FIFA 2018: The Watches Of Footballers
The first time we see a new watch is usually when it’s attached to some A, B…Z list celebrity because they’ve made an appearance on TV, attended a luxurious event or simply posted a picture on social media. Most of the time, it’s those famous footballers who earn on average £50,000 – £100,000 per week. Obviously, these skilful athletes would possess an incredible watch collection, since they’d only have to save a week’s wages to afford the rarest and most exquisite pieces out there.
Since the FIFA World Cup is looming closer, I thought it would be right to talk about some of our favourite timepieces owned by the world’s greatest footballers. Many of who will be travelling to Russia to represent their country in less than two months time.
Team: Real Madrid
Last November, the Real Madrid midfielder made headlines after visiting the Audemars Piguet boutique in Madrid and announcing his collaboration with the Swiss brand. Since the Brazilian footballer is now a friend of the brand, it’s only fitting that he owns some of its most exclusive pieces.
One of Casemiro’s most recent posts on Twitter shows the footballer wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak open dial wheel ref. 15204OR. The clean rose gold Royal Oak case features the iconic hexagonal shaped bezel and an open worked dial with a date wheel. This stylish watch is elegant, unusual and artistic, all at the same time.
Team: Manchester United
Although Manchester United couldn’t quite clinch this year’s Premier League title, leaving their fellow Mancunian rivals, Manchester City to bask in all the glory, players like Lingard performed exceptionally well. Not only does the English midfielder have quick feet and a powerful kick, he also has great taste in watches. Below he is wearing the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 in rose gold and stainless steel.
The Nautilus range is probably Patek Philippe’s most popular collection. The clean dial, polished case and perfect size are what make the 5711, arguably, the most elegant sports watch currently on the market.
You can’t discuss the watches of footballers without mentioning this guy. Not only is Lionel Messi Argentina’s all-time leading goal scorer, he is also a long-standing Audemars Piguet ambassador. In 2010 the Swiss brand announced its collaboration with the footballing legend and ever since he has worn some pretty attractive Audemars Piguet pieces.
Probably the most recognisable watch in Messi’s collection is his very own limited edition piece. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi limited edition chronograph ref.26325TS is available in stainless steel, rose gold and platinum. The forward is regularly seen wearing the platinum Leo Messi, which features a 41mm case and tantalum bezel, a smooth blue dial with white gold applied hour markers and subdials, and a blue alligator strap. This particular piece is limited to around 100 pieces worldwide.
And finally, we cannot put together a watch list and NOT mention one of the most famous luxury brands in the world, Rolex. Last week, Liverpool’s goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet travelled back to his homeland to start training with the Belgium squad in preparation for the FIFA World Cup.
Mignolet was pictured in casual clothes whilst wearing a Rolex Daytona ref. 116500LN. The popular sports wristwatch features a 40mm stainless steel case, black ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale, chronograph functions and a white dial. Although this watch was initially designed to suit the needs of racing professionals, it has become a huge hit with athletes and style icons alike.