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06/02/2021
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Soccer Stars and Their Watches: Who Wears What?

By Jorg Weppelink
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Soccer Stars and Their Watches: Who Wears What?

This summer promises to be a big one for sports events. Without a doubt, one that millions of people will be most looking forward to is the UEFA European Football (i.e., soccer) Championship. The tournament was supposed to happen in 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus. Instead, it will take place this year featuring some of the world’s elite players. And it comes as no surprise that some of the biggest names in the game are actually big watch fans. So, what timepieces do these stars typically don on their wrists? 

Before the tournament kicks off, let’s check out the players taking the field at the UEFA Euro 2020 and see what their watches of choice are (although some of these guys will, unfortunately, miss the tournament due to injury, that’s not going to stop them from sporting some excellent timepieces this summer). There are more than a few highlights to discuss. 

Cristiano Ronaldo: The Soccer World’s Watch Champion

Cristiano Ronaldo is unmistakably one of soccer’s biggest stars and a serious fan of watches. The Portuguese superstar has made a name for himself off the field by wearing some of the most exclusive watches out there. Ronaldo’s taste makes something clear: Diamonds can be a soccer legend’s best friend, too. Take his Rolex GMT-Master II 116769TBR. This 18-karat white gold GMT-Master is completely iced out with 30 carats of white diamonds. At over $450,000, this is one costly timepiece. Still not enough? Well, Cristiano Ronaldo has been spotted wearing even more expensive timepieces. One example is the Franck Muller 7008 T INV C INV R worth a reported $2,000,000. The watch glistens with red and white invisible-set baguette diamonds and also features a tourbillon. One of his more recent purchases is the Bvlgari Octo Tourbillon Full Baguette Diamonds. This timepiece has a limited run of eight pieces worldwide and costs $790,000. As we can see, Ronaldo clearly likes to rock plenty of ice on his wrist, and I look forward to seeing if any of these showstoppers shows up on his wrist this summer. 

Diamonds as far as the eye can see: the Rolex GMT-Master II Ice 116769TBR
Diamonds as far as the eye can see: the Rolex GMT-Master II Ice 116769TBR

Patek Lovers and Soccer Stars: Zlatan Ibrahimović and Virgil van Dijk

Due to a knee injury, Zlatan Ibrahimović will not be playing in the European Championship this summer. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t continue to shine with his big personality and some beautiful timepieces off the field. The Swede has been seen wearing the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001. This rose gold version of the iconic Nautilus features a chronograph and date function and retails for $91,400. The Nautilus is one of the most popular watches out there, so getting your hands on one at list price is basically out of the question. Expect to pay upwards of $200,000 for this timepiece. 

Liverpool center-back Virgil van Dijk will also be sitting out of the tournament due to knee problems. However, watch fans can rest assured that his wrists are fine: This Dutch star also likes Patek Philippe and can be found wearing the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168-G in white gold. The Aquanaut combines this precious metal with a green composite strap, giving it a sporty look. The retail price of the watch is $39,690. However, this model has developed a kind of cult following, meaning it tends to go for around $85,000. But as we’ll read below, soccer stars make perfect watch brand ambassadors, and unlike the rest of us, they typically don’t have to worry about availability. 

A favorite of Ibrahimović: the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R
A favorite of Ibrahimović: the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R

Kylian Mbappé: Hublot’s Brand Ambassador

French soccer superstar Kylian Mbappé is a Hublot brand ambassador. One of the most extravagant watches the footballer has donned is the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang King Gold Rainbow. The watch is made of exclusive King Gold – a special gold and platinum alloy – and features a series of colorful gemstones on its case, dial, and bezel. The watch currently retails for $92,600. By the way, Hublot is also the official timekeeper of the UEFA Euro 2020 and just recently unveiled its Big Bang e UEFA Euro 2020™ connected watch for the event. 

Shiny and extravagant: Kylian Mbappé's Hublot Big Bang King Gold Rainbow
Shiny and extravagant: Kylian Mbappé’s Hublot Big Bang King Gold Rainbow

On the Field and On their Wrists: Antoine Griezmann and Sergio Ramos

Another French player we hope to see during this summer is French striker Antoine Griezmann from FC Barcelona. A former brand ambassador for HYT Watches, Griezmann has sported watches from different brands over the years. The most recognizable of these is probably his Everose Gold Rolex Rainbow Daytona with 36 baguette-cut sapphires. This watch retailed for under $100,000 in 2018, but in true Rolex fashion, it has seen strong price growth since then. Spanish Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos owns the same watch in yellow gold. Ramos is known among enthusiasts for his serious collection of timepieces. This includes the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001, the Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A-001 that retails for $43,774, and several Audemars Piguet Royal Oak models, including an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph in 18-karat rose gold with a diamond bezel worth more than $40,000. 

Three Lions on the Shirt, Fine Watches on the Wrist: England’s National Team

England’s squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship also includes players who love their watches. England midfielder Dele Alli famously wears a few Audemars Piguet Royal Oak models. One of his most striking timepieces is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Black Skeleton in 18-karat rose gold, which has a $125,000 price tag. Fellow Tottenham player Harry Kane also boasts a nice watch collection. He owns a Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1R-001 in 18-karat rose gold that retails for over $150,000. Another piece in Kane’s possession is the Patek Philippe Split Seconds Chronograph 5370P. This sophisticated, exclusive, technically stunning platinum timepiece sells for $249,200 USD. 

If you’re in the market for something a bit more extravagant, Richard Mille is definitely a brand to check out. Many soccer stars and their coaches have been spotted wearing these watches. French player Paul Pogba has a  

Richard Mille RM030 “White Rush” in white ceramic and black NTPT carbon that was limited to 50 pieces and costs $200,000. On the other hand, Dutch Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum wears the RM055 Richard Mille “Bubba Watson” with a titanium case and a ceramic front bezel that also retails for around $200,000. But Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola tops them all. The Spanish coach has multiple Richard Mille watches in his collection, the most exclusive of which is the Richard Mille RM 022 Tourbillon Aerodyne Dual Time Zone worth over $650,000. Watch enthusiasts are sure to have plenty of incredible and expensive timepieces to look forward to at this summer’s UEFA Euro 2020 Championship. With that in mind, let the tournament begin! 

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About the Author

Jorg Weppelink

Hi, I'm Jorg, and I've been writing articles for Chrono24 since 2016. However, my relationship with Chrono24 goes back a bit longer, as my love for watches began …

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