Cologne – On and off the field, few will say that Jerome Boateng is not a stand-out figure.
The FC Bayern München and Germany defender is one of the highest rated stoppers in the game, but it is not only when wearing a red or white shirt for club or country that the 27-year-old catches the eye.
In the rare moments Boateng is not on the training field or in the stadium, he sheds his tracksuit for more stylish attire. Some may even say he is a real trend-setter, and given some of these Tweets, it would be difficult to dispute that. Introducing Jerome Boateng: style icon.
As big a name Boateng is in the football world, he is known beyond the sport's boundaries and counts many other sporting idols among his circle of friends. Such as Kevin Durant, the NBA basketball star who caught up with Boateng on a recent visit to Berlin (see Tweet below). Outside of sport, the fashionable Boateng has other high-profile contacts, such as US rapper Ice Cube.
Charitable role model
Being such a celebrity figure, Boateng can also tap into this notoriety to raise awareness among a large number of people about serious issues. He recently featured in a German Football Association campaign to rally support for refugees arriving in the country. He has also backed his brother Kevin-Prince Boateng (pictured, r.) in trying to increase awareness and acceptance of children with Downs Sybndrome, such as his nephew.
Whether it be the latest designer range, or even traditional Bavarian Lederhosen, Boateng cuts a fine figure whatever he wears. According to Germany's GQ magazine, Boateng was named Germany's best-dressed man in 2015.
Jerome's half-brother Kevin-Prince has made a name for himself as a footballer, although less was known about his elder brother George, until recently. He became famous with his first song "Gewachsen auf Beton" ('grown on concrete'), which touched on life growing up in the Wedding district of Berlin. His 'BTNG' brand has taken off with Mario Balotelli and Lukas Podolski among his fans, while like his brother Jerome, George also plays an active role in fighting racist prejudices.
Linking in with his love of fashion, it may come as no surprise to know that Boateng has around 650 pairs of shoes and trainers. His sponsorship deal with a leading brand will mean he gets most of his footwear for free, but with only 365 days in the year, he would need to be changing practically twice a day to get through them all before the next season's trends are released.