FIFA World Cup 2018: Who cares about winners or losers? It's all about the wrists of Lingard, Messi and Neymar and their luxury watches!


by Hina Khan

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June 05. 2018 - by Hina Khan

It’s that time again where the quadrennial international football tournament will grace our screens once again. Have you ever wondered what your favourite football superstars flash on their wrists? Elite athletes have no time for second best, this proves true even to the the watches they wear. Rolex Daytona? Hublot Big Bang? No big deal. Discover many more exquisite timepieces worn by football players who will be representing their home countries in this years Fifa World Cup!


Sports and luxury watches are not that far off from each other. With many collaborations between renowned manufacturers and professional athletes, it’s no wonder that Hublot will be the official timekeeper of the Fifa World Cup for the third time in a row. Whilst we are looking forward to the action on the pitch, we’re also equally intrigued to know what fine timepieces the players have been donning. Here are some of the international team players of the Fifa World Cup 2018 and their watches.

1. Jesse Lingard aka “Messi Lingard”

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard will be playing for England in the world cup and we could not be more excited. With many fans now calling him  “Messi Lingard”, let's see whether he lives up to the nickname which has associated him with one of the best players in the world. No pressure at all! Lingard has been spotted wearing an 18k Rose Gold Patek Philippe Nautilus. Fancy indeed.

2. Lionel Messi and the luxury watch chronicles 


Argentine legend and forward player Lionel Messi plays for Barcelona and will be representing his home country. His successful football career lead to him teaming up with Audemars Piguet themselves when he came out with the limited edition Royal Oak Leo Messi Edition. Messi has been an avid lover of AP as it was the first watch he received for his first season in the team. 

3. Mats Hummels with his Monaco


One of the top-ranked defenders worldwide, the German central defender for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team Mats Hummels will definitely not be disappointing us this season. His focus and performance on the pitch are exactly why TAG Heuer has made him a brand ambassador since 2016. Hummels is often seen sporting his classy Monaco.

4. Andrés Iniesta stays connected

The Spanish central midfielder ranks second among FC Barcelona players and is due to start playing for Japanese Club Vissel Kobe from July 2018. With his track record, we are anticipating brilliant performance from Spain in the world cup! Iniesta proudly joined the TAG Heuer Family and dons a Connected Modular 45

5. The Cristiano Ronaldo Collection


When the star striker isn’t gifting BVLGARI watches to the whole team of Real Madrid, the Portuguese striker can be seen wearing watches from brands such as Tag Heuer, Rolex (a Rose Gold Daytona!), Audemars Piguet, Franck Muller, CVSTOS, whilst cruising around in his Lamborghini Aventador; his collection is truly wide! As Tag Heuer has many collaborations with sports celebrities, it shouldn’t surprise us that the three-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year Award (Ballon d’Or), is currently a brand ambassador of Tag Heuer.

6. Harry Kane knows how to pick them


“Hurricane” Harry Kane plays for the Tottenham Spurs and the English national team. For the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018, Kane will be the captain of England. He might be caught wearing his special edition Hublot which was created to commemorate his extraordinary 2015 campaign in the English Premier League. He’s also been spotted with a Gold Daytona.

7. Neymar de Silva Santos Júnior has made it

Making his debut at the ripe age of 17, Neymar has gone on to become the world’s most expensive player. It’s no wonder that the Brazilian forward has been spotted in some of the finest timepieces horology has to offer - the most common being a Hublot Classic Fusion.

8. Olivier Giroud - lover of horology


The Chelsea F.C forward and French national player can be seen sporting what looks to be a Hublot Big Bang Evolution as well as a Big Bang Aero Bang. Clearly, this fashion-savvy Football player doesn’t baulk when it comes to watches. He is also known to be an adherer to the brand Piaget. 

Horology fan, Giroud, visiting the Piaget manufactory

9. David Silva's Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore

The Spanish attacking midfielder, who plays for Manchester City in the English Premier League is a true veteran of the game and will be representing Spain in this year’s world cup. Let’s see how far the Spanish squad goes. David Silva wears a Royal Oak Offshore.

10. Jamie Vardy– Football star and watch enthusiast


Amazingly, the top football player Jamie Vardy only joined the English Premier League at the late age of 25 and has been the second highest scorer in the League. He’ll be representing the English national team and we are sure he will fair well in the international arena. He has been seen wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, as well as a two-tone Submariner.

Hina Khan

by Hina Khan

Hina joins us from the West Midlands in the UK, and unlocked a hidden passion for luxury watches after joining CHRONEXT. In particular, she finds rose gold watches to be elegant and timeless. Captivated by the distinctive history of IWC and their unique watch engineering, her favourite timepiece is none other than the IWC Portugieser with the reference IW371480.

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