The Argentinian Ignacio Figueras (known as Nacho) is perhaps one of the top players in the world, but he has earned a few other references to his name, from mannequin to philanthropist and is a good friend of the British Royals.
The 42-year-old professional polo player, with a 6-goal handicap and an estimated power of $ 30 million, has been modeling for Ralph Lauren since 2000 and recently became the face of the entire Polo scent line of the label.
But modeling was never the goal of the athlete, who started his career just to make some extra money and pay more attention to his beloved sport. It all started when he was approached by photographer Bruce Weber at a party in The Hamptons hosted by Calvin Klein & # 39; s ex-wife Kelly, who encouraged him to get started modeling.
Make a pose: Nacho recently traveled to Rome, Italy, before joining the Sentebale police agency, which is co-founder of Prince Harry; shown in November 2018
Although that way of his career has introduced his objectively handsome face into everyday homes through glossy fashion magazines and TV commercials, the polo game has always been his true passion.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he started playing the game at the ripe age of 9 years old after his father introduced him to the sport. He became a professional polo player by the time he was only 17. After a stint in Europe, he joined the White Birch Polo Team in Bridgehampton, New York.
But Nacho & # 39; s love for both polo and investing in charity work is what ultimately led him to his most famous relationship. He and Prince Harry share a number of common interests, one of which is of course polo. The couple played side by side in charity competitions for the past decade, eventually making them friends.
Score! Nacho congratulates Prince Harry after scoring during the Sentebale Handa Polo Cup charity competition in Rome; shown May 2019
Charity Polo: Nacho Figueras holds the trophy after the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, which helps raise funds to support children and young adults affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana; shown June 2017
Both Prince Harry and Nacho played earlier this year in the charity competition of Sentebale in Rome to raise money for Sentebale, an organization co-founded by Prince Harry that supports children and young people affected by HIV in South Africa. Nacho shared that he even met the newest member of the royal family in London before the game, Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, if that is an indication of how close the two are.
Nacho has been an avid supporter and defender of Prince Harry and has even accepted it Instagram in May to prove and declare his loyalty to his friend: & The world thinks they know everything about this man. I have had the good fortune to spend enough time over the years to understand the man he really is. & # 39; He further describes the prince as kind, generous, compassionate and constantly thinking about how to make the world a better place.
The polo star even spoke to the press Sentebale polo competition about Harry & # 39; s newest role he played: one as a father. He said he always knew Harry would be a great father & # 39; because he has a great affinity with children & # 39; and that he & # 39; very, very happy & # 39; seems.
Nacho not only thinks Meghan and the prince are meant for each other, he is & # 39; convinced & # 39; that the two have found each other & # 39;to change the world& # 39;
Dear friends: Nacho and Prince Harry at the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup 2018, with Meghan Markle and Delfina after them; shown in July 2018
Support from Harry: Nacho Figueras and Delfina Blaquier attend the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Rome, a charity co-founded by the prince; shown in May 2019
In addition to forming a special friendship with Prince Harry, the polo game also brought him to his wife Delfina Blaquier, the daughter of an Argentinian polo player. The couple met appropriately during a polo match in Buenos Aires in 1997. They started dating in early 1998 and welcomed their first son in 2000, and married in December 2005. The couple now has four children together: Hilario, 19; Aurora, 14; Artemo, 9; and Alba, 6.
Wedding bells! Nacho Figueras and Delfina Blaquier married on December 15, 2005 and are as close as ever
Raise a glass: Nacho and Delfina recently attended the 12th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey; shown in June
Selfie time: The set of glams for the Sports Legends Dinner in support of the Buoniconti Fund to cure paralysis; shown September 2018
Delfina also grew up in Buenos Aires and was born into a polo family, her father was a professional in sports. She went to college and graduated in landscape design before becoming a professional model and photographer.
But she is not only the wife of the most famous polo player in the world. She is an emerging fashion designer and co-founder of Evcheval Pampa, a label that was introduced at Paris Fashion Week AW18. The designs are inspired by its Argentinean origins and achieve an elevated gaucho style, an equestrian fashion from South American cowboys.
When in Rome: Delfina poses on a spacious staircase in the St. Regis Hotel and shows off one of the recent designs of her brand; pictured in May
Famous friends: the couple with tennis star Maria Sharapova and Alexander Gilkes at the celebration of Ralph Lauren 50 in Central Park; shown in 2018
If she is not busy taking care of her fashion brand and family affairs, she spends time on it We are Figueras, a fashion and lifestyle blog that she created to share her family's travels. She writes that what our world defines is our nomadic life that follows passion: horses, polo and doing our best to keep our family together & # 39 ;. Look through the blog or any of the couple's Instagram profiles and you will discover all the glamorous, beautiful places that the family travels to, sometimes even through a private jet.
Up and away! The family often opts for private jets for their journeys; pictured in July from Santa Barbara, California, to Aspen, Colorado
Ski trip: the family of six poses for a photo on top of a ski lift during one of their vacations in Aspen; shown in December 2018
Although Nacho is certainly a family man, that does not prevent him from investing his time in another passion he has: his horses. The family owns one 30 hectare farm outside of Buenos Aires, with a stable for more than 40 world-class polo horses. The stables have recently been redesigned by Argentine architect Juan Ignacio Ramos, who completed the 38,750 square meter building in a hill complete with a grass-covered roof where the horses can graze. The personal home of the family is only a five minute walk from the stables.
Happy Easter: The Figueras posed for a family photo during the Easter weekend in the family stables; shown April 2019
It's in the family: the Figueras family, missing the oldest Hilario, rides horses in their stables outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina; shown February 2018
Unlikely friends: Nacho hung together with Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, in his stables in Argentina after the last day of his tour with 115 shows
Although the couple is engaged in polo competitions, horse breeding, modeling and running their own business, they still find time to attend some of the biggest events. Given the close friendship between Nacho and the prince, it was no surprise that they were among the few who visited perhaps one of the most exclusive events of the decade: the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The couple may have been overshadowed by stars such as singer Ellie Goulding, David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John and Oprah Winfrey at the event, but their presence confirms how much their friendship is appreciated by the royal couple.
A royal affair: the couple posed in the St. George Chapel to celebrate Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle, their close friends; shown May 2018
Friends in high places: the couple attended the Windsor Cup in Florida for the Michael J. Fox Foundation; shown in February 2018 with Salvatore and Tini Ferragamo and businessman Galen Weston, owner of the British luxury retailer Selfridges
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