Mr Xabi Alonso | Aficionados | The Journal | Issue 295 | 17 November 2016 | MR PORTER

Humble, warm, unaffected, cultured, gentlemanly… there is little about Mr Alonso that screams footballer – no over-the-top haircut, diamond-encrusted jewellery or loud supercar. He drives his inconspicuous Audi to and from training every day, rather than the head-turning classic Mercedes 190 SL convertible that he keeps in his garage for quiet country drives on free afternoons. (The Porsche 356 that he drives in this film is on loan while his Mercedes is being serviced.) On the pitch, he is everywhere; off it, he largely stays out of the limelight, preferring to spend as much time as possible with his young family and their “crazy English bulldog”, Rita. But, if Mr Alonso does have one extravagance, it’s his predilection for fine watches.

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