Lionel Messi has rewarded Argentina’s World Cup-winning squad by sensationally splashing out £175,000 on 35 inscribed gold iPhones.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, 35, ordered the bespoke devices for every member of Argentina’s 26-man squad with each phone containing the player’s name, squad number and La Albiceleste’s logo adorning three World Cup stars.

Also chipping in for head coach Lionel Scaloni and his backroom staff, Messi had the 24-carat iPhones delivered to his apartment in Paris on Sunday – the same day the PSG icon played a starring role in their 3-0 victory away at title challengers Marseille.

A source told The Sun: “Lionel wanted to do something special and blingy to celebrate his proudest moment. He got in touch with entrepreneur Ben Lyons and they came up with the design together.”

Lyons is the owner and founder of IDESIGN GOLD and has devsied custom iPhones for some of the world’s biggest sporting stars. Conor McGregorKylian Mbappe and Steven Gerrard are all in Lyons’ client book as well as the small matter of Liverpool’s entire 2019 Champions League

Messi has commissioned 35 iPhones to commemorate Argentina's World Cup triumph
Messi has commissioned 35 iPhones to commemorate Argentina’s World Cup triumph (Image: instagram/idesigngold)
LUSAIL CITY, QATAR - DECEMBER 18: Adidas Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi of Argentina kisses the FIFA World Cup Winner's Trophy at the award ceremony following the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar.
Messi was crowned the best player at the World Cup finals (Image: China News Service via Getty Images)

Lyons said: “Lionel is not only the Goat but he’s one of IDESIGN GOLD’s most loyal customers and got in touch with us a couple of months after the World Cup final.

“He said he wanted a special gift for all the players and staff to celebrate the amazing win but didn’t want the usual gift of watches. So, I suggested gold iPhones inscribed with their names and he loved the idea.”

Liverpool players were handed gold iPhones following their Champions League final win over Tottenham
Liverpool players were handed gold iPhones following their Champions League final win over Tottenham (Image: instagram/idesigngold)
Kylian Mbappe is another regular customer of Ben Lyons

Prior to the 2022 finals, the World Cup trophy remained the only accolade to have evaded Messi throughout his glittering career. The closest Argentina had come in previous tournaments was in 2014 but Alejandro Sabella’s side were beaten by Germany in extra time.

Now aged 35 and likely to be his last outing on football’s grandest stage, Messi became the first player to score in every round of the World Cup, hitting seven and claiming the Golden Ball as the silky Argentine rendered himself the undisputed GOAT.