Last Monday was the annual gala of the magazine France Football handing out the most coveted trophy a professional football player can get: The Ballon d’Or. Voted by the best football journalists around the globe, this is the one affair that even the most spoilt, rich and self obsessed footballer looks up and wants to seriously compete. The past decade, it has been a competition between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as winners. And again, this year the Argentinean genius grabbed the trophy based on his success of winning the Copa America with his country. But let’s say this, the Ballon d’Or awards is by now a major gala at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris – where the recent Balenciaga Red Carpet show was held – with worldwide TV diffusion. But and here is Sepp’s big but, the sartorial quality of the event is often sub par. No, nobody came in a black Balenciaga suit and most of the players voted for a straightforward, boring tuxedo. But more and more the event is recognized by fashion houses led by Dolce & Gabbana to put major looks on the players. One thing is guaranteed, these images are diffused all over the world and have major influence and buying power.
The Ballon d’Or for women was carried home by Alexia Putellas from Barcelona football club and she looked fantastic. In fact, she looked more like a beautiful actress at the Oscar’s than at a football gala. Her dress was made by Catalan couture label Claro that is run by Fernando Claro and his daughter Beatriz Claro.
From the men who stood out, we would like to mention Kylian Mbappé for his continued sartorial understatement and his loyalty to Dior Men, Didier Drogba in Berluti and the best goalkeeper in Europe Gianluigi Donnarumma in Dolce & Gabbana.