Premier League fans may have to start getting used to a brand new Jack Grealish.
The £100million Manchester City man will soon become Gucci’s seven-figure man, after securing a huge modeling deal with the luxury Italian brand. Grealish is set to become the fashion giants’ official ambassador in what is expected to be a ‘seven figure’ deal for the former Aston Villa captain.
Grealish’s stratospheric rise over the past two seasons has seen him become an England fan favorite and Premier League record signing. But while Grealish may be trying on his new Gucci gear and practicing his 1,000-yard gaze, Star Daily Sport considers eight other sports stars who have partnered with clothing giants.
Lewis Hamilton – Tommy Hilfiger
As one of the biggest sports stars of his generation, it’s no surprise that a host of different fashion outlets are lining up to sign Lewis Hamilton. The seven-time Formula 1 champion will be looking to finally surpass the great Michael Schumacher this racing season.
But away from the runway, he was a style icon and brand ambassador for clothing giants Tommy Hilfiger. The Brit signed a multi-year partnership with the company in 2018, where he promoted the Hilfiger collection, their bespoke line and a range of menswear and swimwear.
Emma Raducanu – Dior
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Raducanu may have only recently completed her A-Levels, but her sensational victory at the US Open thrust her into the brightest spotlight in the sport today. Fashion companies and other brands rushed to sign her as a brand ambassador soon after her sensational win at Flushing Meadows.
However, fashion giants Dior were able to link several brands to his signing, committing him to a deal worth £2million. Raducanu’s stock is so high that many PR pundits believe the 19-year-old could be worth up to £1billion in the future.
Anthony Joshua – Hugo Boss
Anthony Joshua may have stagnated in recent years after his losses to Andy Ruiz and Oleksendr Usyk. But the British heavyweight is still a magnet for some of the world’s biggest brands.
One of the largest in his sponsorship empire is clothing retailer Hugo Boss. Joshua is a longtime ambassador for the German company, which made him central to its new stretch tailoring line in 2018.
While Fabio Fognini has never won a Grand Slam, the Italian tennis player is one of the most charismatic and entertaining stars on the tennis scene. So much so that the fiery former world No. 9 is currently sponsored by Giorgio Armani.
Fognini has worn Armani’s EA7 sportswear line since 2019, sporting his gear in singles and doubles competitions.
Naomi Osaka – Louis Vuitton
Naomi Osaka returned to the court in January after a four-month break from tennis. However, his absence from top-flight tennis has not hindered his huge deal with fashion retailer Louis Vuitton.
Osaka was unveiled as the French fashion powerhouse’s brand ambassador in January 2021, in a rumored ‘seven-figure’ deal. The former US Open champion has also joined the Tag Heuer family, which is part of the same conglomerate as Vuitton.
David Beckham – H&M
David Beckham has donated his entire £3.4million Paris Saint-Germain salary to a selection of children’s charities based in France. Charity has always been at the forefront of Beckham’s concerns, but the former England captain was not left empty-handed as he was also sponsored by H&M during his time at the Parc des Princes.
The clothing giants were just one of many different sponsorship deals that have helped the set specialist raise around £32m. Beckham is now the owner of Major League Soccer (MLS) team Inter Miami, which is managed by former England teammate and women’s manager Phil Neville.
Jon Jones – boohooMAN
MMA legend Jon Jones is one of the fiercest athletes in the history of the sport. And the 14-time UFC champion also showed plenty of attitude when he was announced as one of boohooMAN’s main brand ambassadors.
The fashion giants described him as ‘talented, disciplined and driven’ as well as ‘everything a boohooMAN should be’ after he put pen to paper on a brand ambassador deal. Although the exact value of the deal remains unknown, a fighter often considered one of the greatest of all time would likely demand a huge fee.
Billy Horschel-Ralph Lauren
Billy Horschel is often considered one of the hottest golf players on the PGA Tour. The 2014 FedExCup winner turned many heads in 2013 when he wore unique octopus print pants.
Unsurprisingly, this prompted Ralph Lauren to make the golf champ a brand ambassador. It turned out to be a landmark deal for Horschel and Ralph Lauren as the deal saw him become the first sports athlete to collaborate with the apparel giants.