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Xabi Alonso at GQ España

December 29, 2011
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The January 2012 issue of GQ España has a report on the 2011 Hombres GQ del Año awards, and if you think back, you’ll remember that our very own Xabi Alonso was given the “sportsman of the year” award.  Inside, there are not only more pictures of Xabi rocking that tuxedo, but also a little write up that describes him very, very well, including Xabi’s own description of himself.  Why is there only one of him in this world?

Very few footballers have his physique.  He was going to leave early, but… (Mourinho could be reading this).

Here’s what the magazine wrote:

It’s an unwritten law in journalism that one should avoid self praise and self-glorification like the plague, but allow us to say that it’s much easier to get up in the morning when you know that you have illustrious readers such as Xabi Alonso.  “It’s an honor to receive this recognition,” the ex-player of Real Sociedad and Liverpool confesses to us.  “I’ve been a reader of GQ for many years, and so I’m very proud and grateful to receive this award.”

It’s a modest award for someone who has been anointed as the indisputable brain of the best Real Madrid team in history (in the words of Emilio Butragueño).  He’s a European champion, a world champion and the field marshal of the midfield at the Santiago Bernabéu.  You see him on the field giving assists with his right foot to Cristiano Ronaldo, Özil or Benzema and you know that it’s something that you’re going to tell your grandchildren.  His 50-meter passes appear to be guided by GPS.  He’s a complete sportsman, as elegant as Roger Federer’s backhand, as lethal as Gasol’s hook shot and as precise as Tiger Woods’ swing.

And perhaps due to the years he spent in England, a total gentleman both on and off the field.  “I don’t know if I would consider myself a gentleman.  Of course, I always try to behave impeccably and be as respectful as possible, although of course you also have to play with that measure of passion which is needed.  What happens on the field stays there.  Off of it, I try to be very normal.”

The man from Tolosa defines himself as old school: “I feel very guipuzcoano, simple, honest, introverted and a bit traditional.”  A timeless footballer in a club that demands immediate results.  “This year we have a lot of hope because there is a desire to achieve something big.  All the ingredients are there and now it’s time to see if the recipe works and if the final product is good.”  If I were you, I’d keep his cromo in a safe place.  It’s going to rise in value…

Apologies for my lack of photography skills…

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. manie permalink
    December 29, 2011 14:18

    Perfection. I hope we win la liga this year so he can have won everything.

  2. Rose permalink
    December 29, 2011 15:34

    Ugh, there he goes again ruining all other men for me!

  3. December 29, 2011 16:10

    aaaawwwwww, McDreamy.

    it’s all I can say. I hope there are more guys like him in the world so I could meet and marry one!

  4. Zina Tasreen permalink
    December 29, 2011 18:13

    Wow, simply wow. Don’t be daft, your photography skills are fine. Thanks so much for posting this… 🙂

  5. mumblo permalink
    December 29, 2011 18:15

    Thank you for another wonderful update, Una. I didn’t even know that this article existed, so this post is a double treat!

    Xabi is just lovely, isn’t he? And is appears that the more he reveals about himself, the lovelier he becomes.

  6. emma permalink
    December 29, 2011 18:20

    nothing about this man is fair. jesus.

  7. Lorelei permalink
    December 29, 2011 18:45

    I love the second photo. Xabi looks like Superman! And I couldn’t describe Xabi better than GQ or the man himself. He’s a timeless classic.

  8. Alyssa permalink
    December 29, 2011 19:19

    Don’t worry at all about the photography! Every photograph looks beautiful when this man is in it! And thank you for showing us!

  9. Ellen permalink
    December 29, 2011 19:49

    This is the best Internet birthday present ever.

  10. Courtney permalink
    December 29, 2011 21:16

    If the world had more than one Xabi Alonso, it would self-destruct. It would be too much perfection for the world to handle.

  11. @ulonghaz permalink
    December 30, 2011 02:17

    Iker and Xabi, both are too perfect to be true. They are out of my reach >.<

  12. Pammie permalink
    December 30, 2011 02:24

    oh Xabi…
    I even like the side trimmings on his trousers. He’s perfect.

  13. kiki permalink
    December 30, 2011 17:48

    I CAN’T BREATHE. I CAN’T BREATHE. PERFECTION. OMG. GAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH……………………

    oh Xabier, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. that’s all i can say right now, Xabi, you old school perfect bamf, you ~ just glad he exists, negl

  14. December 30, 2011 18:24

    “i don’t know if i would consider myself a gentleman”!?!??!!?

    xabier! the entire PLANET considers you possibly the most exemplary gentleman of the entire male species — past, present and future!

    thank you for the translation, una. he is a class act, all the way. 🙂

  15. camille permalink
    December 31, 2011 02:03

    I do love Xabi’s awkwardly self-aware modeling photos. It’s so charming.

  16. Sunny permalink
    December 31, 2011 10:54

    That first photo is amazing. I always love reading Xabi articles and interviews. He comes across so well in all of them.

  17. January 3, 2012 08:25

    Damn he’s hot and very photogenic. Well done GQ, but what with the English and gentleman crack. What are you saying about Spaniards? 😛

  18. January 4, 2012 14:54

    Xabi Alonso, awesome. Check out Realmadrid.no peeps! HALA MADRID!

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