MOST STYLISH FOOTBALLERS OF 2016/17
By Sam Higgins, 21 May 2017
At 39, Gianluigi Buffon is the experienced head of our stylish XI. Despite consistently breaking rule one of goalkeeper style law for 26 years (goalie tops should be long-sleeved, not short-sleeved, Gigi!) the goalkeeper is still out here curating on-point off-pitch outfits on the regular, like this lightweight Riviera-ready look.
He may be a right-back by trade, but Hector Bellerín isn't afraid of straying into left-field when it comes to his style. Probably the league’s most forward-thinking dresser, Bellerin’s a sucker for a designer showcase that allows him a chance to show off his collection of couture cuts.
Eric BaillyDaley Blind must have had a shock when new defensive partner Eric Bailly arrived in the summer, challenging his 'most fashion-forward man in the Man Utd back four' status. Bailly quickly delivered a grungy getup that rivalled Blind's #streetgoth vibe – his leather jacket and shirt layered tactically to show off a fresh white tee, with an umbrella ready to meet anything the Manchester weather could throw at him.
Kieran GibbsHis team might be notorious for their mid-season capitulations, but Kieran Gibbs’ sailed through the tricky Christmas fixture schedule in fine sartorial form. It's all about nailing the basics, as he demonstrates here, out with his teammates for a festive theatre trip, in a minimal, tidy outfit of wintry goodness.
Christian EriksenChristian Eriksen is that kid at school you were really jealous of. The one who could do all the freestyle football tricks and ping precise 60-yard passes while you stumbled over a step-over. He’s even still got that cool-guy outfit to match – a slick leather jacket, fresh white tee and neat black jeans. *shakes fist*.
Mesut OzilAccording to Arsenal fans, Mesut Ozil is better than Zidane. Taking into account Zizou’s career, the comparison is a bold one. Taking into account his role as a Mango pitchman and generally suave Frenchman, comparisons off the pitch are bold too. But it seems Ozil’s stepped up his game to live up to his support’s expectations recently, packing getups with designer duds from Off-White and Yeezy to name just two.
Dele AlliDele Alli really is the full package. The 21-year-old’s talents seem to stretch further than being a fearless force on the edge of the box and he even has the skill and ability to score serious style points by cleverly cramming several of this year’s biggest trends into one brilliant outfit.
STYLE. GROOMING. INSPIRATION. ADVICE.