Thursday 22 February 2018

Luiz splashes £1m on presents for team-mates

Chelsea's David Luiz. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Chelsea's David Luiz. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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It used to be the case that top-flight footballers would celebrate their triumphs with a round of beers and a night at the casino or a day at the races. But it seems that for today's elite that would be far too restrained.

David Luiz has marked Chelsea's Premier League title by spending £1m on giving his team-mates custom-made gold and diamond-encrusted computerised wristbands, programmed to act as a key for their supercars.

Luiz presented each member of the Chelsea squad - along with head coach Antonio Conte and owner Roman Abramovich - with a Senturion key after training yesterday.

The Brazilian international customised his own key to feature solid 18-carat handcrafted rose gold and 198 black diamonds, and synchronised it with his Mercedes-AMG G Wagon.

But he saved the most special thank-you for Abramovich, whose key is described as being forged from a 4.9 billion-year-old meteorite, making it older than planet Earth.

Quite what Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante will make of such an extravagant trinket remains to be seen. Much to the amusement of his team-mates, the 26-year-old Frenchman drives a Mini to training in contrast to the Aston Martins and Lamborghinis favoured by most.

Ayla Varquin, Senturion's director of communications, said: "It was very generous of David to commission special Senturion pieces for his team-mates and while normally we produce editions of only seven pieces, in this case it was our pleasure to create a custom edition of 30 for his Chelsea team-mates."

The former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is believed to have spent over pounds 800,000 on commemorative rings for his team-mates after the club's

2012 Champions League success.

Central defender Luiz commissioned a special set of 30 Senturion keys, which are billed as 'the ultimate status symbol for supercar owners', for the Premier League champions. Luiz handed the gifts out to his Chelsea team-mates at the club's Cobham training ground yesterday.

The Brazilian customised his own Senturion key to feature solid 18-carat handcrafted rose gold and 198 black diamonds, and opted to synchronise it with his Mercedes AMG G Wagon.

But he saved the most special thank you for billionaire Abramovich, whose key is described as being forged from a 4.9 billion-year-old meteorite which makes it older than planet Earth.

With the keys capable of syncing with supercars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Bentley, Rolls Royce and McLaren, it remains to be seen whether Footballer of the Year N'Golo Kante can make use of his gift. The midfielderstill drives a Mini to training, much to the amusement of his team-mates and club staff.

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