Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has given a series of interviews in recent days.
The 25-year-old Spaniard may be best known for his role on the pitch but its his variety of interests and endeavours out of football which make him a unique prospect.
Gooner Talk takes a look at five reasons why Bellerin’s rise to prominence in recent years makes him different to other professional footballers.
He cares for people and the environment
Bellerin has previously spoken about why he’s scared for the future of the planet and says footballers have a responsibility to create awareness around environmental issues.
“It’s nice to show what we have – our cars, our watches – but good to send a more meaningful message than ‘look how cool we are’.”
He’s courageous and doesn’t care what people think of him
“So many people Tweet me saying focus on the game, having seen me at fashion shows or whatever, and I am just like ‘don’t worry’. I am a human being. I have passions, I have hobbies but equally, I am a footballer and that is my main focus.”
In a world of footballers who conform to stereotypes of being ‘lazy and ‘overpaid’, Bellerin has never hidden from his passions and showing the world who he wants to be.
Bellerin took to the catwalk in pink when he modelled for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week last year, another example of him breaking unchartered territory for a professional football.
He’s spoken on societal issues such as homophobia, anti-abortion law, climate change and much more.
Added to that, Bellerin is an advocate for education and for a player who commands an audience of millions of young people that is a quality which provides inspiration to many.
“I was taught that education is the most important thing. You need a back-up plan. The creative process excites me. As a kid I used to paint for, like, time. My mum bought me some painting things recently. It’s about what makes you happy.”
I wanted to see if anyone from our industry would speak out about the abortion bill, but I guess people are too scared. This isn't just an issue for women, it's one for every human being. We fight for equality and this is something men should fight for and not hide away from.