Erling Haaland, the Manchester City soccer superstar, is known for his signature blonde hair styled in a ponytail. However, for his recent photo shoot for the cover of British GQ magazine, Haaland let his hair down, surprising fans with a new look.
The magazine published several photos from the shoot, showcasing Haaland in high-fashion attire.
Haaland in High-End Fashion
In one of the shots, Haaland looks straight into the camera, wearing a $690 Givenchy sweater and a $2,000 gray blazer.
In another, the former Borussia Dortmund player is seen wearing a $3,800 jacket and a $325 sweater. The high-end fashion choices for the shoot attracted attention, as it is a departure from Haaland's usual sporty style.
Haaland on memes
“It’s fun,” Haaland says.
“It’s good banter”. But otherwise, he says, he tries not to pay that kind of thing too much attention. Haaland is not someone who avidly checks match reports or watches the post-game chatter. And he certainly doesn’t read the comments.
“I’m not sitting on social media reading about myself,” he says. “You cannot control what people say, think, and write about you. So there’s nothing I can do about it”.
Meditation and Mental State
During the conversation with GQ, Haaland also touched on the topic of meditation and how it has helped him with his mental state.“I think it’s a really good thing,” he says.
“To relax, to try to not think too much. Because stress is not good for anyone. I hate to be stressed, and I try not to be stressed. But the concept of meditation is to try to let go of these kinds of thoughts. It’s really individual, but for me it’s worked really well”.
Haaland's cover shoot for GQ magazine offers a new perspective on the soccer star, not just as a sportsman but also as a fashion icon. The high-end fashion choices and the candid conversation about the importance of mental well-being make for a striking and unique cover shoot.
“I try to be a bit more smart, a bit more sharp, ahead of the people I play against,” Haaland says, trying to explain it. “I try to be a bit more turned on in my head. Because if I do that, if I get one second, then I might be able to finish and he cannot block, for example.
They think I go here and I go there”—he mimes a body fake to his right, before cutting left—“and I score. Things like this. It’s something I’m always thinking of”.