Ilkay Gundogan features in the latest edition of the Sunday Times Style Men's Fashion special, and provides readers with an exclusive insight into his fashion choices.
Footballers are often known for their designer clothing, high-end streetwear, and eccentric combinations when out and about, but some players like to keep it relatively lowkey and classy - here's Ilkay Gundogan.
Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Times Style this week, the Manchester City midfielder revealed what he would wear if him and the rest of Pep Guardiola's side went on to secure the Premier League title this season.
“A nice white shirt and a beige Danilo Paura blazer I bought just before corona that has been sitting unworn in my wardrobe for the past year,” he describes.
Gundogan states that his style when it comes to fashion is “classic and comfortable" - and that's very clear to see when you begin to scroll through his very impressive Instagram feed, where he spends plenty of time in Manchester's bars and restaurants.
"Lots of black. I have footballer’s legs, big legs, so finding jeans that fit is hard, but I love a smart pair of trousers", he continues. Gundogan also reveals that the brands he tends to favour include Dior and the Kooples, “but even simple Zara is nice. I shop a lot on FarFetch and Mr Porter.”
The 30 year-old also admits he has always had a liking for fashion and different styles. “As a teenager my weekends were spent playing football when everyone else was having fun, but that made me more interested in fashion. I enjoyed dressing well, even if it was just going out for a coffee or lunch."
On the importance of fashion and dress sense, Gundogan says, "I think fashion is an important part of your personality and how you want to present yourself to the world.”
Away from the football pitch, despite his incredible success on it, Ilkay Gundogan has taken it upon himself to provide much needed financial aid to some of Manchester's struggling bars, cafes, and restaurants.
The City star has been auctioning off personal items with a view to donating all profits to the hospitality sector in the region. “I know I’m very privileged, so I thought, ‘OK, I want to help people. A lot of businesses are losing a lot of money and fighting for everything. We should be doing what we can to help.”
Ilkay Gundogan is now set to jet off to Germany this week to partake in international duty for his country, before returning to the North-West of England for one of the biggest few months in his career at the Etihad Stadium - with Manchester City still battling on all four fronts.
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