October 11th, 2010
Xabi Alonso: The Refined Gentleman’s Guide to Good Living
Images: Sergi Pons/ElPais.com.
Spain’s resident Mr. Sophisticated and personal answer to James Bond, Xabi Alonso, the man whom El Pais describes as ‘a player anyone would want on their computer’, had a few choice words to say about the three most vital things in life - food fashion, and champagne.
We’re swooning already.
Xabi on fashion:
“For that [clothes] I am very classical, I like the detail and care what I wear, I love watches and shoes, but I’m not a fashion victim. I am very clear on what I like and what I don’t, and in that way I rely on my gut feelings: I would never wear a fur coat.”
Xabi on his teammates’ style choices:
“Cristiano does his best to make me laugh, but that’s nothing compared to the clothes that Drenthe wears. He was a spectacle. I also laugh a lot at Arbeloa. ‘Today your wife dressed you, no?’ I tell him. And he gets pissed off.”
Xabi on food:
“I go crazy. I eat everything, and in that sense Madrid never stops: there is cooking with fresh ingredients, Japanese, Chinese, more high-end, less so, I don’t care, I just like to eat a lot. So much so that I’ve had to put limits on myself because I can’t stuff myself everyday, and Madrid has some wonderful things to offer.”
He is also classic when it comes to wine: “a good Ribera del Duero or a Mauro, and I’m happy” and admits that his weakness involves bubbles – “I love champagne.”
To top it all off, Xabi’s prolific headshots seem like he’s contemplating a walk over to the dark side. Marco Borriello take note should there ever be a F5 rematch.
Nagore, we both salute you and are madly jealous of you. Sigh.
More translated tidbits can be read over at Unamadridista.