The snappiest dressers who also make a million from throwing, hitting and kicking balls… and other people.
When you’re nicknamed the King, you need to dress like it — and LeBron is up to the task. LeBron transformed basketball fashion when he teamed up with fellow bespoke suit enthusiasts Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at the Miami Heat at the start of the decade.
The Chicago Bulls recruit is a regular at runway shows around the world with his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, and already has a signature line with Chinese sportswear firm Li-Ning. In June, D-Wade discussed his ambitions to start his own label, saying “It would be made up of pieces to create the perfect uniform for every man’s life . . . it would be both functional and stylish.”
It’s only fitting that a man who moved so gracefully on the court possesses such sartorial elegance off it, maintaining relationships with luxury brands Rolex, Marc Jacobs, Dior and Louis Vuitton, as well as his own clothing label, NikeCourt x RF.
The Portuguese icon with the industrial strength hair product, high self-regard and peerless footballing ability has his own CR7 lines of shirts, underwear and footwear…
A standout in a glamour sport, the Formula One championship leader’s style has been described as ‘sporty-elegant’, from quilted bomber jackets and slim-fit Acne jeans to classic bespoke Hugo Boss suits — Rosberg gets all his formalwear tailored in Bologna, Italy.
Any athlete who reportedly drops $80,000 in pre-fight suit fittings clearly deserves a place on this list. The Notorious is, well, notorious for his windowpane check suits sporting bold colours and patterns, as well as showy accessories like gold watches and expensive sunglasses.
While his best playing days might be behind him as he hobbles into retirement with New York City FC, the Italian maestro’s sense of style is ageing as well as an expensive bottle of Sangiovese thanks to his immaculate beard and love of vintage clothing.
The OKC point guard isn’t afraid of an out-there outfit — and whether you think he’s fashion forward or sartorially stunted, you have to admire his confidence in hipster chic distressed denim, oversized shirts and vintage accessories. Has partnered with designer Tim Coppens on a streetwear line for Barneys New York.
Odell Beckham Jnr
There’s something about the surname ‘Beckham’ that earns extra style points — and with soccer star David long retired, the New York Giants wide receiver takes over the mantle. Beckham released his 13 x Twenty line of hoodies and sweatpants with Bloomingdale’s in September, cashing in on the ‘athleisure’ craze.
A pioneering figure in the avant-garde ‘fat, bald, and track-suited’ trend that’s set to dominate European runways in 2017.