I'm the David Beckham of polo – I have my own fragrance, a supermodel wife and I'm best pals with Prince Harry | The Sun
IGNACIO FIGUERAS has been dubbed the "David Beckham of polo" due to the amazing similarities in their lives.
The polo star, 46, currently co-owns and captains the Black Watch Polo Team, which has won numerous US tournaments.
He was born in Buenos Aires and took up the sport when he was just nine years old.
At the age of 17 he turned professional and started playing in European competitions.
He became the star of the sport and in 2019 Tatler magazine hailed him as the "David Beckham of polo".
But while he stars on horseback, there is a lot more to the Argentine than meets the eye.
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Figueras has branched out by modelling for clothing company Ralph Lauren and has also been featured on multiple TV shows.
He even has his own fragrance collection, which will set people back an eye-watering £223.35 per bottle.
Figueras is also tied to the British monarchy as he is close friends with Prince Harry – and one of his range of perfumes is even named Windsor.
They are believed to have struck up their friendship in 2007, as he became an ambassador for Harry's charity Sentebale which helps people affected by HIV.
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During a 2019 interview on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, he said of Harry: "He is a wonderful man, someone who really cares. He's really committed.
"He really cares about children, and he cares about making the world a better place."
He also went on to praise Harry's wife Meghan Markle by saying she is an "incredible girl".
He added: "She gave up all of the things that she had to marry this man that she loves, which is great.
"And people think oh, how easy it is for you, a girl to go marry this guy.
"But nobody knows all the very hard things that go with this."
Before the interview hit screens, Figueras posted a clip of the interview on his social media pages.
He wrote at the time: "Thank you my friend Ellen for opening the conversation on why love should be the answer when we talk about people that work so hard to make the world a better place.
"I will defend my friends @SussexRoyal with my life because they are making a difference and we should all be supporting and helping instead of attacking. Let's be kind to one another."
Figueras himself has been married since 2005 to Delfina Blaquier, who herself is a daughter of an Argentine polo player.
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Delfina has worked as a model and photographer throughout her career.
The couple have four children together, Hilario, Aurora, Artemio and Alba.
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