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The winner of the World Cup is Apple

Companies pay dearly to sponsor the World Cup. There’s no event more widely watched than soccer’s premier tournament—over 3 billion people tuned in in 2014—and FIFA, the sport’s governing body, is expected to generate around $1.6 billion in revenue from marketing this year’s cup.

But instead of paying to emblazon its logo on match-side billboards, Apple took a different tack—and it may not even have been on purpose.

Players from around the world have been seen wearing Apple’s AirPods wireless earbuds, and Beats headphones, which Apple also owns, before matches, disembarking planes, or even returning to their home countries in defeat.

FIFA has pretty strict rules around what it calls “ambush marketing,” where a brand pays players to wear or use its products before or during World Cup games, even though that company has not paid to be an official World Cup sponsor. It’s why any player you see wearing Beats headphones before a game, for example, has the company’s logo taped over.

But both Beats and AirPods have a distinctive look that is difficult to mask, even with the branding obscured. While covered-up Beats were a big marketing win for Apple at the 2014 World Cup, just months after it had acquired the company, AirPods are a more subtle sell this time around. The minuscule $160 earbuds are one of the few Apple products that don’t have any Apple branding on them at all. But when you see them on a player, it’s almost impossible to mistake them for anything else.

Apple doesn’t break out headphones sales, instead lumping them in a category called “Other products” on its earnings reports, which also includes Apple Watch, iPod, and sales of other accessories. But by all accounts, AirPods have been a success since they were first released in late 2016.

Apple wasn’t immediately available to comment on whether it was working with specific players at the World Cup, although it definitely has worked with soccer players in the past to market its Beats headphones. Perhaps coincidentally, Apple has been running an advertising campaign during the World Cup entitled, “How to shoot Football on iPhone X.”

Here are a few shots of players donning Apple products at this year’s cup:

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, landing in Russia, sported AirPods.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Mexico Arrival - Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow Region, Russia - June 11, 2018 Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa walks upon the arrival. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva - RC1B29B6D0E0
(Reuters/Tatyana Makeyeva)

As did his teammate Javier Hernandez.

Rafael Marquez, center left, Javier Hernandez, center right, and their teammates disembark the plane as the Mexico national soccer team arrive at the Sheremetyevo international airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 11, 2018 to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

German midfielder Julian Draxler also stepped off the plane with Apple earbuds on.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Germany Arrival - Vnukovo International Airport, Moscow, Russia - June 12, 2018   Germany's Julian Draxler as they arrive in Moscow   REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin - RC15CA059720
(Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku preferred a pair of taped-up Beats.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Belgium Arrival - Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Russia - June 13, 2018   Belgium's Romelu Lukaku during the arrival in Moscow   REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva - RC19673CC520
(Reuters/Tatyana Makeyev)

England’s Jesse Lingard showed up for training before the team’s semi-final match in AirPods.

Soccer Football - World Cup - England Arrival - Samara, Russia - July 6, 2018. Jesse Lingard and other team members arrive at a hotel. REUTERS/David Gray - UP1EE7619PPGU
(Reuters/David Gray)

As did his teammates Kyle Walker and Danny Welbeck.

Soccer Football - World Cup - England Arrival - Samara, Russia - July 6, 2018. Kyle Walker and Danny Welbeck walk out of a bus as they arrive at a hotel. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez - UP1EE7616Q2FO
(Reuters/Dylan Martinez)

Although their compatriot Marcus Rashford preferred to wear Beats.

Soccer Football - World Cup - England Arrival - Pulkovo Airport, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 12, 2018   England's Marcus Rashford during their arrival   REUTERS/Anton Vaganov - RC12A62FCE10
(Reuters/Anton Vaganov)

The Argentinian team showed up in a combination of Beats and AirPods, although Lionel Messi, arguably the world’s greatest player, chose to wear nothing.

Lionel Messi, center right, Angel Di Maria, center left, and their teammates disembark the plane as the Argentina national soccer team arrive at Zhukovsky international airport outside Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 9, 2018 to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
(AP Photo/Pavel Golovki)

Similarly, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo only had earrings in his ears, although his teammate donned some AirPods as they disembarked in Russia.

Cristiano Ronaldo, center top, and his teammates disembark the plane as the Portugal national soccer team arrive at Zhukovsky international airport outside Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 9, 2018 to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

After a disappointing showing at the World Cup, Brazilian star Neymar prepared to return home, wearing AirPods.

Brazil's Neymar leaves the hotel to board a bus in his way to the airport Airport in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Brazil lost the quarterfinal against Belgium and leave the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
(AP Photo/Andre Penner)

His teammate Willian, however, seems to be fine with Apple’s more traditional wired earbuds.

Brazil's soccer player Willian enters a plane to depart for the Russia World Cup tournament, at Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
(AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Thanks to reader Martin Soler for first pointing this out to Quartz.

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