Fashion-forward footballer Tim Cahill, who launched his own label CAHILL+ earlier this year and has also had relationships with the likes of Giorgio Armani and Shoreditch, brings up his 37th birthday today — and to celebrate, Men’s Style reflects on eight memorable moments in football fashion.
David Beckham’s entire career
Overcoming some iffy style early in his career — wearing a sarong at the 1998 World Cup, those Bo Derek cornrows in 2003, mullets, faux-hawks and blond tips at Real Madrid — David Beckham has blossomed into undoubtedly football’s finest style icon, especially when he’s suited and booted.
George Best’s boutique
The original rock star footballer was decades ahead of his time, opening his own fashion boutique in Bridge St, Manchester, in 1967, which he shamelessly admitted made it easier to “pull the birds”.
Andrea Pirlo’s beard
The manliest facial hair to ever grace the pitch, if you’ve seen the Italian maestro take a free kick, you’d swear the whiskers give him Samson-like powers.
Paul Pogba’s smoking jacket
Fans have slammed the pricey Manchester United recruit for delivering more hairstyles than goals so far this season, but his stand-out style moment came at January’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zürich, when he wore an embroidered Dolce & Gabbana smoking jacket and thick-rimmed glasses as he became the youngest footballer since Lionel Messi to make the Fifpro World XI.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s fashion label
Another misfiring Man United signing, Zlatan launched his own sportswear brand called A-Z six months ago, an athleisure line that was surprisingly reserved for a footballer so outrageous on the pitch.
Cesar Luis Menotti’s tweed jacket
The coach who led Argentina to the 1978 World Cup on home soil looked more at home in the corner of a Parisian cafe than on the touchline, with his flowing locks, salt and pepper sideburns, a cigarette always dangling out of his mouth, and a professorial tweed jacket.
Jose Mourinho’s coat
The Fleet St press — accustomed to seeing chubby English managers patrol the touchline in tracksuits and joggers — couldn’t get enough of The Special One’s £1,200 Armani coat when he arrived at Chelsea in 2004.
Italy’s Dolce & Gabbana ads
There was a shortage of baby oil in Rome for weeks after this 2006 campaign for Dolce & Gabbana, who have been kitting out their countrymen in luxury suits before major tournaments for decades. They went on to lift the World Cup weeks after this shoot, so hey, maybe homoerotic underwear ads are something the Socceroos need to starting jumping into.