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Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature

Welcome to the definitive list of the most stylish footballers in the world in 2017. Can you guess who comes out on top?


Footballers are among the highest-paid athletes on the planet. But it seems that a large salary does not always transfer into wise wardrobe contents.

This, you would think, ought to stir-up a breeding ground of stylish 20 to 30-somethings roaming the training grounds, gated communities and Michelin starred restaurants of global footballing cities. More often than not, however, it’s more a case of ‘all the gear but no idea’.

Here, in our most extensive and definitive shortlist yet, we will outline the players that buck the above trend, showcasing that their envy-inducing wage packet is put to good use; where complementary hues, designer frames and fresh footwear blend to form fashion runway-worthy looks, equally as individual as the Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurents and the Thomas Burberrys of this world.

Featured players have been hand-picked from all four corners of the globe, including stars from clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool to name but a few.

As style stalwarts Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the evergreen Andrea Pirlo see a return to form in 2017, combining with more than a few promising debutants, we ensure that this list runs the gambit of trends and tastes to please all fashion-conscious fans.

So, without further ado, it’s time to reveal our 2017 Ballon ‘Dior’ winner!

Pick your candidates and click the button above to begin the slideshow.

50) Willian (Chelsea)

Photo: Willian / Instagram

An integral piece of a seemingly runaway Premier League winning Chelsea outfit, Willian certainly dresses to match. The Brazilian is seen here bringing together a coordinated and simple combo of contemporary and classic.

A player with style both on and off the pitch it would seem and not the worst way to begin our shortlist.

Next up is both a fellow international and former club team-mate.

49) Oscar (Shanghai SIPG)

Photo: Oscar / Instagram

Seen as surplus to requirements by Antonio Conte in the January 2017 transfer window, Oscar left Chelsea for untrodden pastures (and a big pay-cheque) in China for Shanghai SIPG.

Yet to make a real impression at his new club on the turf, the second Brazilian on our list still shines off of it and it’s hard to go too far wrong when rocking the tried and tested designer leather biker-look jacket and jeans as seen above.

Who’s next? Surely not another Brazilian?

48) Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Photo: Raphael Varane / Facebook

Nope! A Frenchman it is for our 48th most stylish footballer.

Sorely missed at the European championships in his home country last summer, Real Madrid’s Varane is turning out to be a solid defensive prospect, with apparent interest in his signature coming from Manchester United boss and the man who gave him his Real Madrid debut, Jose Mourinho.

Sporting a leather varsity jacket in this image, Varane pays homage to famous sporting heroes of the 20th Century, whilst very much keeping it current.

Click next to see who’s at 47.

47) Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)

Photo: Erik Lamela / Instagram

The Argentine with clear natural talent and flair, if perhaps lacking consistency of fitness, has been sidelined for much of the domestic season, with Tottenham fighting a fierce battle for both the Premier League title and a Champions League spot.

He seems to at least be consistent in the style stakes, seeing as he also made it into our shortlist last year. Deciding on a casual look in the above picture, Lamela shows that simple is sometimes best.

A Bundesliga star is our pick at 46.

46) Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

Photo: Marco Reus / Facebook

With Germans being more famed for efficiency and rules over fashion, you may be surprised to read that there are a few in our midst this year.

First up is Marco Reus, Dortmund sensation, and another player deeply missed at Euro 2016. The winger looks positively punk in this smart-casual get up, with a total disregard for correctness and order.

Can we get a DNA test in to prove his nationality?

45) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Photo: Toni Kroos / Instagram

The second German and second Real Madrid star on this list – the calm and collected, Toni Kroos. Few current midfielders players can pick a pass like this man.

Here, he can be seen combining country casuals with, well, further casuals, on Regent Street, one of London’s most famous avenues for high-end, luxury fashion.

Next, a West Bromwich Albion midfielder, helping propel them to loftier heights than usual.

44) Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion)

Photo: Nacer Chadli / Instagram

Another returning star from last year’s list, it’s former Spurs midfielder, Nacer Chadli.

Having rekindled his stuttering career since moving to West Brom, Chadli seems to be enjoying the playing time, helping the Baggies towards a steady mid-table finish to the season with one eye surely on a Europa League spot and the other eye, seemingly fixed on how he turns out off the pitch.

This time the Belgian shows off a simple beach look.

43) Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Photo: Jan Vertonghen / Instagram

The second Belgian to make it into our shortlist is Spurs’ trusty centre back, Jan Vertonghen. A cool and dependable defender, he’s been a rock at the back for Mauricio Pochettino’s side for some time.

Turns out Vertonghen is also a cool dresser. This picture, taken in the hip store of Antwerp-based (as the name suggests) fashion brand, Arte Antwerp, proves the Tottenham man knows a thing or two about niche designer clothing, as well as defending.

42) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Photo: Mesut Ozil / Instagram

Mesut Ozil returns at number 42, finishing just above north London rival Vertonghen (nothing new here). One of the most naturally-gifted midfielders in a generation, but whom some would suggest has a tendency to go missing when big occasions arise.

Whether or not that’s the case, he’s certainly not missing here. Sporting ripped jeans and a wool-lined denim jacket, the tennis shoes and white pullover bring the look together nicely.

Next up, a notorious Manchester United midfielder with locks fit for discotheques.

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41) Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)

Photo: Marouane Fellaini / Instagram

A towering figure in the heart of the Manchester United midfield, he can be clumsy, clinical and more often than not, controversial, but one thing’s for sure – he’s an enormous presence. Of course, it’s Marouane Fellaini, and he’s our 41st most stylish footballer of 2017.

Seen here wearing a simple blazer and t-shirt. It can’t be easy dressing such a tall frame, but the Belgian pulls it off effortlessly.

40) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Photo: Sergio Ramos / Instagram

The first Spaniard in our line up this year is the national team and Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos.

One of the best central defenders in modern history, Ramos has been at the core of Real Madrid and Spain successes for well over a decade.

Whether wearing a more urban style, as per this example, or rocking a three-piece, Ramos’ look is always well planned and executed, hence him returning to our shortlist in 2017.

39) Iker Casillas (Porto)

Photo: Iker Casillas / Instagram

Number 39 in our countdown to most stylish footballer of 2017 is Sergio Ramos’ former Real Madrid team-mate and goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Few ‘keepers straddle the heights of world football for quite as long as Porto’s current man between the sticks.

Not limited to being one of the safest pair of gloves in the game, the 35-year-old has a fashion sense few others can match.

Think Casillas is the most stylish goalkeeper in world football? Continue through the list to find out if we agree.

38) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Photo: Roberto Firmino / Facebook

Liverpool’s first entry into our esteemed list is Roberto Firmino. He plays with the typical swagger associated with Brazilian attackers, and despite still looking for that consistency that he will surely find with experience, is an exciting and entertaining prospect for the Premier League outfit.

Firmino’s swagger extends to his party get up, as demonstrated by the player’s slick smart casual outfit for his partner’s 24th birthday.

Coming up at 37 is a player with potentially the coolest name in football.

37) Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian)

Photo: Axel Witsel / Instagram

Another high-profile move to China and a second big-haired Belgian. Tianjin Quanjian’s Axel Witsel comes in at number 37.

An excellent central midfielder who apparently chose his current club over Juventus, as the contract was too good to resist. Many are disappointed that his talents and prime years are being wasted in a country where the quality doesn’t match his own. But can we honestly blame the guy?

Pictured here looking cool and coordinated with his partner.

36) Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)

Photo: Edinson Cavani / Instagram

The only Uruguayan to make it into our shortlist, Disney’s prince charming, himself, Edinson Cavani. The Paris Saint Germain striker has been a rock in the attack of PSG’s revival over the past four seasons or so, scoring over 80 goals in less than 130 games. Coincidentally, he’s looking decidedly rock and roll in this image of him with the iconic Eiffel Tower in the background.

35) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Photo: Karim Benzema / Instagram

Real Madrid’s no frills centre-forward makes his debut in our list at number 35. The clinical Frenchman has played almost 250 matches for the La Liga giants, which is no mean feat at a club that is renowned for chopping and changing staff of all levels like there’s no tomorrow.

Benzema can be seen here sporting a simple jumper/jeans combo, a staple casual style spanning the ages, pulled together nicely.

A Manchester City talent with big potential is up next.

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34) Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

Photo: Leroy Sane / Instagram

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane is a player with all the potential to be the next big thing: individuality, pace, trickery, clever movement off the ball, a good eye for a pass… he’s got it all in abundance. The summer signing has already shown his qualities for his club side this season, and City fans will be keen to watch his development in seasons to come.

From this image, Sane’s individuality also carries through to his wardrobe.

33) James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

Photo: James Rodriguez / Instagram

Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez oozes fluidity and style, in both football and in his sense of dress. On his day, an attacking midfielder to match the best of them. Although somewhat out of current favour at the Bernabeu, no one can deny his ability to create sheer magic out of nowhere, his World Cup 2014 goal against Uruguay was voted goal of the tournament, and overall goal of 2014.

The Colombian captain looks ready for an upcoming 007 movie in this supporting picture.

32) Keita Balde Diao (Lazio)

Photo: Keita Balde Diao / Facebook

Spanish-born, Senegalese national team striker Keita Balde Diao makes his debut at number 32 in our list. A player with six years’ youth experience at Barcelona, before turning down a contract with the La Liga team and moving to his current club, Lazio for 300,000 Euros. The forward has a lot of potential and before Lazio, received interest from clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Potential star striker or not, this suit and trouser combination shows his potential as a future footballing style icon.

31) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Photo: Alexis Sanchez / Instagram

Arsenal’s talisman – Alexis Sanchez – has been the shining beacon of Arsene Wenger’s recent squad, with this season looking to be no exception. The Chilean attacking midfielder could potentially leave the north London side at the end of this season, with his contract due to expire next summer, and negotiations with his current club stalling.

Still, Sanchez looks fairly relaxed about the situation if this photo is anything to go by – sporting a classic blue shirt and smart trousers while greeting his beloved dogs at home.

30) Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

Photo: Antoine Griezmann / Instagram

Dropping in at number 30 is French sensation Antoine Griezmann. The attacking midfielder’s contribution to Atletico’s recent success under Diego Simeone and performance at France’s home championship, will be remembered for some time to come.

He just so happens to be a man who can also throw some clothes together – nailing the skater-punk look in this selfie.

Into the twenties now with a summer signing for Chelsea.

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29) Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)

Photo: Michy Batshuayi / Instagram

Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi returns to The Sport Review’s style shortlist for a second year in a row. Yet to make a real breakthrough in Antonio Conte’s side this season (partly due to Diego Costa’s prolific form) the young Belgian has had to be patient, but from this picture with teammate Kurt Zouma, he seems to be enjoying the experience.

Sporting a cool, casual outfit – the striker clearly takes the time to coordinate before he leaves home.

28) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Photo: Philippe Coutinho / Instagram

At number 28, another Brazilian Liverpool player joins the ranks.

Philippe Coutinho has been one of the more consistent performers at Liverpool since he was lured over to the Merseyside club in 2013 and with earlier entrant and fellow Brazilian Firmino, the Reds look to have a potentially deadly attacking force to work with.

Coutinho trumps his colleague in our list of stylish footballers with a similar but better presented look.

Next on the list is a Serie A sensation.

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27) Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Photo: Paulo Dybala / Instagram

Dybala has taken the bull by the horns since joining Italian giants Juventus in 2015, with a goal-scoring record of as near as makes no difference a goal every two games – some feat for a young striker.

Off the pitch, as the picture suggests, the Argentinian international is an equally-cool customer. Clearly taking tips from a culture that lives and breathes style.

26) Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Photo: Daniel Sturridge / Instagram

Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge returns to our shortlist in 2017, just outside of the top 25. His performances for club have been notedly unremarkable since the departure of his ‘SAS’ strike partner Luis Suarez to Barcelona a few of summers back.

His wardrobe still provides a glimpse of the flair that makes him – on occasion – so entertaining to watch, as perfectly displayed by this image at a Drake concert.

25) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

Photo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic / Instagram

Just making it into the top half of our 2017 style shortlist, is the 35-year-old ego mad, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede has been a hit at Old Trafford this season, recently scoring the winning goal against Southampton in the EFL Cup final, helping him lift his 32nd individual major trophy.

With the time and effort it takes to train to build such a collection, how is it that Zlatan not only finds the time to dress with style, but also own and run his own fashion brand, A-Z? It seems some are just born different.

24) Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United)

Photo: Bastian Schweinsteiger / Instagram

Another Manchester United man joins the ranks at number 24. Bastian Schweinsteiger, the seemingly lovable midfield maestro – unless you’re Jose Mourinho – shows that he has more than just an eye for a pass with this dinner outfit. There’s just no beating a good trenchcoat.

Coming up is a bitter rival of the previous two gentlemen, playing for both Liverpool and Manchester City.

23) Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Photo: Raheem Sterling / Instagram

Manchester City’s £44m man, Raheem Sterling is another player with the potential to be at the top of European and world football, if applied properly. If the City and England winger can harness his form from the beginning of the season, there would be no doubt in his ability.

Off the pitch, the ex-Liverpool player always shows up, as seen here, pictured with Sir Mo Farah.

Next is a current Liverpool favourite.

22) Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

Photo: Adam Lallana / Instagram

At number 22 in our countdown is Liverpool’s standout performer this season, Adam Lallana. With a few hit and miss seasons since joining from Southampton, has the midfield wizard finally found some consistency to match his talent? It’ll be interesting to see whether this changes coming towards the sharp end of the season as the pressure builds around the club.

Here, the Englishman is rocking the casual look: Sweater. Jeans. Trainers. Done.

21) Kingsley Koman (Bayern Munich – loan)

Photo: Kingsley Koman / Instagram

Kingsley Koman, a name we will no doubt read about many more times over the rest of his career, just misses out on our top 20. We’re sure he won’t lose any sleep over it, as at just 20 years old, Koman has already played for Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and currently, Bayern Munich, winning titles with all three clubs, as well as the French League Cup and Champions Trophy, Coppa Italia, the Italian Super Cup, Germany’s DFB Pokal and Supercup as well as being runner up in the Champions League and European Championships.

What have you done?

The guy also puts an outfit together pretty nicely.

20) Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace)

Photo: Joe Ledley / Facebook

Joe Ledley second-consecutive appearance kicks off the countdown of the top 20 most stylish footballers of 2017. Wales’ success at their first European Championship finals, reaching the semi-finals will still be fresh in the memory for Ledley, despite Crystal Palace’s less than exhilarating domestic season thus far.

The midfielder gets full points off the pitch, however, with a strong philosophy professor look going on in this honeymoon photo.

19) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

Photo: Aaron Ramsey / Instagram

Another Welshman still relishing in his country’s success last summer, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey returns at number 19. The midfielder has been a rocksteady part of Arsene Wenger’s team and is proving a dependable playmaker in a team that loves possession.

Ramsey is also a model with Elite Model Management, which goes some way to explaining where his interest in clothes stems from. Seen here sporting an interesting roll-neck sweater and slim, dark chinos.

18) Daley Blind (Manchester United)

Photo: Daley Blind / Instagram

The versatile United defender-cum-holding midfielder plays with style on the field and wears it off the field. The Dutchman has had to put up with bit-parts, like most Red Devils players this season, in contrast to being in constant demand as centre back under the reign of Louis van Gaal.

With a strong positional sense and a preference to play it forward from the back, perhaps Michael Carrick’s inevitable replacement is already within the ranks, waiting to graduate?

The man is also an advocate for simple looks – often wearing dark, single colour outfits, typical of northern European style.

17) Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC)

Photo: Andrea Pirlo / Instagram

Number 17 barely needs an introduction – Andrea Pirlo, shockingly, our first Italian to be featured in the top 50, and one of the most stylish men on the planet. Everything Pirlo does resonates cool and tranquillity.

Seemingly enjoying his new chapter with a project far younger than his own career at New York City FC, he can be seen in this image to be roaming the Big Apple, looking seriously cool as he does it.

16) Loris Karius (Liverpool)

Photo: Loris Karius / Instagram

Heading up the Liverpool contingent is goalkeeper Loris Karius at number 16. After a stuttering start to his career on Merseyside, Karius will look to be trying to find some form towards the end of the season, as opportunities to prove himself become available.

Despite pitfalls in performance, Karius’ clothing is always consistent. Not many could pull off this outfit, but Liverpool’s number one seems to with confidence.

A Japanese international is next up at number 15.

15) Keisuke Honda (AC Milan)

Photo: Keisuke Honda / Instagram

Famed for his fierce free-kick taking and blonde hair, Japan’s Keisuke Honda makes his debut in our line up at number 15.

Milan’s Honda has been less than sensational this season, and it seemed a January transfer to China was potentially on the cards. The Japanese international is definitely on the sensational side when it comes to fashion. Perhaps Italy’s fashion capital is where the veteran midfielder belongs after all.

14) Patrice Evra (Juventus)

Photo: Patrice Evra / Instagram

Juventus and former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra is our choice at number 14. The Frenchman has won almost everything possible at club level and a new chapter at the Italian league leaders has been no different.

Despite being a bit of a joker on the training ground, Evra takes his style very seriously. There aren’t many who pull off a burgundy three-piece.

Next, a Las Palmas player, equally famous on the pitch as he is off.

13) Kevin-Prince Boateng (Las Palmas)

Photo: Kevin-Prince Boateng / Instagram

The well-travelled German-Ghanaian, Kevin-Prince Boateng returns to the fold at lucky number 13. Boateng, currently at Las Palmas, has played in Spain, England, Italy and Germany over his long and illustrious career.

Alongside football, after the racial abuse he suffered on the pitch, Boateng has given speeches at the United Nations and was allegedly told by Nelson Mandela that his daughter wanted to marry him.

Prince also happens to be a slick dresser, as demonstrated with this dogtooth blazer and shirt/tie combo.

12) Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich)

Photo: Jerome Boateng / Instagram

Style seems to be genetic.

One place above his brother, Kevin Prince Boateng, Jerome drops in at number 12.

The Bayern Munich man has been a phenomenal presence at the back over the past few seasons and is up there with the best defenders of the moment. He’s also up there with the best defenders in the style stakes, but is he the best?

Next up is an ex-Chelsea and Manchester United forward.

11) Radamel Falcao (Monaco)

Photo: Radamel Falcao / Instagram

Our number 11 Radamel Falcao endured frankly dismal seasons on loan in the Premier League with both Manchester United and Chelsea, with injury and poor form keeping him from a permanent move to either club.

The Monaco man is back with a bang this season however, and hasn’t come out in the style stakes too shabbily either, just missing out on a top 10 spot.

10) Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich)

Photo: Xabi Alonso / Instagram

A class act both on the pitch and off, the ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid holding midfielder, Xabi Alonso, now of one of the strongest Bayern Munich teams in history, has crept into the top 10 in our top 50 stylish footballers of 2017.

With World Cup, European Championship and Champions League medals and much more where that came from, the Spaniard has achieved more than most in the game in one of the most underrated positions on the pitch.

Alonso’s class shows through in this classic overcoat and oversized beanie look.

9) Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Photo: Paul Pogba / Instagram

At number nine in our list, it’s the world’s most expensive footballer, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

As flashy long after the final whistle blows as he is on the pitch, Pogba deserves to be right up there with the most stylish footballers. Even if you just follow his hairstyles, he chops and changes his look constantly. Staying up to date with the latest trends and modelling various designer gear, a worthy top 10 candidate indeed.

8) Juan Mata (Manchester United)

Photo: Juan Mata / Instagram

The highest-ranking Manchester United star on our list is Juan Mata, the playmaker extraordinaire. One of the most modest and efficient footballers of the modern game, his impact at both Chelsea and United can’t be doubted.

His modesty shows through in his style, with simple shirts and trenchcoats being the staple. He clearly knows what he wears well and has a formula.

A football brain and a style brain.

7) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei China Fortune)

Photo: Ezequiel Lavezzi / Instagram

Another big talent over in the far east – Ezequiel Lavezzi, once of Paris Saint-Germain is our pick for number seven. Coming towards the end of his career, it’s much tougher to be critical of one last big money move, although it’s hard to deny Lavezzi still has the ability to perform at the top of the game for a few more seasons.

Far east or no Far East, the Argentine is always on top with his style, here seen rocking a linen shirt, designer specs and chain.

6) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Photo: Gianluigi Buffon / Instagram

Finally, another Italian graces us with his presence, and of course it’s Juventus and Italy legend, Gianluigi Buffon. Up there with the best goalkeepers of all time, and our most stylish goalkeeper of 2017.

Seen here enjoying a glass of wine with typical Italian suavity. It will be a sad day when this man is no longer available for our shortlist.

5) Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng Taishan)

Photo: Graziano Pelle / Instagram

Another Italian at number five, and another big-name player now plying their trade in China. Pelle looks to be making himself at home from the image, sporting a classic half buttoned white shirt, hat and sunglasses.

There may be no more European football for the striker, but he can relish in the achievement of being the fifth most stylish footballer in the world 2017.

Up next a four time Ballon D’or winner.

4) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Photo: Cristiano Ronaldo / Instagram

One of the greatest footballers of all time? Almost certainly. And apparently one of the best dressed. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo makes it in at number four in our list.

Scoring more goals than games played since joining Real Madrid and winner of four world player of the year awards over his career, the winger-turned-striker is a specimen of human sporting possibility.

The ex-Manchester United man has also managed to keep on top of his look throughout his blistering career, with modelling contracts and clothing lines in abundance.

3) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Photo: Hector Bellerin / Instagram

Arsenal’s bright young full-back Hector Bellerin slides into the top three of the most stylish footballers in the world 2017, having taken the club and world football by storm, with many expecting great things to come over his future.

With model-like features and a solid dress sense, the young Spaniard knows his style and wears it to his advantage. Seen here by Tower Bridge, London, brightening up a typical English day.

2) Neymar Jr (Barcelona)

Photo: Neymar Jr / Instagram

Just missing out on the top spot and coming in at number two is Barcelona and Brazil winger Neymar Jr. With a repertoire of skills unmatched by most today, he leaves defenders in his wake and fearful of the next time he runs at them. A potential that has been truly fulfilled with the help of Barcelona’s excellent attacking style.

Neymar’s confidence in his abilities transcends to his look, with a bolder than most style, earning him his spot in our list.

Meaning 2017’s most stylish footballer in the world is…

1) Claudio Marchisio (Juventus)

Photo: Claudio Marchisio / Instagram

Claudio Marchisio! It had to be an Italian!

Juventus’ supremely controlled and collected midfielder, with style to match. The man only understands ‘taloired’ and ‘fitted’ in his wardrobe vocabulary. A well-decorated footballer in all senses of the term.

Despite previous successes, this has to be his biggest achievement to date.

Bravo, Claudio.

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