Defeating the Croatia National Team under the lead of Captain Luka Modric at the World Cup 2022 in Doha, Qatar, the Argentina National Football Team secures their spot in the final round against the France football team. The final match will be held this Sunday, on 18 December 2022, right before Christmas.
The Argentina team, popularly known as Albiceleste, is the world's third-best football team, after Brazil and Belgium, according to the current FIFA rankings. The team is renowned for its beautiful style of play and the high-profile names in the squad, led by captain Lionel Messi.
As a watch lover, I'm also more interested in the watch collection owned by some of the team players.
Watches of the Argentina National Football Team - Captain Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi Watch Collection
Who doesn't know football player Lionel Messi? He is, without a doubt one of the best football players in history. Since 1956, the French news publication France Football has given the legend the Ballon d'Or, a yearly football award. It recognizes the male player who football journalists believe has performed the best over the previous year. The PSG star has won it seven times, compared to Cristiano Ronaldo's two.
But just like the fellow football superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, etc., the captain is also a passionate watch collector. His collection ranges from Rolex to Jacob and Co. He was also once an Audemars Piguet brand ambassador.
To sum up, let's see some of his watches:
1. Jacob and Co. Epic X Chrono 'Lionel Messi', limited to 180 pieces.
Retail price: $28,000.
2. Jacob and Co. Epic X 'Lionel Messi' featuring white gold and titanium case with baguette diamonds on the bezel.
Market price: ~$190,000.
3. Jacob and Co. Epic X Chrono 'Lionel Messi' with gold details on the case and dial. Limited to 180 pieces.
Retail price: $45,000.
4. Jacob and Co. Epic SF24 Tourbillon. Retail price: $142,000.
5. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 'Leo Messi' 26325ST.
Market price: ~$90,000.
6. Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1R in rose gold.
Market price: ~$255,000.
7. Patek Philippe Chronograph 5980R-001.
Market price: ~$170,000.
8. Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740 in white gold.
Retail price: $126,850.
Market price: ~$250,000.
9. Rolex Submariner 116659SABR with blue dial and bezel factory set with 27 blue baguette sapphires and 11 baguette diamonds at the hour markers.
Retail price: $92,000.
Market price: ~$170,000.
10. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yellow 124300.
Retail price: $6,150.
Market price: ~$20,000.
Watches of the Argentina National Football Team - Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria and Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire 441.JX.4802.RT
Angel Di Maria, who plays for Argentina's national team and for Paris-Saint Germain, owns a similar piece that can be found in the French Kylian Mbappe watch collection. It is the Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire 441.JX.4802.RT featuring a skeleton dial made from transparent resin and the screws, crown, and buckle are made of titanium.
The piece was released in 2016 and is limited to 500 pieces worldwide.
Retail price: $57,900.
Watches of the Argentina National Football Team - Lauro Martinez
Lautaro Martinez wears Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968G
Argentine striker Lautaro Javier Martnez competes professionally for both the Argentina national team and Serie A club Inter Milan.
At a press conference during the World Cup 2022 in Doha, Qatar, Martinez was seen flexing the white gold Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968G.
The watch has a bold khaki-green color for the dial and a matching composite strap. It is water-resistant to 120m. The case is enhanced by polished and satin finishes. The 60-minute counter at 6 o'clock picks up the rounded octagonal shape of the bezel.
Watches of the Argentina National Football Team - Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala Watch Collection
The 29-year-old Argentinian Paulo Dybala plays as a striker for the national team and Serie A club Roma. Dybala, who has the nickname "La Joya" is said to be best friends with the G.O.A.T Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Just like his best friends, Dybala has several luxury watches that I found very amazing!
1. Patek Philippe Annual Calendar in rose gold 5205R-001.
Market price: $50,000
2. Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1R-001 in rose gold.
Market price: $250,000.
3. Rolex Day-Date Chocolate Brown Dial 228235.
Market price: ~$58,000.
4. Rolex Daytona Rainbow 116595RBOW in rose gold.
Market price: $700,000.
5. Rolex Submariner 'Smurf' 116619LB. The watch is commonly known as the Smurf thanks to its bright blue bezel and dial paired with its white metal case.
Market price: ~$44,000.
6. Rolex Day-Date 40 ref. 228235 with the 60th Anniversary Dial.
Market price: ~$58,000.
Watches of the Argentina National Football Team - Nicolas Otamendi
Nicolas Otamendi wears Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A
Nicolas Otamendi is a part of the Argentina National Football Team and plays as a centre-back not only for his country, but also for Portuguese Primeira Liga Club Benfica.
I could only find one picture where he wears a luxury watch. The picture above shows a stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus Selfwinding 5711/1A-010 with a blue dial on his wrist.
With the rounded octagonal shape of its bezel, the ingenious porthole construction of its case, and its horizontally embossed dial, the Nautilus has epitomized the elegant sports watch since 1976. Forty years later, it comprises a splendid collection of models for men and women. In steel, rose gold, white gold, or two-tone combinations, they accompany the most active lifestyles with incomparable class.
Btw, one of the Premier League Managers, Frank Lampard, also owns a similar piece, but his model is the reference 5711/1P in platinum, not in stainless steel.
Market price: ~$156,000.
Watches of the Argentina National Football Team - Ángel Correa
Angel Martin Correa is an Argentine professional football player who competes for the Argentina national team and La Liga club Atlético Madrid as a forward and winger. With the Argentine club San Lorenzo, Correa began his professional career at the age of 18. He won the Torneo Inicial in 2013 and the Copa Libertadores in 2014.
He owns a Rolex Daytona 116519LN 'Ghost Dial.'
The 40 mm watch features a black ceramic bezel, a white gold and steel case, and a black Oysterflex rubber strap with a white gold Oysterlock clasp.