If music was Bob Marley’s first love then football was a close second, one that he would interweave with his day job as frequently as possible.

While touring, he’d make the most of his breaks with an impromptu match against his Wailers bandmates, even if the only available pitch was a petrol station during a tour-bus pit stop. His manager, Allan ‘Skill’ Cole, was credited as Jamaica’s greatest footballer well before taking up Marley’s job offer – the latter was even known to say that he wished he could sing as well as Cole could play football.

After Marley moved to London following an assassination attempt in Kingston, Jamaica, his love of the beautiful game got noticed for a different reason. It wasn’t only his dribbling skills that caught attention, but his drip, too.

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Marley’s most iconic sighting came when he was papped kicking a ball about in Battersea Park, sporting a navy tracksuit tucked into socks, over a striped knit, a pair of Adidas Copa Mundials on his feet. Perhaps not as eye-catching as the Rastafarian jackets or double denim ensembles he’d wear on stage, but a look that was more easily replicable in the wardrobes of footy lads around the world.

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Marley wasn’t one to reserve these looks for the pitch, either – as the new biopic, Bob Marley: One Love, depicts. From the recording studio to downtime with family, the famous Adidas set (often worn as separates) features within the film, reflecting a long-standing relationship, and love, of the German brand. In an interview in 2017, the curator of Adidas Spezial, Gary Aspden, credited the musician as the first person “to adopt head-to-toe sportswear as a look off the field, way before hip-hop and rappers took [it] on”.

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