ESPN FC reports that Paul Pogba will pay for NBA-style World Cup winning diamond-encrusted rings for France’s World Cup-winning squad.
French FA president Noel Le Graet said on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 that it will pick up the bill of around €10,000 for the transportation of the rings from Los Angeles to Paris.
Though the price of each piece has not been confirmed yet, the rings will be made of 11 carat diamonds with blue sapphires and red rubies.
The idea was sold to the France team by Antoine Griezmann and Pogba, who are both NBA fans and want to emulate the tradition in U.S. sports of having a diamond ring made for each winner of a major title.
According to ESPN FC sources, this created some tension among French players, mostly to do with the financing. In private, some were not keen on paying for it, and others didn’t think that the French federation should get involved in the payment either, while the fans’ reaction also played a factor.
The report says that in July, 2018 Griezmann contacted Jason of Beverly Hills, the Californian jewellers who created the rings for the Golden State Warriors for their 2017 NBA title and the Los Angeles Dodgers for their 2018 MLB win to design the rings.
The French federation could also organise a special ceremony to present the rings to the players.