Now that the football season has kicked off for 2016-17, many of our favourite faces have returned to our television screens. At Mainline Menswear, we thought we’d have a look back through the footballing history books today. Bringing you the five most stylish football players of all time.
George Best was a Northern Irish footballer, who spent the majority of his career playing for Manchester United between 1963 and 1974. During his time at the club he scored 179 goals, making him one of the best players they’ve ever had. Through the 1970s he owned several small fashion boutiques in Manchester, alongside Manchester City player Mike Summerbee.
He was recognised as one of the first footballing fashion icons. His party lifestyle contributed to him being so well recognised off the pitch. From velvet blazers to leather coats, Best conquered every style imaginable. He unfortunately passed away in November 2005 as a result of his alcohol abuse, but is remembered as one of the footballing greats, and a style icon. A website still runs in his honour; georgebestclothing.com, selling memorabilia and current fashion items similar to what Best wore in his day.
Beckham is known worldwide for his football and his fashion. The English footballer retired in 2013 after a successful career playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint Germain respectably.
In 2009 he was endorsed by Emporio Armani, and featured in many of their underwear campaigns. However, Becks had been at the forefront of fashion for many years’ prior. His relationship with ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (former: Adams) further bringing him into the limelight. His latest movement in the fashion industry came in 2015, when he signed a five-year clothing deal with Savile Row based Kent & Curwen.
Pep Guardiola is a Spanish footballer and coach. His career began when he was signed by Johan Cruyff at Barcelona in 1991, where he had a successful career and returned 16 years later to manage the side. He is now the only one on our list who will be seen on the pitch this season, as he became the manager of Manchester City in February 2016.
His presence in the fashion industry has been notable since his coaching career took off. With many sharp suits and iconic polo shirts being worn on the side-line. He is internationally recognised not only as one of the best football managers, but as one of the best dressed too. And with a three-year contract in the Premier League, we’re sure to see plenty of Pep’s style over the coming years.
Everyone has heard of Thierry Henry. The French footballer turned pundit has been retired for two years, but is still at many football games giving his opinion after the match. Thierry Henry climbed to fame during his Arsenal career between 1999 and 2007, and is still the club’s all-time record goal scorer.
He is well known to have a place in the fashion industry, and has been involved in several endorsements for sportswear brands during his playing career. These include Nike in 2002, Reebok in 2006 and Puma in 2011. Currently we see him as a pundit for Sky Sports, and he is often noticed wearing sharp suits and fitted shirts. His style oozes the class of a well-dressed Frenchman, something Henry is definitely meeting the expectation of.
Johan Cruyff was a very famous Dutch footballer and coach back in his day. Before his death earlier this year in March, his career at Barcelona had been unprecedented. As a player he won the Ballon d’Or three times, and later returned to Barcelona in 1988 as their manager, where he signed Pep Guardiola.
Cruyff also launched his own sportswear brand, which continues to thrive today. Cruyff Classics was founded in Barcelona in 1979. Following a collaboration with Italian designer Emidio Lazzarini in 1982 and the sponsoring of the Dutch Olympic team in 1988 it shot to fame in the fashion industry.
The brand began as a luxury football shoe designer, and now produces high quality footwear and clothing for men worldwide. It still strongly focuses on the footballing legacy, and is very popular with many Dutch and Spanish football teams.
These top five footballing legends are famous both on and off the pitch, and carry some incredible footballing legacy’s between them. If you want to shop their style, visit our website so you can look like some of the best football players in history.
Mainline Menswear sells footwear and clothing from many of the brands mentioned above, including Cruyff, Nike and Armani. We also provide a large range of sports clothing and accessories. Visit our website here to browse our extensive stock.