Sports fanatics are obsessed with their favorite teams and players. We buy the jerseys, pay the high costs for all the extra cable or satellite channels just so we see as many games as possible, scour the internet for any important info and look forward to transfer deadlines with the anticipation of a child waiting to open a present. Our love of sports and the athletes who play in them often goes beyond the playing field, arena or stadium, however. Those of us with an obsession just a notch or two below being a full-blown stalker often try to learn everything we can about our favorite athletes, including background, lifestyle, relationships and anything else not directly related to sports.
Perhaps one of the biggest things fans are interested in when it comes to their favorite athletes away from the game is what kind of ‘stuff’ they own. Big houses and expensive boats on the French Riviera are just a couple things which catch our attention. However, one of the most popular possessions of athletes are their cars. Making millions of dollars a year means they can buy some pretty spectacular cars. Of course, it’s not always the Ferraris and Lamborghinis that these players drive – although they always seem high up on any list. Sometimes there is a mix of practical ‘real’ cars and SUVs that many of us could afford.
Soccer players (or footballers as I sometimes call them throughout this list) buy and drive a wide variety of cars, just as you might suspect. Making tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars a week, these players can live out automotive dreams that most of us can only experience on a Playstation or Xbox. The following list looks at 15 of the more popular brands and models driven by footballers around the world. Some of these cars might surprise you in their attainability and practicality. For the most part, however, they are so exotic that some people may have difficulty pronouncing their names. If you like cars and you like following soccer, then you’ve come to the right place.
15 Audi Q7 - $47,700 (base)
14 Porsche Cayenne - $48,850 (base)
13 Audi S5 - $52,500 (base)
12 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG - $65,400 (base)
11 Porsche Panamera - $78,100 (base)
10 Audi R8 - $115,000 (base)
9 Audi RS6 - $124,000 (base)
8 Bentley Continental GT - $187,900
7 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale - $209,500 (base)
6 Lamborghini Gallardo - $211,500
5 Ferrari 458 Italia - $233,500
4 McLaren MP4-12C - $269,000 (base)
3 Ferrari 599 - $278,300 (base)
2 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - $318,900
1 Lamborghini Aventador - $397,000 (base)
Topping yet another list is this exotic from Italy’s own Lamborghini. The Aventador is the successor to the famous Murcielago. Like its predecessor, this new Lambo uses a mid-mounted, 6.5L V12 which is connected to an all-wheel drive system through a 7-speed gearbox. The Aventador’s engine is rated to 690hp and can get the car from 0-60 in a blistering 2.9 seconds. The roadster edition of this top-performer will run you an additional $50,000 above the ‘regular’ Aventador. With only 4,000 planned units, those with enough money have been snapping these cars up as fast as they are made. In world football, Aventadors have found their way into the garages of Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Bacary Sanga and Sulley Muntari.
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