Few trends in football are as well established as that of footballers spending outrageous amounts of money on their cars.
The sight of a player driving around in a vehicle worth several hundreds of thousands of pounds – if not far more – is almost as common as fans arguing over a VAR decision.
From Cristiano Ronaldo’s £8.5million Bugatti to Mauro Icardi’s eye-watering £22.3m Rolls-Royce, footballers aren’t afraid to splash their cash on cars.
At the same time, as Stephen Ireland’s extravagant pink wheeled-Range Rover and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fleet of gold cars suggest, taste can leave a lot to be desired.
Here, Mail Sport takes a look at some of the best garages in world football, from the expensive to the aesthetically outrageous and everything in between. The Portuguese superstar is famous for his love of cars and boasts a collection worth a combined £18million.
From a £2m Bugatti Chiron to a £500,000 Ferrari 599 GTO and a McLaren Senna worth £750,000, the 37-year-old is famous for his mega-expensive motors.
His vast array of supercars also comprises two Rolls-Royces: the Cullinan worth £300,000 and the Phantom Drophead coupe, which costs around £500,000.
The former Arsenal and Chelsea striker also boasts quite the collection of cars. While it may not reach Ronaldo’s exorbitant value, Aubameyang’s fleet is worth well over £2million.
The Gabon international owns several Lamborghinis, Porsches, Audis, Aston Martins and Ferraris, including a LaFerrari model. The latter – which, rather unoriginally, means ‘The Ferrari – is the Italian marque’s attempt at building the definitive hybrid sports car and just 499 have been made.
All of them sold out before the car was even made available, with each owner parting with £1m or more to own one. The car bursts with technology borrowed from Ferrari’s Formula One team and its 6.3-litre V12 engine is capable of 950bhp and a top speed of at least 227mph.
While it’s hard to find fault in Aubameyang’s taste for car, the same cannot be said about his aesthetic preferences. Three of his cars are painted gold, while two have psychedelic silver finishes which catch different colours of light from all angles.
The Manchester United striker last month splashed £560,000 on a Rolls-Royce Cullinan Blue Shadow, which is one of only 62 made.
The design of the car is inspired by the Karman Line – the enigmatic boundary above Earth where outer space begins – while the car is sprayed Stardust Blue in order to mimic the halo of the Earth’s upper atmosphere.
A 6.75-litre, twin-turbo charged V12 SUV, its audio system includes 18 speakers. The Blue Shadow is Rashford’s third Rolls-Royce after the Black Badge Wraith and the Black Badge Cullinan, which are worth £700,000 and £390,000 respectively.
The England international’s garage also includes a £280,000 McLaren 765 Long Tail and a £350,000 Lamborghini Urus Performante. The Argentine recently splashed £22.3m on a new Rolls-Royce which, even by a footballer’s standards, is an eye-watering amount of money.
The Boat Tail is the most expensive new car in the world, and just three copies of the model have been produced to date. It is clear that the Boat Tail is no ordinary car, and it takes four years for one to be built by hand.
It is no wonder it takes so long given that 1,813 parts need to be fitted to make it a truly unique vehicle. One wonders whether the Galatasaray striker will dare to drive it through Istanbul’s notoriously bad traffic.
Prices for the car start at £187,920 and rise to around £232,420. A bargain compared to his Lamborghini.Please wait while you are redirected...or Click Here if you do not want to wait.