The Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin came to the Emirates via Barcelona’s La Masia Academy, and although he burst through to the first team in stylish fashion a few years ago, he is often derided nowadays for being more interested in his looks than his performances.
But he has no worries about the criticism and he likes to think of himself as a fashion icon, and you can bet that he will be starting his own range of clothing in time, and will probably model them himself!
He explains why he developed an interest at an early age. “I come from a family that has been built around fashion really,” Bellerin said on Arsenal.com. “My grandma and my grandpa opened a little fashion retail shop and used to make their own clothes from scratch.
“My mum joined them and that’s what she studied when she was young. She was working in swimwear for lots of years and then always like making my clothes smaller or making my clothes, altering them.
“I was always curious when I was a kid because that’s what my grandma and my mum used to do. They always wanted me to dress well when I was going to different places and that’s something that’s stuck with me since I was a kid.
“Now I have a chance to actually do my own thing and express myself and sometimes even inspire people.
“You don’t have to dress like everyone else, you have to dress however you like and however you seen your vision. I think it’s cool for people to actually see me not only as a footballer but as someone who has an impact in fashion as well.”
I’m not sure most Arsenal fans would consider it ‘cool’ he certainly wouldn’t be the first footballer to be into fashion. I remember David Ginola being derided when I was young because he was “worth it”! Have there been any other Arsenal fashion icons? Peter Marinello, perhaps?