30 Most Amazing Cars Owned by Footballers

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 3, 2014

30 Most Amazing Cars Owned by Footballers

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    Living the high life as a professional footballer certainly has its benefits, one of those being the vast car collections that one can stack up should your wages be astronomical enough.

    As we'll discover ahead, there is a certain class of footballer that separates itself from the rest, an upper tier of motorhead that can afford the very best of what there is to offer on four wheels.

    As one can imagine, some players tend to invest in the same gas guzzlers, in which case we've cherry picked just one driver of said make or model, and some players' collections are so voluminous that we've had to omit plenty of candidates.

    A bigger price tag doesn't mean a higher rank in this list, where aesthetic features are the most prominent factors taken into consideration. Performance and overall prestige were factored in as well. All car values come as estimates and without customisation costs accounted for.

30. Cristiano Ronaldo, Ferrari LaFerrari

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    Value: £2 million

    As if Cristiano Ronaldo's new five-year, £288,000-a-week deal with Real Madrid wasn't outrageous enough, the Portuguese talisman has supposedly seen fit to splash a significant chunk of that on Ferrari's special edition 2014 LaFerrari.

    The reason Ronaldo's newest ride doesn't make it higher in our standings is because there's yet to be official word on whether or not he is one of those lucky enough to get his hands on one of the 499 made.

    Digital Trends reported in January that the first "used" 2014 LaFerrari had been put up for sale at a fee of no less than $3.2 million, showing just what kind of hierarchy one has to be in to afford such an automobile.

    Should any official reports announce Ronaldo's purchase, he could well find himself zipping to the top of future charts, but until then, he sits as little more than an honourable mention.

29. Djibril Cisse, Plymouth Prowler

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    Value: £28,000 

    Something of a love-or-hate selection on this list, we've chosen to give Djibril Cisse the benefit of the doubt with his Plymouth Prowler.

    As one can see further on in our countdown, the Frenchman has a fond love for cars and some of their more obscure designs, of which the Prowler's bug-eyed look surely qualifies.

    Footballers Cars show Cisse with one of his more price-friendly options, although a number of more expensive garage entries lie ahead.

28. Bacary Sagna, Pink Range Rover Sport

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    Value: £80,000

    The Range Rover Sport is the car of choice for many a Premier League footballer, and Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna is one of those who have gotten in on the act.

    As the attached video shows, Sagna's wife is the one for whom a baby pink edition of the vehicle is customised, complete with black rims and interior, which makes for an awfully good cover-up so that he can get his hands on the ride he's always wanted.

27. Kemy Agustien, Baby Blue Mercedes C63 AMG

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    Value: £65,000

    From baby pink to baby blue, Brighton and Hove Albion's Kemy Agustien got further in touch with his own childish side when he ordered for his Mercedes C63 AMG to be given a new look.

    The German manufacturers are ever a popular choice among the wealthy, and whether it's in coupe or saloon style, this particular model oozes class—Agustien just chose to add a less serious touch to his.

    The Dutchman, like so many before him, has shown that he's a fan of flash, and while the overall colour scheme applied to his car may have made it worse for some, nobody can take away marks for at least being different.

26. Lionel Messi, Dodge Charger SRT8

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    Value: £29,000

    How surprising is it that arguably the greatest player of our generation should go about his daily business in a car that doesn't necessarily reach the speeds or look as attractive as others on this list but, more than anything, gets the job done?

    Well, when Lionel Messi is the player in question, it's not all that surprising.

    The Barcelona superstar possesses a bounty of high-profile engines, but his Dodge Charger SRT8 is undoubtedly the most modest choice, all the while being a perfectly reliable machine that perhaps doesn't get its dues as an American creation.

25. Jermaine Pennant, Chrome Aston Martin DBS

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    Value: £120,000 (used)

    Currently without a club, there might be a side of Jermaine Pennant that regrets spending quite so much on what's one of the loudest paint jobs available.

    As the Daily Mail's Georgina Littlejohn reported back in November 2011, the former Stoke City winger got his Aston Martin DBS chromed out to its utmost, a tactic that works on few cars but is pulled off to some use on this occasion.

    Aside from all the bells and whistles, Aston Martin's successor to the Vanquish was a quality GT car when it first arrived on the scene, with Pennant's "upgrades" making it more controversial to the eye.

24. Wojciech Szczesny, Matte Black Porsche Cayenne

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    Value: £90,000

    Matte paint jobs aren't a favourite for everyone, but Wojciech Szczesny enlists the same help used by the aforementioned Sagan and Agustien to add a less glossy touch to his Porsche Cayenne.

    The Arsenal stopper isn't about tricks or flair when playing on the pitch, so it seems befitting that his wheels of choice have a similar no-frills feel.

23. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lime Green Aston Martin DB9

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    Value: £100,000

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Saint-Etienne past come through in his choice of car, choosing to deck out an Aston Martin DB9 from head-to-toe in lime green wrapping.

    Tacky? Maybe. But gaudy doesn't always equate to a bad car as some might suggest, and the Borussia Dortmund attacker has done nothing if not at least pull attention in his direction.

    It's not totally clear in the attached video whether or not Aubameyang was the individual driving when the DB9 presumably had to pull over due to damage, but it at least looked pretty nippy for all of four seconds. 

22. Carlos Tevez, Hummer H2

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    Value: £30,000

    They say that big things come in small packages, but in this case, small things come in big packages, with Carlos Tevez absolutely dwarfed by his Hummer H2.

    Upon infamously taking a self-imposed sabbatical from his Manchester City commitments in 2011 and 2012, the South American returned to the Etihad Stadium in his American big rig.

    It may not be subtle, but most of us wouldn't pass up the opportunity to drive one—albeit as long as we didn't have to foot the diesel bill.

21. Steven Gerrard, Jaguar XKR Convertible

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    Value: £105,000

    Jaguar is one of the few remaining bastions of what was one once a hugely respected generation of British car manufacturers, so it feels right that one of England's seasoned veterans flies their flag in his day-to-day life.

    Steven Gerrard's XKR convertible is no cheap option at more than £100,000, but the Liverpool general has built up a respectable enough empire over the last 15 years to warrant a little self-indulgence.

20. Ashley Cole, Mercedes SL63 AMG

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    Value: £111,000

    Ashley Cole has never been one to shy away from the limelight, so purchasing the beast that is the Mercedes SL63 AMG wasn't entirely unpredictable for the Chelsea full-back.

    Cole's German cruiser can reach 62 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds and boasts 564 in horsepower at its very fastest, meaning he'll need some excuses to head outside of his West London headquarters to really open her up.

    Something tells us finding those excuses won't be hard for the defender, out of contract this summer.

19. Carlos Tevez, Porsche Panamera

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    Value: £95,000

    Porsche would appear to be almost a thing of the past among footballers these days, but the Panamera remains something of a popular choice.

    Tevez saw his model of the roadster confiscated during his Manchester City days for a driving offence, but it's the streets of Turin that now welcome his antics following last summer's switch to Juventus.

    Tevez's commitment in terms of whom he plays for may have been questioned in the past, but the Argentine international has at least remained true to his vehicle for some years now.

18. Arda Turan, Ferrari 458

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    Value: £170,000

    What better way is there to live than by cruising through the Spanish scenery, top down, wind whipping through one's Turkish locks in some of the finest machinery that Ferrari has to offer?

    Well, that's the reality for Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan, who since moving to La Liga from Galatasaray, has made a very understandable upgrade in his garage.

    Speaking to Oguz Ozturk and Esra Karagoz of Goal.com in January, Turan commented that he doesn't "really love" cars. We'd love to see just how much he'd be spending on his work commute if he did have a passion.

17. Djibril Cisse, Custom Dodge Ram Van

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    Value: Unknown

    Love it or hate it, there's really nothing else to do other than admire a mode of transport as unique as this, with Djibril Cisse taking something of an A-Team twist with his otherwise mundane Dodge Ram van.

    Taking the flat, grey number on MTV's Pimp My Ride International, Cisse was pleased to discover his van had been kitted out with televisions, an audacious sound system and plenty of memorabilia from his career.

    It also has some really nifty red racing stripes.

16. Djibril Cisse, Snakeskin Interior Cadillac Escalade

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    Value: £50,000

    The Escalade is a car more favoured on American shores, but as we stick with the Cisse theme, it's no surprise that he is one of those who have brought the model across the pond.

    Adding a matte black facade to the exterior and touching the interior up with an outrageous snakeskin design, the Bastia striker once again shows his creative stripes, as opposed to the leopard print tattooed on his skin.

15. Wayne Rooney, Bentley Continental

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    Value: £151,000

    With a five-second 0-60 mph time and more than 550 brake horsepower, the Bentley Continental may look like a bit of a soft touch, but it certainly doesn't perform like one.

    It's for that reason that the Premier League's best and brightest have chose to invest in the machine, with David Silva and Gael Clichy just two of those following the lead of Manchester United enemy Wayne Rooney in purchasing one.

    As we'll find out further on, the Continental is far from the extent of Rooney's garage, but it is one of the finer options among his toys.

14. David Alaba, Audi R8 GT Special Edition

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    Value: £142,000

    When he's not cruising down the Autobahn singing along to the lyrics of Justin Bieber, David Alaba is capable of looking far, far cooler in his Audi R8 GT.

    Other than being a visually appeasing creation, Audi's GT version of the much-lauded R8 is a performance dream, topping out at 552 bhp and driving with the same ease as any other fine construction the German manufacturer has churned out in recent years.

13. Cristiano Ronaldo, Chrome Bugatti Veyron

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    Value: £1.1 million

    In some parameters, the Bugatti Veyron is considered the fastest production car ever made, with its SuperSport edition—selling for a cool £1.7 million—reaching speeds of more than 250 mph and going from 0-60 mph in little more than two seconds.

    That seems just about the right level of extravagance for Cristiano Ronaldo to be one of the very, very few footballers in the world who owns one.

    In 2008, the then Manchester United forward took part in a foot race with a Veyron as part of a Nike advertising campaign and supposedly won.

    We'll let you be the judges.

12. Wayne Rooney, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

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    Value: £160,000

    No rundown of the football world's finest cars would be complete without a couple of Lamborghini's thrown in for good measure, and it's Rooney that boasts ownership of the first entrant.

    Manchester United teammate Nani also has a similar model to offer some competition at Old Trafford, but this season hasn't given the winger as much reason to be quite as happy when coming into work.

    Rooney's Gallardo is an animal, hiding a V10 engine under the hood and stamping 552 brake horsepower down to go along with it, showing that it's far from just a pretty face.

11. Petr Cech, Chevrolet Camaro

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    Value: £40,000

    Like the Escalade, Chevrolet's Camaro is a car not too well known on British shores, but Petr Cech and a couple of other Premier League names are bringing an American touch to these lands.

    The Chelsea goalkeeper is known as something of a petrol head, with the likes of Nani, Alex Buttner, Tom Huddlestone and Cheick Tiote also investing in this particular ride.

    A classic model from the States, it also doesn't hurt the Camaro's chances in that it's played the role of a Transformer in the past.

10. Mario Balotelli, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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    Value: £240,000

    Now we're getting down to the rarer pieces, and there aren't many in the football world who have yet got their hands on Ferrari's F12 Berlinetta.

    However, it's not too much of a shock to see that the glitzy frame of Mario Balotelli was one of the first to get his hands on the steering wheel, with GTSpirit capturing the striker entering his new purchase while in Milan.

    Lighter, faster and certainly more expensive than just about anything road-based that Ferrari have produced in the past, the Berlinetta maxes out at 730 brake horsepower, which is dangerous ammunition in the wrong hands.

9. Djibril Cisse, Rolls Royce Ghost

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    Value: £180,000

    One final mention for the car enthusiast that is Djibril Cisse, who decided to ignore the steep price tag of his Rolls Royce Ghost and apply some innovative additions all the same.

    Again, a matte black look is given to what's usually looked upon as something of a stiff model, with a much more casual edge thrown into the mix as a result of the colour layers.

8. Rio Ferdinand, Bentley Arnage

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    Value: £190,000

    A car for the football elite if ever there was one, the Bentley Arnage is money incarnate, taking more than 450 man hours just to build one.

    It guzzles fuel for fun and there's no room for muddy trainers on this interior, but as long as cash isn't the issue, it's a beautiful example of exactly that which Bentley do best.

    Rio Ferdinand and David Beckham are known fans of the brand, but it's the former who gets more publicity for his driving on English roads these days.

7. Samuel Eto'o, Aston Martin V12 Zagato

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    Value: £396,000

    As the name suggests, Aston Martin's V12 Zagato carries with it a V12 engine that, while sounding awfully intimidating, isn't quite up to the level of some of its competitors, reaching a top speed at 510 bhp.

    Samuel Eto'o's collection was recently improved quite drastically by the Zagato's introduction, which serves in playing the role of a modernised Vantage, Aston Martin's earlier innovation.

6. David Beckham, Rolls Royce Phantom

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    Value: £300,000

    The jewel of David Beckham's thriving mess of mechanical brilliance is a Rolls Royce Phantom that once again reinforces the fashion icon's image as a figure of class and guile.

    Admittedly, we're making an exception for the soon-to-be owner of Miami's first Major League Soccer franchise, per BBC Sport, but so dazzling is his car collection that it would feel like a crime to leave him out entirely.

5. Francesco Totti, Ferrari 599 GTO

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    Value: £305,000

    As mentioned earlier, the Ferrari Berlinetta has seen to it that any Ferraris before it have been blown out of the water in terms of speed and power, but there's a lot more to the car world than those attributes alone.

    And who would know more about the old school than Francesco Totti, who would undoubtedly take some pleasure in knowing that his Ferrari 599 GTO trumps the newer, supposedly better release.

    And as for rarity, there were only a certain amount of Totti's toy made. Hint: The clue is in the title.

4. Samuel Eto'o, Aston Martin One-77

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    Value: £1.175 million

    Eto'o delivered a masterstroke in plotting a course of moves across his career through clubs like Barcelona, Inter, Anzhi Makhachkala and Chelsea, which have allowed him to spend inordinate sums of money on cars.

    The most expensive piece in his gallery is now an Aston Martin One-77, and you guessed it—only 77 were made in total, showing precisely why it was quite so pricey.

    Granted, the striker may not be able to make much use of the 220 mph-capacity engine in his West London surroundings, but it's still very nice to look at.

3. Lionel Messi, Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

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    Value: £110,000

    Of anything Maserati currently have to offer, the GranTurismo MC Stradale is by some way the most attractive tool among their ranks, and it's not difficult to see why.

    Obviously a fan of the finer things in life, Messi took up the option of spending big on one for himself, and while she may not kick like a Veyron, there's no debating the sheer beauty of this invention.

    White cars on dusty Catalan streets may not be the most logical mix, but something tells us Messi can afford to get his car washed at least once a week.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Matte Black Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

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    Value: £289,000

    There aren't many things sleeker to have come out of Italy than the Lamborghini Aventador, save for Andrea Pirlo's hair fresh after a deep lather and Balotelli's sneaking skills when slipping his way out of trouble.

    Unlike the Gallardo, the Aventador has a much more feminine quality to it, and while Rooney takes governance over the former, it's befitting that Ronaldo takes the latter as his own.

    Emily Sheridan of the Daily Mail reported in 2012 that the Real Madrid man had crashed his matte black Aventador and had to watch as it was towed away, but to the best of our knowledge, Ronaldo still has the keys to one in his collection.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ferrari Enzo

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    Value: £750,000

    If the aforementioned LaFerrari was rare after having 499 units produced, then the Ferrari Enzo is something to behold, too, considering there are only 399 left in the world.

    One of those is under the watchful eye of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose collection is understood to have more than one model of the Italian brand among its number.

    The Paris Saint-Germain striker is obviously educated in his taste, with the Enzo not necessarily the newest model on the market, but it's undoubtedly one of its best.

    Speed, power, guile and a knack for the unexpected; they do say a driver matches their car, after all.