Exclusive interview with Samuel Umtiti
Earlier this summer, SWM flew to Catalonia for a world exclusive photoshoot and interview with FC Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti at AP House, Audemars Piguet’s boutique space reserved for their most important clients. Located on the luxurious Passeig de Gràcia, AP House features an entertainment area and bar, merging the finest contemporary architecture with jaw-dropping design to immerse clients in the cultural universe of Audemars Piguet.
Since making his breakthrough at Lyon back in 2012, Samuel has enjoyed a hugely successful career in a relatively short period of time winning an impressive 10 trophies at club and international level. And while he admits he could never have imagined achieving so much so soon, he believes a part of his subconscious had always dreamed of playing for the world’s greatest teams in the top competitions.
“When I started playing football I didn’t have any idea of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to play,” says Samuel. “In the first instance, I only wanted to play professionally and that was my main goal, but as I grew up I started to enjoy watching the big teams playing. “I first started watching Barcelona at quite a young age and it became a dream for me to play for them one day.”
Samuel admits that as a world-class athlete, you never lose the desire to compete to the best of your ability. In his eyes, there are so many competitions still to win and one prize.
“It’s no secret that winning the World Cup is the most important achievement in the football world - it’s the top,” “But as a footballer, I am a competitor and there are so many other competitions to win, and every season the objective remains the same; to win as many trophies as possible.
Samuel is one of those sporting superstars who has become known for his sense of style. From contemporary fashion to streetwear, his creative instinct has garnered the attention of fans and fashion enthusiasts all over the world.
“I love fashion and it’s something I’m really interested in,” he says. “I am always searching for new collections, new designers, styles and brands. “I love to be inspired and vary my fashion style on a daily basis, because different things suit different people, so I like to try out new styles and see how well it suits me and my own style.
I really want to help and I am not only talking about financial help, but about time as I think it’s important to give time and presence to people.