What do Neymar, Achraf Hakimi and Hwang Hee Chan have in common? Besides being incredible athletes, they all also have an incredible sense of style
With the 2022 FIFA World Cup in full swing, it’s been an exciting week of international football. From unexpected results to wholesome reactions from fans, the online chatter has been buzzing non-stop.
According to FIFA, around 5 billion people from all over the world are expected to tune in to the matches in Qatar. That means all eyes are on the players—both on and off the field. So here are some of our picks of the most fashionable players at this year’s World Cup, whose taste and style stand out just as much as their athletic skills.
1. Virgil van Dijk from the Netherlands
At 6 feet 5 inches, Virgil van Dijk is unusually tall for a football player, but it does mean he’s able to experiment with clothes that better suit a taller frame. While usually pictured in his iconic red Liverpool kit (as well as Netherlands orange) he turns to smart casual looks—such as suits with relaxed fits and trainers—during his down time.
2. Kevin de Bruyne from Belgium
Kevin de Bruyne is a mega midfielder for Manchester City and is representing Belgium in the World Cup. When he’s not matching outfits with his wife and three children, he usually sticks with stylish yet comfy looks.
3. Neymar from Brazil
While Neymar is often serious on the field, the Brazilian footballer is much more casual off the field with his personal style. He often sports wild hairstyles (remember that mohawk in 2011?) and isn’t afraid to experiment with different styles, jewellery and accessories.
4. Alphonso Davies from Canada
At just 22 years old, Bayern Munich player Alphonso Davies is considered one of the best full backs in the world and is representing Canada at this year’s World Cup. The young gun also brings his Gen Z energy to his fashion choices, opting for bold colours, funky prints and limited-edition trainers.
5. Joachim Andersen from Denmark
Joachim Anderson loves a “fit pic”, and often shares the looks he wears to train in on his Instagram account. The Crystal Palace and Copenhagen footballer’s style blends classic pieces with trendier items, and his look is a mix between 90s casual, modern minimalism and cool grandpa.
6. Junya Ito from Japan
Junya Ito, Stade de Reims’ midfielder, likes to shop from brands such as Louis Vuitton and Dior and he often mixes baggier and tailored pieces in neutral tones. Ito’s long, bleach blonde hair also adds an edge to his looks and helps him stand out in the Japanese World Cup squad.
7. Mason Mount from England
Chelsea and England player Mason Mount has a playful style and often reflects the theme of the event he’s at with his outfits. For example, a black and white check ensemble for his Formula One debut, or an oversized brown Burberry suit at the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere.
8. Hwang Hee Chan from South Korea
Wolves’ Hwang Hee Chan, with his streetwear mentality, easily gives Tottenham’s Son Heung Min a run for his money in terms of fashion and style. Bucket hats, graphic tees and sneakers are all part of his uniform, and he’s partial to a silver chain too.
9. Archaf Hakimi from Morocco
Paris Saint Germain defender Achraf Hakimi has an understated approach to luxury, and—maybe it’s the French influence—leans towards brands such as Balmain, Marine Serre and Ami Paris. While never crazy over-the-top, the Moroccan player often incorporates trending items such as a vest or bold prints.