9 footballers that launched fashion ranges as Grealish joins Beckham and Ronaldo

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England ace Jack Grealish has proved he’s just as stylish off the pitch as on – by launching his own fashion range.

The Man City midfielder has teamed up with popular online brand Boohoo Men for a 42-item collection of jeans and T-shirts.

But plenty of other footballers have ventured into the world of fashion – with mixed results – as Nadine Linge reveals…

CRISTIANO RONALDO

Ronaldo, 36, opened his first fashion boutique in 2006 ­before releasing a successful underwear range in 2013. Since then he’s branched out into eyewear, denim, footwear and fragrances. His CR7 brand is worth £85million.

CHRISTIAN FUCHS

The former Leicester City star’s NoFuchsGiven label boasts tops, trousers and hoodies as well as a distillery line of spirits. Fuchs launched the business in 2016, the same year the Foxes won the Premier League.

JESSE LINGARD

The Manchester United star launched JLingz – his nickname – in 2018 but it lost £200,000 in its first year. It was criticised by former Man Utd players Roy Keane and Gary Neville as being a distraction from football while it also emerged the company was claiming taxpayers’ cash for furloughed staff.

DAVID BECKHAM

Becks was one of the first footballers to make a mark in the fashion world. His co-owned Kent & Curwen label also launched The Garrison Tailors, reproducing clothes, accessories and coats worn in Peaky Blinders.

LIONEL MESSI

In 2016, the Argentinian ace launched his own premium lifestyle brand, The Messi Store, with Ginny Hilfiger – sister of fashion designer Tommy – as creative director.

There are tops, hoodies and trousers, but also £29 towels featuring the star’s picture, as well as £50 dressing gowns.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

The Sweden and AC Milan star launched his A-Z leisurewear brand in 2016. It was forced to close just two years later after losing £18million through ­unsustainable marketing costs.

MEMPHIS DEPAY

MDC – Memphis Depay Clothing – sells T-shirts for £50 and hoodies for £85. Launched last year, the logo uses the gesture the Dutch forward repeats after each of his goals and represents a figure with closed eyes and with fingers covering his ears. It symbolises not paying attention to the opinions of others.

RIO FERDINAND

The shirt number Rio wore in his 12 years at Manchester United inspired the name of his brand Five Supply. These reasonably-priced threads include T-shirts for £14, men’s cargo pants for £13 and beanie hats for £3. The pundit has also turned Five into a digital magazine on YouTube.

ADEBAYO AKINFENWA

Known as “The Beast”, he has been ranked as strongest footballer in the world in Fifa computer video games. So the name of the Wycombe Wanderers striker’s line – Beast Mode On – couldn’t be more spot on.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • David Beckham
  • Gary Neville
  • Lionel Messi
  • Pep Guardiola
  • Rio Ferdinand
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Premier League
  • YouTube

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