Thousand dollar gift: Lebron buys 40,000 watch for Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho seems to have been given the perfect gift by NBA star LeBron James, a dazzling watch thought to be worth around £40,000.

The Brazilian footballer, now plying his trade with Queretaro in Mexico after stints with Barcelona and AC Milan, said thanks to the Cleveland Cavaliers small forward on Instagram while posing with the Audemars Piguet watch.

It is part of a limited edition of 600 designed by James, and is said to popular model with Premier League footballers.

Mark Blowers of Ian Blowers Jewellers in Hull, said: ‘If you can find one, these have sold above retail in excess of £40,000 due to demand, It is a popular model amongst the Premier League football fraternity where Lebron James has a strong following’. 

The 18-carat watch also features a scratch-resistant sapphire glass, while the LBJ signature is printed in blue.

It is described by Audemars Piguet as ‘an iconic watch for a legendary athlete’. They add: It is in the constant striving for perfection personified in his life both on and off the court that LeBron James sees the deepest connection between himself and Audemars Piguet. 

‘This model is a celebration of James’ outstanding achievements to date.’

It was released in November 2013 but Ronaldinho still appeared to be delighted, posting on social media site Instagram: ‘I loved this gift! Limited series watch from my bro LeBron James. Thanks, my friend!’

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