Football is the biggest sport in the world. With its popularity, world class teams pay the biggest salaries to football superstars. Top players are paid millions per year to bring their game to the best leagues in Europe and South America. Even teams in Asia and the Middle East are fast catching on and paying for world-class quality players. As part of their perks, and also because they can afford it, these players enjoy their earnings and buy the best houses and cars that they want.
Of course, not all football players own expensive cars, if by expensive you mean cars, which are worth upwards of a hundred pounds. However, you have to ask yourself if an entry level 60,000 pound Porsche is expensive enough for a famous footballer. For instance, Djibril Cisse bought an American muscle car, the Plymouth Prowler. This is a car worth $30,000, which is not expensive at all. He could well afford to buy the best car for 35000 and nobody would notice.
There are a few footballers who go for the European SUV experience as they drive a Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, or the Range Rover Sport. Sulley Mantari drives a Mercedes-Benz Brabus G63 AMG 6×6. This is a limited edition Mercedes SUV retrofitted by after sales outfitter AMG with a 6-wheel drive. Stephen Ireland drove a pink Range Rover when he still played for Manchester. Wayne Rooney also drove a Range Rover. Other notable players have a Range Rover Sport, which is a more responsive car on the road. Sports owners include Ryan Giggs, Frank Lampard, Jermain Defoe and Jaimie Carragher. It would seem that due to the number of football players who own this model of car, that it should be considered a “football player’s car.” Fernando Torres drives a Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Thierry Henry has an Audi Q7.
On the other hand, Mario Balotelli drives a bronze Range Rover Evoque. He also drives a Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale as well as a Bentley Continental GT in camouflage colours.
There are those who also like the feel of the big city American suburban van. Thierry Henry also has a Lincoln Navigator, worth $50,000, while not to be outdone, El Hadji Diouf drove a gold-plated Cadillac Escalade. To be fair, Diouf also has a Mercedes-Benz SLR Maclaren in white with blue racing stripes running down the centre. William Gallas has a different opinion of what it should look like, as he had a full chrome plating achieving a mirror-like finish. His lead has since been followed. A gleaming Mercedes SLR Maclaren is not something you cannot notice.
There is no real differentiator for footballers and their cars. Most of those who can afford them, buy expensive models. These range from Rolls Royces, Bentleys, as well Mercedes Benz performance vehicles.
Living the fast life is also something to be expected of these athletes. Supercars are a favourite of elite players.
Retired athlete David Beckham certainly earned a lot of money during his playing days. Besides houses, he also has a stable of high-end cars. He has a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, a Porsche 911 Turbo, an Audi S8, a Cadillac Escalade and a Jeep Wrangler, just to round things off.
For some, supercars are the way to go. The Bugatti Veyron is easily a very expensive vehicle costing up to $1,700,000 and there are a few football players who have one of these. Cristiano Ronaldo has one, and so does Ronaldinho. To be fair, they do have other cars in their respective garages.
Of course other players may not want to splurge that much money, and still, they can turn heads with their supercars. Or more likely, they have supercars or several supercars, as second or third cars. Stephen Ireland also owns an Audi R8 in a white and blue trim. Wayne Rooney, Nani and Robinho all have a Lamborghini Gallardo. Beside the Bugatti Veyron, Cristiano Ronaldo also had a Ferrari 599, which was totalled when he lost control in a tunnel. He survived the crash, but the car was a total wreck. This should demonstrate the safety and survivability of a supercar driver, as well as the need for better driving skills if you want to drive one of these beasts.