirts and jackets with a bit of a punkish attitude going on. He also tends to went full-on “the-most-dapper-man-from-Portugal” mode with smart casual designer pieces to elaborate a CR7 signature interpretation of a flamboyant gentlemen look.
Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint Germain
The youngest French player to score in a world cup, the second teenager to score in a World Cup Final after Pele, and became the world’s most expensive teenager in 2017 at age 18 with a €180 million transfer fee; the Paris Saint Germain forward is just like other footballers his age (or any teenagers in the world) he seems to be a fanatic of streetwear and exclusives sneakers—often spotted with Nikes and Off-Whites.
But the golden boy is one of the rarest of breeds when it comes to football player’s fashion: a teenager who surely knows how dress his own way when you’re a hyper-paid athlete with an appreciation for minimalism.
Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
The younger version of the Spaniard was not much of what you’d say fashion nor style conscious, with his then long hair and clean-shaven face. But as he matured on the pitch, so did his style. Like we previously say: While some players have always been about flashy and youthful branded street styles, for Ramos is all about absolute class and pure elegance.
The Real Madrid legend knows how to dress that perfectly shows his form and compliments his well-tended facial topiary as well as his almost-fully inked limbs in the most chic outfits possible. Head-to-toe Black Caviar nubuck, purple velvet Hugo Boss, full-on embroidered Gucci, flamboyant printed Dolce & Gabbana, to even a fur coat only the Italian mafia would wear—Sergio is a master of dressing up and dressing down.
Andrea Pirlo – Former Juventus Player
Putting David Beckham into a football fashion list is getting a bit boring, so we decided to go with another former player: Former Italian international, midfield maestro and free kick specialist as well as another good taste ambassador Andrea Pirlo.
It goes by simply saying that Pirlo’s looks are distinctively and simply Italian: shirt with sleeves rolled up the forearm, shades, chinos or a pair of dark wash denim, and some cushy loafers. He might throw a blazer on over the top, but its more likely to be a chunky knit cardigan; simply elegant, classy in all things designer and luxurious with a very flamboyant flair. And let’s not forget that he has one of the best hair (and sometimes facial topiary when he’s not shaving) to ever grace the football pitch—which is a quintessential part of his looks.
Paul Pogba – Manchester United
Since whatever style and hair he puts on always generates media buzz, the Manchester United midfielder’s is often compared to his fashion highness David Beckham. While the former midfielder has a different fashion game of his own, Pogba is the master of lit athleisure game.
He endlessly parades a self-proclaimed look which he has delightfully nicknamed the “Pogswag”, heavily featuring brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Yeezy, Supreme x Louis Vuitton and Givenchy—and of course his always changing hairstyle.
Neymar Jr. – Paris Saint Germain
A fanatic of all things fancy, designer and branded—Louis Vuitton and Balmain in particular—which is evident in his style, Neymar shows no one should fear to dress up like a millennial even when being a bit older.
A rampant hypebeast who devours Parisian brands like he does defenders on the pitch, the all-star player does flashy, wear-in-one street fashion look like a pro.
Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona
Despite a few fashion mishaps, the little maestro and living football legend on this list has probably learned that’s he’s better to style safe—but always on point.
He’s even guaranteed to look and style just that good after F.C. Barcelona’s announced its partnership with New York-based atelier Thom Browne s their official away day outfit.
Jerome Boateng – Bayern Munich
Probably the most well-dressed member of the current Bayern Munich team if not of all time, the German defender has got some serious fashion credentials: A personal collection of over 650 pairs of shoes; an Off-White x Nike link-up with pal Virgil Abloh; an impressive catalogue of favourite labels including Supreme, Balenciaga, Balmain; not to mention a contract with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation makes him one of football’s most fashion forward men.
His looks is also notable for almost never missing out on his line of elegant eyewears which gives him a surprisingly great retro slash modern-nerd appeal.
Memphis Depay – Olympique Lyonnais
The former Ajax, Manchester United and current Lyon winger suddenly made his mark as a luxury fashion priest when he uploaded a video of reaching 500k followers in Instagram in a luxurious silk red jumper suit atop of a boat while smoking a cigar. Ever since, it has been about Louis Vuitton, Goyard, Fendy—the Dutchman has it all.
He loves to style all types of bags from clutch bags to fanny packs, always branded with haute couture houses, and he changes bags like he changes underwear. Memphis Depay is, without a doubt, an excellent high fashion customer.
Hector Bellerin – Arsenal
The Arsenal FC full back plays with fashion like a supermodel and even dares to become one (he walked at Virgil Abloh’s debut 2018 runway show for Louis Vuitton in Paris). An avid fan of Fear of God, KidSuper, Balenciaga, Off-White and a Raf Simons devotee, he is a risk-taker who rarely slips on elaborating sportswear and top-shelf fashion pieces.
His style usually comprises of oversized shirts and jackets whereas the jeans contrast with a slimmer fit, cropped just above the ankle.
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