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Serge Gnabry channels LeBron fashion statement: Will the Gucci translate to the pitch?

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Serge Gnabry took his player introduction by the horns, wearing a dashing Gucci polo debuted by LeBron James in 2016.

MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 02: FC Bayern Muenchen’s new player Serge Gnabry talks to the media during FC Bayern Muenchen's season opening press conference at Allianz Arena on July 2, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Serge Gnabry at his presentation, July 2, 2018.
Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

Professional athletes have made pre and post-game fashion as a notable niche in the past few years. Most notably, basketball players in the NBA and football players in the NFL flaunt their designer-brand fits while strutting into the locker room for a brief moment of paparazzi.

Serge Gnabry decided to bring that swagger to Munich, where he was introduced as a Bayern player today after completing his loan to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Gnabry posed in a Gucci polo as he held up his new Bayern Munich jersey (number 22) alongside new manager Niko Kovac and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

The 22-year-old winger wore a Gucci Snake-appliqué Cotton Polo Shirt reportedly worth $534. The polo debuted in Fall 2016 and is no longer on sale, according to Gucci’s website. Yet, the polo itself doesn’t make a statement, but the fact that wearing it puts Gnabry in the company of NBA megastar LeBron James.

LeBron flexed the exact polo during the 2017 NBA Playoffs, playing against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4:

ATLANTA,GA - MAY 8 : LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers arrives for the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the Eastern Conference Semifinals Game Four on May 8, 2016 at The Philips Arena in Atlanta Georgia NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE.
LeBron James arrives at game four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs the Atlanta Hawks, May 8, 2016.
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Gnabry remarked, “I have lots of exclusive items in my closet. And the color red fits well.” Gnabry’s fashion statement likely mirrors his ambitions as a player, which is “winning as many titles as possible” (Bild).

Fashion aside, Gnabry is young and said his development is still a priority.

Serge spent time at Arsenal before leaving for Werder Bremen in August 2016. Just a year later, Bayern spent €8 million for the Ivorian-German, allowing Bayern to deal him to Hoffenheim on a one-year loan deal. The winger added that he wants to perform how he did in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim while at Bayern (Bundesliga.com):

I wouldn’t be sitting here if I wasn’t ready for the challenge. I think the best way to see what I can do is just by watching me. I really enjoyed the second half of the season with Hoffenhiem because I played as much as possible. Now I’m ready to bring that feeling to Munich.

During the press conference, Kovac added that Gnabry is till on holiday but will return to training later this month in preparation for Bayern Munich’s USA Tour. Bayern will face Juventus July 25 in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field followed by a friendly against Manchester City July 28 in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium.

Will Gnabry’s fashion prowess translate to football class next season?