Adidas’ £12,000 Velvet World Cup Football

We’ve seen some bewildering things in velvet – and I don’t just mean suits. There’s a Lamborghini going around Knightsbridge draped in purple satin and now? Now we have Adidas’ $15,600 Velvet World Cup Football.

This is a world away from Adidas Originals’ painfully cool sneakers or even their bog-standard functional sportswear. There’s nothing function here – and definitely nothing bog-standard.

For one, the deep black velvet has been embroidered with golden thread in patterns that the old Tsars would have fallen in love with. The floral flourishes are then studded with Swarovski crystals because of course they are; it’s as extravagantly Russian as a Faberge egg.

It’s fitting then that this insane, £12,000 commemorative football is only available in Moscow. We’re giving 3 to 1 odds on Messi heading home with one himself. He needs to get a leg-up on Ronaldo somehow; www.adidas.co.uk