Pep Guardiola is much wealthier than you think he is and here’s why

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola was seen during Manchester City’s Champions League matchup with Real Madrid, donning one of the rarest timepieces in existence.

The Champions League quarterfinal match is in the balance ahead of next week’s second leg as City and Real drew 3-3 on Wednesday at the Bernabeu.

Two goals in two minutes from Real Madrid negated Bernardo Silva’s early goal in the first half.

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Then, long-range goals from Phil Foden and Josko Gvardiol appeared to have given Guardiola’s team a thrilling victory, but late in the game, Federico Valverde’s exquisite volley tied the score.

Even though the Champions League classic was presented to the fans, one of Guardiola’s wardrobe decisions on the touchline was a major discussion point following the match. The Spaniard did, in fact, show up donning one of the most expensive watches available.

High-end watchmaker Richard Mille developed Guardiola’s watch, especially for tennis player Rafael Nadal.

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In addition to having an open design that shows off the watch’s gears and hands, the Calibre RM27-01 has a manual winding tourbillon movement. The watch’s yellow lines and dots correspond to the minutes and hours, and the hands’ red tips indicate the time.

At just 18.83 grams, including the band, the 27-01 edition has shattered the record for being the lightest mechanical watch ever.

There are only 50 copies of the watch in the world, and Guardiola and Nadal are two of the fortunate owners. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that it would cost you about £1.1 million.

Guardiola said to TNT Sports following his team’s triumph, “It was, I think, a nice game.”

“We started really well and after it is so difficult against Real Madrid because they defend so well and the pace they have up front is unbelievable, so always you concede transitions against that team, it is impossible to control it.

“In the first half, we were a little anxious with the ball. After 2-1 we lose a lot of balls that players do not usually lose. But in the second half, we showed our incredible personality in the way we play because at 2-1, it is a risk if we concede another goal.

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“If we come back to Manchester 3-1 or 4-1 it would be difficult. But we continued playing with a lot of composure, much better than the first half. We make two fantastic goals from Phil and Josko. In the end, Madrid after 76 minutes, in this stadium, is an eternity.

“So, 3-3, we will take it. We have to win the game. Win the game to qualify for the semi-final. We will have our people. It will be sold out. We will need all of them to beat the kings of this competition.”