Even with their enormous amounts of potential clothes-spending money, stylish footballers are few and far between. We’ll cut them some slack because, for the most part, they’re limited to a club tracksuit, suit or playing kit. But when they’ve earned themselves a day off and the curfews are dismissed, some emerge from their respective luxury hiding places donning their finest threads. Here are six that have scored a place on our most stylish team of the year.
Best footballer style 2016
By Sam Higgins, 15 May 2016
Arsenal may not have hit the heights they wanted to in the league this year, but Hector Bellerin did prove that if it was a contest based on style, he’d be carrying his team to top of the table. Back in December at his club’s Christmas do, the youngster dressed down some smart grey trousers with a fail-safe Oxford shirt and navy cable-knit sweater. Neglecting socks and throwing on some green suede plimsolls instead, the nippy right-back showed he’s caught on to the latest trends faster than he could sprint 100 metres down the wing.
Andrea Pirlo: football’s suavest man. The 36-year-old Italian knows how to nail sartorial situations better than he knows how to curl a 30-yard free-kick into the top corner. Now he’s playing for New York City, Pirlo gets to stroll through Manhattan showing off how easily style comes to him. Here he is doing exactly that, nailing smart/casual in a navy sweatshirt and shirt combo, ecru cropped trousers and brown suede desert boots. Bellissimo.
Footballers often unintentionally support the idea that money can’t buy style, but Aaron Ramsey is certainly an exception to the theory. Like the versatile midfielder he is, Aaron is completely in control of his sartorial choices, pulling in consistent performances on the regular. At a team night out, Aaron kept things simple with a black, long-sleeved, knitted top and paired it up with some mid-wash skinny jeans. Adding a festive touch to his getup and reinforcing his loyalty to Arsenal, he finished his ‘fit with some red suede trainers.
The 2015/16 season hasn’t been kind to Vincent Kompany. The Man City captain has had a torrid time with injuries and his exclusion from his national team’s Euro 2016 squad has rounded off a forgettable year. However, his time on the sidelines seems to be doing wonders for his style as he shrugged off any transitional troubles with this tonal triumph. Various monochrome shades ran through his ‘fit from black beanie to black plimsolls, with a grey bomber and tee combo in between. Strong.
Dutch star Daley Blind has been putting in commanding performances at the back for Man Utd all season and it seems his style off the pitch is pretty solid, too. Here’s Daley enjoying a day off with his girlfriend in a drapey, all-noir getup, marking himself as a strong, if unlikely, champion of street-goth style. Like the defender he is, his getup was a no-nonsense combination of leather-panelled hoodie, simple tee and coated jeans and Yeezy Boosts.
When Jerome Boateng isn’t using his 6' 3" frame to make hopeful strikers feel as if they’ve run into a brick wall, the centre-back is evidently scrolling through Style Feed. Back in January we declared khaki as a key colour for 2016 and Jerome took the first chance he could to piece together a whole kit full of the stuff. A bobble beanie, bomber and sneakers were all delivered in the green hue, broken up expertly – like a defender pouncing on a loose pass – with a black hoodie-and-joggers pairing.