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

Humble, warm, unaffected, cultured, gentlemanly… there is small about Mr Alonso that screams footballer – no over-the-top haircut, diamond-encrusted jewellery or shrill supercar. He drives his rare Audi to and from training each day, rather than a head-turning classical Mercedes 190 SL automobile that he keeps in his garage for still nation drives on giveaway afternoons. (The Porsche 356 that he drives in this film is on loan while his Mercedes is being serviced.) On a pitch, he is everywhere; off it, he mostly stays out of a limelight, preferring to spend as most time as probable with his immature family and their “crazy English bulldog”, Rita. But, if Mr Alonso does have one extravagance, it’s his predilection for excellent watches.

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