The first time the football world was told that the legendary Ross Barkley would be wearing a wool sock was in 1996.
It was a fitting conclusion for the great fullback.
It is true that the legend’s name has long been associated with his iconic blue wool socks.
But, as the sport’s greatest ever forward, Ross has been a real pioneer.
Ross, who played at the highest level of the game with Leeds United and Manchester United, was one of the most influential figures in English football.
His career began at the turn of the century with the signing of the first Welshman to sign for a professional club, the brilliant John Smith.
Ross went on to sign the likes of Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker and Michael Owen, but he had one more player who was an inspiration to him: Gary Fitzgerald.
Ross became the first Englishman to be signed by a foreign club.
He joined Leeds in 1996, but his signing was not the end of his footballing journey.
In 1996, he was given a place in the Leeds side as part of the deal which saw Leeds signed by the famous Italian football team, Inter Milan.
Ross played a key role in Leeds winning the 1996 FA Cup and went on the run to win the European Cup and the Champions League in 1999 and 2000.
His goalkeeping career saw him make his international debut in 2004, and the pair would go on to play in the 2002 World Cup final.
Ross was a regular in the hearts of the Leeds fans, and it was during his time at the club that he became the face of the brand.
In fact, he became so popular that when Leeds signed him back in 2006, it became a tradition for fans to hold a special shirt to honour him.
Ross would go onto play for three more clubs before retiring from the game.
The legend has a history of wearing socks with a special message in each.
It may not seem like much but it has a huge impact on the way we all live our lives.
I was born in 1966 and I wore my socks when I was growing up.
They were the first thing I ever wore.
I think that it has had a profound effect on me.
Ross and his friends were the inspiration for a new type of wool socks for the 2010 World Cup.
It comes as no surprise that Ross is a fan of wool, with his socks being the first in the UK to be made from sheepskin, rather than wool, which was the first textile used for clothing.
This unique combination of wool and linen is why he has been so revered in the sport of football, and why he was chosen to wear his socks with his national team shirt.
Ross’ socks have become a symbol of England’s triumph over Italy, but the legend has never taken them off.
They are still worn by the club in the Champions Cup semi-final, when England beat the Italians 3-2 in Turin.
Ross has also made a name for himself in the football community, having helped Leeds become one of England and Wales’ best-supported teams, winning the Championship title in 2006 and 2008.
Ross remains one of football’s most popular players, even as he looks back at his time as a player.
In an interview with the Daily Mail in 2014, he said that he will always have a special place in his heart for Leeds, and said that the socks are something that he and his family will always carry with them.
“They’re very special to me,” he said.
“It’s something that I will always be proud of and I’ll carry with me forever.”
Ross will not be wearing socks for this year’s World Cup, but it is likely that he could be in the squad for next summer’s tournament in Russia.