Full Time : Watches of Footballers7:08 am
Football has always been highly dependent on the wristwatch: Referees need it to keep a tab on the time, managers need it to demand those extra minutes of stoppages (read: Fergie Time), and perhaps most importantly of all, players wear high-end watches to display their already lavish lifestyles.
There’s a complex relationship between the beautiful game and beautiful timepieces. Only with regards to a watch do players believe they’re not bound by sponsorship agreements. They could be brand ambassadors for X but can be seen wearing anything they want. Footballers usually have a much freer reign over their individual choice of wrist wear. As another thrilling season of football begins, we go up close to discover watches of footballers and the complex relation between the relationship between the finest luxury watch brands and world-class players:
Surely the first man to come to your mind would have been David Beckham. Charismatic and stylish on and off the field, you couldn’t have missed Beckham’s Breitling advertisements. Though he’s been spotted wearing a Rolex in the recently concluded Wimbledon, Becks says he’s still loyal to the “Instrument for Professionals”.
There’s no hiding that the ‘Perfectionist’ Cristiano is a big admirer of timepieces. Committed to TAG Heuer, Ronaldo has a set of inspired watches of the brand which you can read about here.
Apart from his glorious trophy cabinet, Ronaldo boasts of having a collection of over 50+ watches! Never mind Ronnie, you deserve them all!
Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane
You might wonder why we put these two greats together. They’ve been long term loyalists and ambassadors to the brand from Schaffhausen: IWC. Both adorned the Madrid jersey together and both are long term partners of the brand. And by choice, they have always chosen the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar over any other timepiece.
From the Archives: Diego Maradona
Asking why Maradona does any of the wacky things he does is usually a futile attempt at finding a brick of logic in a hurricane of madness. And if you’re clueless like us as to why in the world does he wear not one, but two watches? We have an answer. Maradona always wears two watches when he travels – one set to local time and one set to the time back in Argentina (somebody please gift him a world timer).
Considered to be a man with an extravagant taste, he reportedly has a big collection of Rolex timepieces, two of which were seized by Italian tax authorities as he sort of managed to flee from paying $39 million in taxes when he was playing for Napoli. In 2006, when he reached Naples for a charity game, the authorities seized a pair of Rolexes from Maradona and ‘somewhat’ recovered a portion of unpaid taxes. He’s been spotted wearing mostly chronographs from the luxury watchmaker.
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Features Writer, The Watch Guide
Rahul is a watch and sports lover currently living in New Delhi. Having worked as a journalist and a copywriter previously, he is now thrilled to be a part of a team that loves, lives and breathes wristwatches. After joining Ethos and The Watch Guide team, his interest for the world of horology grew and is now completely and hopelessly hooked on watches.