The World Cup 2022 held in Qatar just ended with the most epic finale of all time! The event has been a star-studded affair with celebrities of all kinds attending and taking in the festivities. As a watch enthusiast, you might have nearly broken your neck trying to figure out what watches athletes and celebrities were wearing to these events. But don’t worry, below I discuss four footballers and the incredible luxury watches they were been spotted wearing at the 2022 World Cup.
Lionel Messi – Patek Philippe
Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Lionel Messi has captured the football world with his incredible ability. His touch, passing ability, dribbling ability, and scoring ability all rank among the greatest of all time.
Messi has won just about every accolade as a football professional, but the one title that has always eluded him is the World Cup. In the 2022 World Cup final that Argentina just won, Messi officially ended the conversation of who is the greatest footballer of all time and he is officially crowned the GOAT.
For as talented as he is on the football, Messi has an equally impressive watch collection off the field. The watch he’s been spotted wearing the most for the World Cup in Qatar has been his Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar reference 5740G.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar reference 5740G
The Patek Philippe watch features a white gold case and bracelet with a stunning micro-rotor movement to power the watch’s perpetual calendar complication. It is the first Nautilus to feature a grand complication of any kind, this one featuring a perpetual calendar which showcases the day, date, month, leap year and moonphase indicator. This watch has become one of the most collectible Nautilus models and has a current market price of approximately $250,000
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Neymar Jr. – Rolex
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is another legend of the sport who shares a close connection to he first entrant in this list, Lionel Messi. Neymar Jr. has played with Messi both for FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Rolex Daytona 116518LN
Cool, calm and collected on and off the football field, Neymar Jr. has been spotted wearing a Rolex Daytona 116518LN with what collectors call a “Paul Newman” dial.
This Rolex watch has a wonderfully sporty design with its black ceramic bezel matching the black dial and complimenting the red racing accents of the dial perfectly. It’s also a super comfortable watch as the oysterflex strap expands and contracts as the wrist swells and vents the wrist super well. The current market price of the Rolex Daytona 116518LN Paul Newman currently sits around the $44,000 mark.
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Virgil Van Dijk – Audemars Piguet
One of the best defenders in the world, Virgil Van Dijk has solidified himself as one of the best footballers in the world for his incredible play as part of Liverpool FC. A cornerstone of the Dutch International team Virgil Van Dijk is a very established collector of Audemars Piguet watches ranging from Royal Oaks, to Royal Oak Concepts, Royal Oak Offshores and everything in between.
The watch he has been spotted wearing the most at the World Cup in Qatar has been the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26579CS.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26579CS
This is an absolute stunner of a watch and one that was recently released. It comes as the third colorway of the Royal Oak ceramic line this time featuring an entirely blue ceramic case and bracelet.
I must admit seeing photos and product pictures really don’t do it justice. The photos of this AP watch on Virgil’s wrist really showcase the incredible light play and blue hues this watch emits and there’s no doubt this will be a surefire future collectible and is already a modern classic. The current market price of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26579CS sits around the $550,000 mark.
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Kylian Mbappe – Hublot
One of the sport’s most popular up and coming players, Kylian Mbappe has become a football superstar. Bursting onto the scene as a young man by being one of France’s most important players on their road to winning the World Cup in 2018, Mbappe’s status in the football world has also been elevated by playing alongside the likes of Messi and Neymar for Paris Saint-Germain.
Together, the trio has witnessed tremendous success. Mbappe was so so close to taking his team to victory, unfortunately it came down to penalty kicks which his team could not overcome.
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang King Gold
The watch Mbappe has been spotted wearing most during the World Cup has been his Hublot Spirit of Big Bang King Gold. Hublot watches dominate the football scene with their sponsorships of events and athletes so it only makes sense one of the players would be wearing a watch from the brand. In all likelihood, the watch was given to Mbappe as a means to promote the brand given Mbappe’s notoriety and status in the football scene. No doubt it is still a good looking watch which carries an approximate current market value of $30,000.
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Neymar has not acquired the World Cup. He plays for Brazil and not Argentina like Messi.
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