Lionel Messi has splurged $200,000 on 35 customized gold iPhones for his World Cup winning teammates. Each phone will be etched with the name and number of the squad member

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With just news of Messi getting acquainted with Saudi Arabia, the Argentina captain is already displaying gestures of wealth. The seven-time Ballon d’Or Winner wanted to celebrate the iconic World Cup win with his colleagues and staff. He certainly made them an unforgettable memento by spending more than $200,000 on gold iPhones for his Argentina teammates. 35 iPhones made entirely from gold were made by iDesign Gold, a company specializing in customized gold phones.

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Based on the iPhone 14 pro model, each device features the Argentina national football team emblem with the words World Cup Champions 2022 and details like the player’s name and shirt number. CEO of iDesign Gold, Ben Lyons, shared Lionel is not only the Goat, but he’s one of iDesigns gold’s most loyal customers and got in touch with us a couple of months after the World Cup final,’ he told The Sun. ‘He said he wanted a special gift for all the players and staff to celebrate the amazing win but didn’t want the usual gift of watches. So, I suggested gold iPhones inscribed with their names, and he loved the idea.’

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A $200,000 gift does sound like a costly idea, but not when you make over $41 million in annual PSG salary. Messi’s contract with PSG will end this summer, and Saudi Arabia’s football clubs are leaving no stone unturned to woo the legendary player, offering him a staggering $1 million daily. If Messi moves to the clubs Al-Hilal (Riyadh) and Al Itihad (Jedah), his teammates will be truly excited!

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