Sports and fashion are more like Siamese twins. We can all try hard to reason that athletes, especially men, aren’t there yet when it comes to the fashion game but they have their socks firmly pulled up even for their off-duty looks when they’re not sweating it out on the field. And of course, if you think that we’re only talking about the oh-so-hot football hunks who keep turning heads with their swag, then you surely need a reality check, fellas! This year has been more glamorous than ever for all the male athletes’ world over and they’ve managed to dismiss the checklist as do’s and don’ts, creating their own fashion rules.
We’ve painstakingly put together this list of the top, most well-dressed male athletes of the year 2017 who have captured our imagination (in more ways than one) even off the field. Let’s take a look.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portuguese footballer – Real Madrid and the Portugal national team
Let’s not judge him for being seemingly smug and all out there with everything he does. He has four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, 21 trophies and about hundreds of goals on his resume, so can you really blame him for his flamboyant ways? Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is the goal-scoring machine, quite literally, who has an unbelievable control over the ball and unmatchable speed. When it comes to his style, the man has versatility, but looks the best in his trademark leather jacket, t-shirt and skinny-fit denim. Often seen in Sacoor Brothers suits and his own branded trainers, this fashionista is always dressed to impressed and deserves every moment of his stardom.
Russell Westbrook – American basketball player – Oklahoma City Thunder
“My Mom and I shopped all the time, she shops all the time, and I was always into fashion. I’ve been blessed to be in a situation where I can now buy some of the things that look good,” said Russell Westbrook in one of his interviews. Are we surprised? Hell, not! He’s eccentric, enigmatic, and highly unpredictable when it comes to his fashion sense. He may not always score brownie points from fashion aficionados, but that boldness makes him the style icon he has become in 2017. His secret weapons? His ‘tighter than tight’ pants and his signature thick-rimmed glasses! Not to mention, he can pull off a shirt more colourful than a rainbow with ease.
Leander Peas – Indian tennis player
Leander Peas does a great job with matching the glamour quotient of the popular, beautiful tennis ladies. There’s a certain charm and sophistication with the way he portrays himself in front of the world. With 55 grand slam doubles titles, and 10 grand slam mixed doubles titles, the man has single-handedly taken India into the world of global tennis. He is often spotted at parties wearing black formal suits, but also loves switching from a French beard to a clean-shaven look. What we love? It’s the ear rivet he dons with such effortless élan.
Roger Federer – Swiss tennis player
The man has the world at his feet. This 18-time Grand Slam champion refuses to retire from his game and his stylish outings, too. His innate fashion sense is glaringly evident even off the court, and he’s a master of classic pieces, such as blazers and slim suits. But lately, he’s been taking risks with his favourite staples and using a myriad of fabrics, designs and textures. His recent dapper look at the Met Gala 2017 made headlines, courtesy his Gucci tuxedo with an embroidered crystal king cobra on the back.
Vijender Singh – Indian boxer
Vijender Singh, the current WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion, and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion, has the heart-melting, the chocolate boy looks that make everyone go weak on their knees. The charming lad is a known face even on ramps and in always spotted with glamorous celebs of the Indian film industry. One of the most good-looking men in the sports arena, he’s mostly dressed in classy, understated outfits that don’t scream ‘look-at-me’ but still manage to grab eyeballs.
While this list isn’t exhaustive, these best-dressed athletes have taken the world by storm with their fashionable looks. Their outstanding personalities continue to influence millions of people across the world.