Overpaid? Underpaid? Whatever your opinion, there is no denying that athletes make money. With big money comes big purchases. That means the kind of house that can drop jaws and truly flash the extent of their wealth.
For the rest of us, it means we get to gaze and daydream. Some of these celebrities have houses so big, you wonder how they ever make it from one end of the house to the other. So here is a look at the 20 most lavish homes, cribs, and penthouses in sports.
While he may no longer play for Phoenix, that doesn’t mean he can’t live there. In 2009, he purchased a $5.95 million dollar home in Paradise Valley.
How nice is it? It comes equipped with an eight-car garage, heated pool and a spa.
It’s tough to say when Kidd will retire, but with a house like that he’s got to be thinking about it.
Kevin Garnett isn’t just the most intense player on the block. He’s also one of the wealthiest.
His home, purchased in 2007, is a $4.6 million mansion. It’s 8,000 sq. ft. and sprawled out over 13 acres.
That kind of home makes him a Celtic for life.
Manny being Manny apparently means living in the lap of luxury. His Boston penthouse is on the market valued at a cool $8.5 million.
The house includes a concierge, a doorman, a private sports club and six bathrooms.
With a wraparound balcony that over looks Boston, it’s no wonder Manny never wanted to go to work.
You think your rent is bad? Try $37,500. That’s the price New York Knicks star Amare Stoudamire pays for his lavish apartment.
This modest penthouse was once listed at $16.5 million. It’s a five bedroom, 4,500 sq. ft. space with high ceilings and gorgeous views of the river.
They say it’s the best party pad in the city. Hopefully he’ll be hosting a championship party there in the near future.
The league's biggest mouth also has one of the league's biggest homes. His Lithonia, Georgia estate is eight acres, equipped with a two-story Great Room, a gourmet kitchen and an outdoor grilling area.
Any chance he can get a job with the Falcons?
With a house like this, why would you ever leave Denver?
This house is on six acres of land and has everything from a 5,000 bottle wine cellar, to it’s own recording studio.
With marble columns and an amazing swimming pool, it makes us all wonder where he can find that in NYC.
Who said riding a skateboard won’t get you fame and fortune?
Tony Hawk has one of the coolest and most lavish pads around. It features a pool, hoops court and a half pipe.
The real steal is his living room. He has $150,000 worth of gaming equipment and electronics. No doubt the living room is the most popular room in the house.
For David Beckham and his fashionable wife, Posh Spice, nothing but the best will do.
When it comes to their LA home, that’s exactly what they have. The home has nine bathrooms as well as six fireplaces. It features a larger-than-life swimming pool and a fountain that no one can afford.
The price tag?: $22 million. The downside? They have to be neighbors with Tom Cruise. No house is perfect.
The life of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter could be a lot worse.
First an endless stream of breathtaking beauties and a $20 million condo to go with it.
The condo features 5.5 bathrooms and an escape pod. That’s right, an escape pod. And when it’s time to relax, the house is equipped with a Crestron audio/visual system.
Jeter has recently put the bachelor pad on the block. Somehow it seems hard to believe that Jeter would have trouble selling his 88th floor apartment in the Trump World Tower.
Being married to a Kardashian means living in only the best homes.
Lamar Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian purchased a $4 million home in Tarzana, California.
The house, featured on E!’s Keeping up with the Kardashian’s, has a waterfall, a cabana, home theater, steam room and a gym.
All that and visits from Kim Kardashian. What could be better than that?
The league's most dominant center rewarded himself for his efforts with an $8 million home in Longwood, Fla.
This amazing home has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 30 golden travertine arches in the courtyard.
With his contract expiring in 2012, it makes you wonder why he’d travel far from this palace.
Just because Lebron has a lavish new home doesn’t mean he has to be the only one.
Good buddy and teammate Dwyane Wade just nabbed himself a $10 million estate. It comes with a basketball court, wet bar, cabana and an air-conditioned dog house.
The man who runs Miami has the house to prove it.
Shaq’s Miami Beach home is nothing short of impressive.
It comes equipped with eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a six-car garage. Even if you get lost in this 16,900 sq. ft. palace, you might stumble over to the pool, racquetball courts or the indoor gym.
With homes like these, it’s no wonder people are taking their talents to South Beach.
He might be the lesser of the Miami Thrice, but his house stacks up just as well.
This $12.5 million home features 20-foot ceilings, a gym, elevator and an infinity pool.
Now the only question is will he have championships to bring home?
His home in Orange County is the type financed by championships.
It comes with a 16,000 sq. ft. house and a modest 2,000 sq. ft. guest house. It has a theater to go with its 13.5 baths and a tropical garden.
Let’s just not compare his home to Jordan's.
While he might not own the court any more, Jordan is still larger than life in the real estate market.
Air Jordan himself just purchased a $12.4 million dollar home in “The Bears Club” in Jupiter, Florida.
The house, in a community designed by Jack Nicklaus, features 11 bedrooms, a media center and a private basketball court. It's also on a golf course.
The G.O.A.T has everything he needs, including the perfect home.
The King relocated to South Beach in infamous fashion during the summer, and purchased a home fit for royalty.
Located in Coral Gables, King James’ estate will feature 11 baths over two stories and a 12 camera security system.
Maybe leaving Cleveland was a mistake, but snagging this Miami palace is never a mistake.
To the victor go the spoils. He’s got the hottest supermodel in the world and now he’s about to add the sickest house to his kingdom.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen are in the process of building a sprawling 22,000 sq. ft. home in California.
The house features a nursey, lagoon pool, weight room and cardio room to keep them both in shape.
The home comes equipped with everything, including the perfect life.
While it hasn’t been a banner year for Tiger, he does have the luxury of knowing he can take refuge in his insanely-nice $50 million dollar home.
The house, which has actually had $15 million in renovations, features a tee box and four different greens.
And that perk doesn’t even include the 6,400 sq. ft. gym that has a glass-covered walkway and an elevator. Why not?
With a house like this, things are bound to look up for Tiger.
The game's great Super Bowl quarterback also has the game's greatest home.
Valued at $49 million, this house, located in California’s wine country, has everything you could want.
The list is endless: a horse barn, a bell tower, a 16th-century marble bathtub, a gym, a skeetshooting range. Should I continue?
With a swimming pool, basketball court and pond. It makes you wonder how much this guy made during the 1980s!