Lionel Messi Orders 35 Gold iPhone 14 Pro Units for World Cup-Winning Argentina Squad

iPhone 14 Pro with gold plating and 1TB storage has a price tag of around EUR 4,000 (roughly Rs. 3,47,700).

Lionel Messi Orders 35 Gold iPhone 14 Pro Units for World Cup-Winning Argentina Squad

Photo Credit: Instagram/ idesigngold

iPhone 14 Pro was launched at Apple's 'Far Out' event in September last year

  • Argentina won the 2022 World Cup by defeating France
  • Each personalised iPhone unit features the person’s name
  • The handsets are designed by iDesign Gold

Football icon Lionel Messi has ordered 35 gold-plated iPhone 14 Pro units to celebrate Argentina's historic win in FIFA World Cup 2022 held in Qatar. The team captain will gift the customised iPhone 14 Pro models, designed by iDesign Gold, to his teammates and staff of the World Cup-winning squad. Each personalised iPhone unit features the person's name and kit number, alongside the logos of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and iDesign Gold. The gold phones also carry the tagline “World Cup Champions 2022” on the rear. Argentina won the 2022 World Cup by defeating France in a final that concluded with a penalty shootout.

Premium personalisation company iDesign Gold on Instagram confirmed that Lionel Messi has commissioned gold-plated 24-carat iPhone 14 Pro models for his team members and support staff who were part of the World Cup-winning squad in Qatar 2022. “It was an honour to deliver 35 gold iPhone 14 to @leomessi for his teammates & staff as a gift for winning the world cup final", it posted.

Each golden iPhone 14 Pro model is engraved with each player's name, number and logo of the AFA. On the back, it also has a tagline "World Cup Champions 2022" and carries the logo of iDesign Gold.

On the iDesign Gold website, the 1TB storage variant of the custom-made iPhone 14 Pro is listed with a price tag of EUR 4,000 (roughly Rs. 3,47,700). Based on this, it is estimated that the Argentinian football legend could have spent EUR 1,40,000 (roughly Rs. 1,21,70,500) for this gift.

Argentina won the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in December last year defeating France in a penalty shootout.

The iPhone 14 Pro was launched at Apple's 'Far Out' event in September last year. It is powered by Apple's Bionic A16 SoC. It has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR Always-On OLED display and a Dynamic Island feature. It flaunts a triple rear camera unit comprising a 48-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor.

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  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Superb display with always-on mode
  • Excellent overall performance
  • Good battery life
  • All cameras take high-quality stills and video
  • Regular iOS updates for many years
  • Bad
  • Extremely expensive
  • Relatively slow charging and transfer speed
  • Gets warm under heavy workloads
  • Limited customisation for Dynamic Island
Display 6.10-inch
Processor Apple A16 Bionic
Front Camera 12-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
OS iOS 16
Resolution 1179x2556 pixels

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Nithya P Nair
Nithya P Nair is a journalist with more than five years of experience in digital journalism. She specialises in business and technology beats. A foodie at heart, Nithya loves exploring new places (read cuisines) and sneaking in Malayalam movie dialogues to spice up conversations. More
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