Messi swears by his Audemars Piguet, Cristiano Ronaldo by his TAG Heuer… Hiren Kumar Bose on the timepieces celebrity soccer players wear
FIFA World Cup kicks off today in Russia and you’re likely to see lot of Hublot. For its 3rd participation in the FIFA World Cup™, from South Africa and Brazil, Hublot will have the honour of timekeeping for the event.
Thirty-two nations are participating in the event which begins with Russia v Saudi Arabia and ends on July 15. All big names in soccer are either the Brand Ambassador or Friend of the Brand of well-known watch brands. Football being a contact sport it’s very unlikely that you will see the players wear the watch while playing but you will surely catch them wearing their favourites, when not playing. So here’s a list of celebrity footballers and their watches.
Argentina’s all-time leading goal scorer Lionel Messi has been an Audemars Piguet ambassador since 2010 and a limited edition to his name. He is often seen wearing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi limited edition chronograph which is available in stainless steel, rose gold and platinum. It features a 41mm case and tantalum bezel, a smooth blue dial with white gold applied hour markers and subdials, and a blue alligator strap.
Brazilian midfielder Carlos Casemiro who plays for Real Madrid will be seen wearing Audemars Piguet Royal Oak open dial wheel. The clean rose gold Royal Oak case features the iconic hexagonal shaped bezel and an open worked dial with a date wheel.
English midfielder Jesse Lingard who plays for Manchester United wears the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 in rose gold and stainless steel has a clean dial, polished case and an elegant sports watch.
Portuguese soccer champion Cristiano Ronaldo, brand ambassador of TAG Heuer since 2014 has a model to his name: Ronaldo “CR7” Limited Edition watch which was launched in 2015. Based on the Formula 1 Chronograph, the CR7 has a black and green colour scheme to evoke the green of the football pitch. The main design flourish of the CR7 is the chequered-patterned dial, which gives the watch a distinct feel from the other Formula 1 models. The watch case has a 42mm steel case coated in titanium carbide- the same material as the bezel.
Swiss soccer star left-back Ricardo Rodríguez who plays for the Italian giants, AC Milan has been signed as brand ambassador of Carl F Bucherer.
Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who plays for the Liverpool team has often been seen wearing Rolex Daytona, 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.
Rolex Daytona is a favourite of several soccer players including Alexis Sanchez (Chile), Philippe Coutinho (Brazil), and Karim Benzema (France). On the other hand, Sergio Ramos (Spain), Sami Khedira (Germany), and Leroy Sané (Germany) vouch for their Rolex Everose gold Daytona watches.