Anil Gurung, former captain of the Nepali national football team and the first Nepali international football player, is no doubt one of the star strikers in the country. He is also the first Nepali footballer to be selected for a trial with England’s Chelsea Football Club reserve team and is the highest paid footballer in the country. Gurung, who has played more than fifty international matches in his career, is also famous for his unique style statement and is recognized as one of the stylish sportsmen in the country.
Anil is not only meticulous when it comes to football skills but also particular about the way he looks. The talented footballer reveals to us his fashion secrets on and off the field.
Describe your personal style in three words.
Comfortable, Swaggy and Moody.
What is fashion to you as a sportsperson?
I feel sports and style are correlated and the way you portray yourself on and off the field defines your personality. For me, it’s all about inspiring others.
Difference in your style on and off the field?
On the field, I especially focus on my boots. I prefer to use Nike boots for my game. Apart from that, I also focus on my hairstyle. While off the field, my style varies depending on the place I’m going to and I make sure that I’m always looking my best.
Three footballers with an exceptional sense of style?
David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil.
Top essentials every footballer should have in his wardrobe?
- Branded football boots since they define your game.
- Expensive watches.
- Belts in different colors
- Comfy sportswear items
Your lucky style statement in the playing field?
I never forget to set my hair with a gel before I enter the playing field as it makes me feel active. I also have my lucky boots which I wear very rarely for special matches.
What are some of your favorite places to shop?
I buy most of my clothes from Hong Kong while my boots are specially designed from UK with my name and Nepal’s flag printed on them.
One thing that helps you look sexy?
I feel it’s my tattoo and my diamond ear tops. In fact, even my mom loved my ear tops and never stops asking about them whenever I go out for a party or get together.
Whom do you give credit to for helping you develop your sense of style?
I want to give full credit to my sister, who is a fashion designer and is currently residing in Hong Kong and every style item I wear is decided by her.
One style item you would never wear?
I don’t like those pointed dingo boots and I guess I will never wear them.
How do you accessorize your look?
I never forget to wear my ear tops wherever I go as they define who I am and boosts my confidence.
A grooming product always available in your cabinet.
Skin clearing wash, hair cream and some other moisturizing items.
Most expensive piece in your closet?
Diamond ear tops.
Your preferred brands?
Nike, Levi’s, American Eagle, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Lotus.
Personality tips for young sportsmen aiming to be stylish.
Create your own style. Get inspiration from the top sportsmen but add your own blend to it.