When most think of young footballers, images of sports cars, expensive watches and fancy clothes often come to mind.
With some youth players earning £75k a week having never played a minute of professional football, they can hardly be blamed.
However, the flashy lifestyle is not for every footballer, as Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt can attest.
While the former Ajax centre-half may have picked up some defensive tips from his Italian defensive partners, it would seem he’s not picked up the Italian sense of style.
The 21-year-old recently revealed that he was on the receiving end of abuse from his teammates for his fashion decisions.
“I always dress the way I am dressed now. I'm just not a big fan of expensive designer clothes.” De Ligt told de Volkskrant.
“I am Matthijs, I am myself and you will not see me going to training in a tailored suit, it's just that simple. My profession is football player. I want to be a star on the field.
“Sometimes I get laughed at [by people at] the club for what I wear, but I don't care. As long as I feel good with my behaviour and how I dress, I am satisfied.
“The most important thing is to perform well on the field, then people respect you much more than when you're wearing certain clothes.”
He’s not the first footballer to get stick for his fashion choices either.
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva may look good on the pitch, but according to his teammates, he looks less slick off it.
Kyle Walker said that the Portuguese maestro “dresses like a 45-year-old”, while Ilkay Gundogan told ESPN that Silva dressed like his grandfather.
So, while De Ligt may not wear brands, he has some way to go before he turns up to training in his pyjamas like Bernardo.
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