Women, money and fame are three things commonly associated with athletes who make it at the highest level, but there's a fourth factor that's often thrown into the mix, and that is cars. Most young boys dream of owning certain cars, or a collection of cars, and top class athletes who often start earning lucrative amounts of money from a young age, have the bank balances to make those dreams a reality.
It is no surprise that this list includes some of the wealthiest athletes in the world, who can afford to purchase numerous supercars without feeling any real financial hit. Although it may come as a surprise that so many of these athletes are either soccer stars or NBA stars, with those two sports dominating the list. Athletes have become very much part of celebrity culture over the last couple of decades, and that attitude of one-upmanship has led to some of these collections, whilst others are just bonafide petrol heads and car lovers.
The list ranks athletes' entire car collections, so while Ronaldinho's Bugatti Veyron or Antonio Brown's customized Rolls-Royce Phantom are impressive, they are only one car, not a collection. The athletes collections are ranked with the factors of sheer numbers, quality of car and overall value all taken into account. Here are the top 15 athletes with the biggest car collections:
15 Mario Balotelli
14 Reggie Jackson
13 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
12 Michael Jordan
11 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton races Formula One cars for a living, but once he's done with his day job, he still likes to drive fast. He was suspended from driving briefly in France, having been caught driving at 122 mph, and had his Mercedes-Benz CLK impounded, and had another Mercedes impounded in 2010 for dangerous driving. The two-time F1 championship winner doesn't have the biggest collection on the list, but easily one of the most impressive. He owns a Pagani Zonda, an SLS Blackseries Mercedes, a Shelby GT500 and two 1967 472 Cobras, which Hamilton has described as his favorite car.
10 Shaquille O'Neal
9 Cristiano Ronaldo
8 Justin Verlander
7 David Beckham
6 LeBron James
5 Kobe Bryant
4 John Cena
3 Samuel Eto'o
One of the greatest strikers of his generation and one of the greatest African soccer players of all time, Samuel Eto'o was a prolific goal scorer for most of his career. His best days came with Barcelona and Inter Milan, where he became the first player in history to win two European trebles. He was briefly the best paid player in the world when he signed for Anzhi in Russia in 2011, where he earned $25 million a year, giving him a net worth today of $90 million.
2 Jenson Button
The second and last F1 driver to make this list, Jenson Button is reportedly about to announce his retirement from the sport. Should he do so, Jenson will no doubt be looking forward to spending a bit more time with his incredible collection of cars. The 2009 Formula One World Champion has a reported net worth of over $100 million, and owns cars such as the Nissan GT-R, Honda S600, Mercedes C63 AMG, a Honda NSX Type R and a Bugatti Veyron.
1 Floyd Mayweather
The greatest athlete car collection of all is owned by who else than Floyd 'Money' Mayweather Jr. himself. The 'retired' undefeated five-division world champion who is worth a reported $400 million is often pictured next to his astonishing collection of cars. Mayweather claims his win over Andre Berto signalled the end of his boxing career, although a few in the sport have their doubts, with 'Pretty Boy' being just one win off beating Rocky Marciano's long-standing unbeaten streak as world champion. Most of Mayweather's collection are in white, although there are some exceptions.
His list of white cars include a Bentley Mulsanne, a Rolls-Royce Drophead, a Ferrari 599, a Ferrari 458, two Rolls-Royce Phantom's, a Mercedes-Benz S600, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Mercedes SLS, two Bugatti Veyrons, a Bentley Continental GT and a Maybach 62. Mayweather's differently colored cars include a customized Ferrari F430, another Ferrari 599, a third Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Murcielago and a Mercedes SLR. After beating Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather splashed out on his most expensive car yet, a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, of which there are only two in the world.
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