As the World Cup starts to heat up, we take a look at what’s in the garage of the world’s greatest players.
Ever wondered what the world’s best footballers drive when they’re at home? Do the Poms possess car collections to make even Clarkson envious? Are the Aussies getting around in Commodores or Camrys? Do rich-kids Rooney and Ronaldo have one car from every single country in the world?
Well, get ready to don a green jersey – because this list of some of the World Cup star’s cars is bound to make you envious. Cristiano Ronaldo is undeniably one of the hottest football stars on the planet at the moment (whether you ask a football enthusiast or a teenage girl).
The Portugal representative is just 25 years old, and is currently the highest paid player in the world – he’s been reported to be on a salary of more than $200,000 a week. He’s not afraid to splash his cash on cars.
// His personal garage – which has enough top-end (not to mention top-dollar) offerings to be the envy of any luxury used car dealer – reportedly includes two Porsche Cayennes, a Bentley Continental GT Speed, an Audi RS6 and R8, as well as a BMW X5.
If that’s not enough to make you salivate, Ronaldo also has a Bugatti Veyron on order; it’s officially the world’s fastest car, with a top speed of 407km/h from its 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine. And until early this year he also owned a Ferrari 599 GTB, before crashing it in a tunnel in England.
Speaking of England, some of their best known players are known for being serious car enthusiasts – but their tastes don’t seem to vary much.
Two of the big name players for the England squad – young gun Wayne Rooney and team captain Stephen Gerrard – each have a home-grown Aston Martin Vanquish and a Bentley Continental, as well as the seemingly-staple Range Rover four-wheel-drive.
Ah, how very British … well, apart from the fact that Bentley is owned by German powerhouse Volkswagen, and Range Rover is owned by Indian company Tata.
Gerrard reportedly has a few extra cars to choose from, too, including a Porsche 911 Turbo, Mercedes-Benz SLK and a BMW X5.
Rooney’s garage has been more like a parking lot over the past few years, with about 20 cars coming and going.
He’s currently believed to be in possession of a BMW M6 and a Lamborghini Gallardo, as well as a very expensive Mercedes McLaren SLR. He might still have his first car, a Ford Ka (which worked out to be worth about 4 days wages for him).
England defender Ashley Cole has been spotted piloting a Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, while his ex-wife, singer Cheryl Cole, recently put her Audi R8 up for sale after her husband was caught in the, er, penalty box.
Just across the water, Frenchman Franck Ribéry has had a bit of a chequered past with cars (the notable scar on his face was caused by a crash), but his daily drive is a sponsored car from Audi (as with all of Real Madrid’s players).
Fellow French rep Claude Makelele is also collecting some serious automobiles, including a $1m Mercedes McLaren SLR, along with a Ferrari 360 and a Mercedes-Benz AMG SL65 convertible. No Citroens, Renaults, or Peugeots, then? Surprise, surprise.
Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba also owns a Mercedes McLaren SLR, but unlike France’s Makelele, Drogba’s is a drop-top.
Argentinean superstar Lionel Messi likes to roll in luxury – he apparently owns a handful of cars, including a Lexus four-wheel-drive, a late model Maserati, an Audi Q7 and a Ferrari F430 Spyder (no doubt he’s awaiting the upcoming 458 Spyder that will replace it). He also has an orange Dodge Charger SRT8. Although Messi doesn’t own a Chinese car, he is the face of one of Chery’s offerings in that country – ironically, the car is named the Riich.
And while we may be out of the Cup, some of our Socceroos stars also fare well in the supercar stakes. Aussie striker Tim Cahill is said to have a $2 million Bugatti Veyron in his garage alongside a couple of other pricey models.
Less lucky is fellow Socceroo Harry Kewell – and no, we’re not talking about that red card – Kewell’s wife recently wrote off his $400,000 Bentley. Ouch.
If you were a soccer superstar and money was no object, what would you drive?