Elite footballers have always found it a challenge to the imagination to think of enough things to spend all that money on – see the sums some are willing to squander on betting thrills or their absurd collections of cars, should evidence of that claim be required.
Watches, then are an ideal money pit – they denote status, are easily portable, don’t require vast garages for storage and are appropriately jewel encrusted to dazzle women with.
They even come in limited, numbered editions – perfect for the collector whose own personal squad number is all wrapped up in his “brand”, and can therefore collect the watch with “his” number.
They may even go up in value, allowing the ambitious young man to congratulate himself on a shrewd investment. Not that that was ever his intention.
So it’s about time then, that someone started ranking footballers by watch price rather than irrelevant trivia such as goals, assists and kilometres flounced.
Fortunately, just the day after Real Madrid wrapped up the Spanish league title, the Spanish website Expansion.com brings us the details of the squad’s favourite timepieces.
Rather idiotically, they have failed to put them in a league table format, so to help you fathom who’s “best at watches in Real Madrid”, here’s the current table:
Player Watch Value
Cristiano Ronaldo TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T €57,900
Luka Modric Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph €55,500
Karim Benzema Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1A €40,000
Toni Kroos Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore €25,000
Sergio Ramos Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day and Date €23,000
Keylor Navas Hublot Big Bang €18,000
Gareth Bale Rolex Cosmograph Daytona €11,400
Casemiro Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique €4,880
Raphael Varane TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 01 €4,750
Nacho Fernandez Mont Blanc Summit €945
Marcelo Casio G-Shock DW-6900 €95 (!)
Naturally, these players are likely to own a wide range of chronographs, which they carefully select depending on their mood, the occasion, or strength of urge to communicate their wealth.
Some have probably also invested in one of the world’s most bonkers items of furniture, the cabinet for self-winding watches. Given that self-winders need to be worn to keep working, the cabinet keeps the watches moving EVEN WHEN THEY ARE NOT BEING WORN!
They can thus be put on at any time of the day or night without risking enraging the owner by not working. Companies such as Buben and Zorweg provide a variety of options, and Harrods used to do a nice one for around 20 grand, but it doesn’t appear on their website currently. Perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo bought them all.