Every budding athlete has dreams of making it big in their chosen sport. Those who succeed are rewarded with a lot of money and the potential to earn substantially more cash in the future. With massive contracts and outlandish signing bonuses, many athletes can afford to indulge in their obsessions. Aside from palatial mansions, flashy bling, and hot spouses, many athletes love the “new car” smell. It seems that nearly every day, a rich athlete is buying an expensive new car and proudly posting pictures of their new buy on Instagram or Facebook. The competitive nature of athletes rises when it comes to their cars. It has almost become customary for MLB players to outdo each other in their flashy new cars when they report to spring training. Some players even debut two or three cars. Oh, what fun to be rich!!
For the regular Joe, decisions such as choosing between buying a sports car or an SUV is a complex task. It’s not as tough for the rich athlete who can shrug indifferently and get both. The only tough decision facing the athlete is choosing which car to drive to practice in. These athletes need to be cautious. History is rife with examples of rich athletes overspending themselves into bankruptcy. Nobody wants to see their $300,000 car turn into a 1982 Ford Escort with balding tires. Free-spending athletes need to remember that they are merely millionaires and not billionaires.
In recognition of the people who are able to afford expensive toys, here are the 20 most expensive athlete cars bought in the past year.
14 Rafael Nadal's Mercedes AMG GT S - $129,900
Sometimes endorsements and sponsorship's don’t mix. An example of this would be at the Mercedes-Benz sponsored Stuttgart Open when Rafael Nadal, who has endorsed KIA for many years, was awarded a brand new “tennis ball yellow” Mercedes AMG GT S for his victory. Despite the Mercedes’ 4.0-liter, 503 hp V8 engine and its ability to reach 193 mph, Nadal was probably hoping to win a new KIA. He awkwardly posed for photos and was careful with his words when discussing his prize. He told the press “It’s not a KIA, but it’s still good.”
Maybe he should stick with KIA sponsored events. Or, simply stop winning.
13 Yoan Moncada's BMW i8 - $185,000
Young Boston Red Sox infeilder Yoan Moncada recently spent part of his $31.5 million signing bonus on a glow-in-the-dark Avorza BMW i8. This luxury sports car was painted Silk Black with red metallic trim and spent $45,000 to make the car glow.
These hybrid cars switch from gas-fueled to electric depending on the traffic. It takes 2 ½ hours to fully charge the lithium batteries.
The sporty interior boasts heated leather seats, the latest in anti-theft systems and a Harman Kardon audio system with a 360-watt amplifier. Yoan is a car enthusiast with a lot of money to spend, so we should be watching for his next purchase.
12 T9. Cristiano Ronaldo's Porsche 911 S - $200,000
Ronaldo recently lost the bidding war on a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti at a Paris auction. The winning bid, made by Lionel Messi, was approximately $36 million US. Ronaldo decided he would buy a new Porsche 911 S instead. The Porsche’s turbocharged 3.6-liter Boxer-6 rear engine kicks 580 horsepower and hit a top track speed of 205 mph. It can go from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
The Porsche 911 S offers plenty leg room in the front, adjustable leather seats, and an abundance of high-tech electronics. Like Ronaldo, the Porsche 911 S is a classic that continues to perform.
11 T9. Reggie Bush's Bentley Flying Spur - $200,000
It must be nice to be Reggie Bush. Heck, it must be nice to be his mother. The San Francisco 49er running back just bought his mom a $200,000 Bentley Flying Spur for her 50th birthday. What a great son and what a fantastic car. The Flying Spur is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 engine that can take Reggie’s mother to speeds up to 200 mph. The 7-speed Bentley comes fitted with an entertainment system with 10-inch screens mounted into the backside of the front seats. There is also the most up-to-date navigation system and on board WiFi. Reggie definitely goes all out for his mom.
10 T9. David Beckham's Jaguar F-Type Project 7 - $200,000
David Beckham’s has had a legendary career both on and off the field. He has amassed a staggering net worth of over $350 million and he continues adding to it in his life after pro soccer. David has many expensive hobbies and one of those is collecting cars. He has an extensive collection of Rolls-Royces, Lamborghini’s, Porsches and many other costly treasures. One of his most recent additions is a Jaguar F-Type Project 7 which had its production limited to 250 cars. The price tag approaches $200,000 and while a 5.0-liter V8 engine might seem quite reserved, the F-Type Project 7 can go 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and zip along at 186 mph.
9 Neymar's Ferrari 458 Spyder - $285,000
Young Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar has earned himself a healthy fortune on the soccer pitch and he is a safe bet to amass much more wealth in the years to come. Like most rich athletes, Neymar likes to make tracks in style. His latest vehicle of choice is his new Ferrari 458 Spyder, which set him back about $285,000. The steep price shouldn’t affect his pocketbook too badly, considering how much he makes annually.
The lightweight Ferrari 458 Spyder has a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that allows Neymar to reach a speed of 199 mph. His car zooms to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds which is about as fast a Neymar’s career has taken off.
8 Pablo Sandoval's Rolls-Royce Ghost - $325,000
He’s a large guy and he likes to live large. Pablo Sandoval recently drove his Porsche Panamera to a dealership and left the lot in a $325,000 2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost. The Ghost is a luxury vehicle but it also possesses a 6.6-liter, eight-speed automatic twin-turbocharged V-12 that can take this 5,500-pound whale from 0-60 mph in about 4.8 seconds. It had the latest and best new technology such as navigation systems, WiFi hotspot, and Rolls-Royce’s in-house developed audio system. From the comfort of his rich leather seats, Pablo can relax and enjoy a pleasant drive home after he’s gorged himself on Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Colossal Brownie Sundaes.
6 Yoenis Cespedes' Lamborghini Aventador - $ 380,000
He’s one of the most talented rising baseball stars in the Major Leagues. Yoenis Cespedes is also a flashy individual who enhanced his image when he showed up to spring training in his fire-breathing Lamborghini Aventador. Yoenis has no excuse to be late for practice. His new Lamborghini has a 6.5-liter V-12 engine that pushes 691 horsepower while getting 17 mpg on the highway.
Cespedes paid nearly $300,000 for his new toy before dropping another $80,000 on upgrades. He has become known this spring for showing up to training in a few different vehicles including a brand new customized Ford F-250.
5 T4. Conor McGregor's Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe - $500,000
Even when UFC powerhouse Conor McGregor loses he comes out on top. After being submitted by Nate Diaz at UFC 196, McGregor walked away with a $1 million payday. One of his his most recent acquisitions is a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. His new ride screams out luxury and comfort. Unlike McGregor, his new Rolls–Royce is a heavyweight that tips the scales at 5,800 pounds that is propelled by a 6.7-liter V12. It takes 5.6 seconds for this 453 horsepower beast to go from 0-60 mph.
When he needs to hit 60 mph in under three seconds, Conor can drive his other newly bought toy. His new Lamborghini Aventador does 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
4 T4. Antonio Brown's Rolls-Royce Phantom - $500, 000
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown likes to be noticed and he's turning heads when he cruises the streets in his new Rolls-Royce Phantom. The Phantom’s powerful 6.75-liter V-12 engine propels this 6,000-pound monster from 0-60 mph in just under 6 seconds.
This gold Phantom’s custom paint job displays a silhouette of Brown between his initials and his number 84. The catch-phrase “Business is Boomin’” is boldly written on the sides.
If Antonio wants to keep business "boomin’" then he'll need to avoid taking big hits like the Vontaze Burfict cheap-shot he took in the 2016 Wild Card game.
3 Obafemi Martins' Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - $600,000
Nigerian soccer star Obafemi Martins has left the Seattle Sounders to play in the Chinese Super League. He relishes the challenge of playing in environments where he has not yet proven himself and he plans to prove himself a star player in China. There is no word on the status of his newly purchased Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren on which he spent around $600,000 on. The SLR McLaren is a lightning fast 617 horsepower sports car that accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It has a top speed of 209 mph which he might have trouble reaching on those busy and gridlocked Chinese roads.
2 Floyd Mayweather's Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita - $4.8 Million
Floyd Mayweather will always be remembered for his perfect 49-0 career boxing record. He is officially retired but if he keeps on buying new cars like the one he just bought, then he might need to polish off his gloves and mouthpiece.
Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao earned Floyd about $220 million. He celebrated by purchasing a $4.8 million dollar Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. His new ride goes from 0-60 mph in under three seconds and tops out at an incredible 250 mph. As one of only two Koenigsegg CCXR Trevitas made, it is said to be one of the most expensive cars in the world.
1 Lionel Messi's 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti - $36.2 Million
While the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti is far from a new car, this particular classic Ferrari is outrageously expensive. Football legend Lionel Messi apparently outbid fellow football star Cristian Ronaldo to acquire the car at a Paris auction in early 2016. Ferrari fitted this speedster with a 3.8-liter V12 engine and has reportedly topped out at 186 miles per hour. The price came in at around $36 million US. Messi can add “Owner of the World’s Most Expensive Car” to his vast list of personal accomplishments.