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July 02, 2018

Is there any group of athletes as preternaturally stylish as soccer players? Whether it's the influence of working in Europe or their model-esque physiques, the athletes of the 2018 World Cup seem to have off-duty style nailed. We're not sure if the unique world of "football style" started with George Best and David Beckham, or with the humble soccer kit, but we love seeing what these athletes wear on and off the pitch.

Style Lessons from 2018's FIFA World Cup Athletes

Keisuke Honda 

Good tailoring never goes out of style

* It's just begun🇺🇬 Photo by @01homeless #Uganda#education#honda#soccer#child#children

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Honda was recently lauded as the first Japanese player to score a goal at three different FIFA World Cups, but we’re equally impressed with Honda’s taste in tailoring. Japanese tailors are renowned for their ability to merge Italian classics with a more modern approach, and Honda seems to have picked up on this nuance. His jackets range from single to double breasted, soft shouldered to roped, but all of them are fitted perfectly. Pairing them with everything from a spread collar to a hoodie, Honda understands the power of a well-tailored blazer-- and so should you. 

Paul Pogba

Don’t be afraid to accessorize

Stop ✋🏾 and enjoy your day #positivevibes #alegria 🎥: @rakeem_madeit

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Known for his enigmatic undercuts, Paul Pogba’s fashion sense is as stand-out as his footwork. While it is easy to get caught up in safe, traditional styling, Pogba reminds us to not be afraid to accessorize. By adding some red kicks, trendy sunglasses or a bright bandanna, you too can channel Pogba’s brand of French cool.

Lionel Messi

Play with fabric

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Often cited as the world’s best soccer player, Messi is no slouch in the style department either. Having worn polka dots years before Harry Styles made them cool again, Messi’s taste for interesting fabrics in classic cuts is always eye catching. While you may not be ready for a velvet burgundy suit yet, Messi reminds us to not be afraid of mixing in a striking pattern here or there.

Jérôme Boateng

Channel your inner rapper

Good to be with the team now. Let's go 🇩🇪🙌🏾 #WM2018 @dfb_team

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 “I have always liked wearing clothes that help me stand out quietly, not loudly,” says Jérôme Boateng. With a knack for mixing hip-hop classics into any outfit, we can all take a cue from Boateng. Whether it's rocking a metallic bomber over a sweatsuit or pairing wireless headphones with a suit, Boateng shows us how to add a dash of street style to any outfit.

Neymar Jr.

Wear what makes you feel good

While Neymar’s hair was the true standout of FIFA World Cup 2018, the man knows how to put together an outfit. Unafraid of over-accessorizing and loud colors and prints, Neymar has a visible love for fashion. Channelling Neymar’s enthusiasm for style into your everyday look will help you to feel like $263 million dollars.

Do you agree with these tips? Tell us your favourite stylish soccer player in the comments below.

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