We can tell a lot about a person by the clothes they wear and the same is said about the car they drive. Some folks like practicality, while others like to make a statement. Our perception of a guy wearing an old gray sweat-suit as he gets behind the wheel of his rusted out 1973 Gremlin is vastly different from our assumptions of someone in business attire getting into a Lexus.
It is almost customary these days for professional baseball players to show up for spring training in flashy new cars. Of course, we aren’t talking about arriving in the newest economy car. These guys are showing up in cars that cost big bucks. Brand new Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis are among some of the high-end vehicles that are proudly displayed in stadium parking lots.Who can blame a guy for splurging on expensive toys when he can easily afford them? After all, most guys dream of driving such iconic rides, so why not realize the dream?
One thing that will take the wind out of a new car owner’s sails is when he drives into the parking lot in his new $250,000 whip only to find that four of his teammates bought the same make and model. Suddenly, their proud new purchase is no big deal. It’s boring and overdone. That is why many rich athletes spend tens of thousands of dollars to customize their cars. They want to express their individuality and stand out from the rest.
This list highlights the 16 craziest cars bought by pro athletes. These aren’t the run-of-the-mill luxury and sports cars. They are unique vehicles that say something about their owners. Buckle up buckaroo!
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16 Yoan Moncada – Glowing Reviews
This Red Sox prospect is one guy who obviously likes to stand out from the crowd. After signing a very lucrative contract, the young multi-millionaire hit the showroom floor and picked himself out a beautiful i8 BMW. Not wanting to be just another rich athlete in a Beamer, Yoan had his new purchase stripped down and rebuilt with his special touch. When the customizing was complete, the i8 BMW was one of a kind. With custom Avorza leather, Av30 forged wheels, and a satin black finish with red metallic accents, Yoan’s BMW attracts a lot of looks. It especially gets noticed at night because this crazy car glows in the dark.
15 Alfred Morris – Sentimental Value
Most athletes like to get noticed in their hundred-thousand dollar high-end cars. Then we have Alfred Morris. The Dallas Cowboy halfback likes to keep it low-key as he drives around in his 1991 Mazda 626. He has quite a history with his car. While he was in college, Alfred bought it from his pastor for the bargain basement price of $2.
It has since been completely restored and customized. The Mazda was given quilted cross-stitch leather seats, a navigation system, and a touchscreen Pioneer audio system. An estimated 275-man-hours and an unknown amount of money went into the project that was completed by D.C area Mazda dealers as part of a PR stunt.
14 Joe Johnson – Mustard Man Cave on Wheels
There are two things that are capable of surviving a nuclear attack: cockroaches and Joe Johnson’s hulking truck. It’s impossible to miss this diesel beast as it rumbles by. It’s far from being just an ordinaryF650 pickup truck. Front and rear cameras, three flat-screen televisions, and a seat that folds into a bed make this behemoth a second home. There might even be enough room in there to practice free throws. If the sheer size and weight of Joe Johnson’s Ford doesn’t rattle you, the train horn certainly will.
The truck reportedly cost about $176,000 but the added customizations brought the final bill to over $200,000.
13 Chris “Birdman” Andersen – Semi Serious
When Chris Andersen was looking for a new truck, there were a few things that he needed to consider. To start with, he needed plenty of headroom. He is 6’10” and he can reach 7’3” depending on his hair-do. Chris also needed a vehicle that was capable of carrying the weight of his ego and his baggage. He got together with the people at Car Toys in Denver to come up with the perfect truck.
He had a Freightliner customized on a SportChassis P4XL with an unusually long 174-inch wheelbase. The truck is 264-inches long and 100-inches wide. There is plenty of headroom for the towering and colorful NBA star.
12 Lionel Messi–Action at the Auction
Soccer superstar Lionel Messi came out on top in a bidding war for a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti at a French auction. This car was driven in the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix by Sterling Moss and as nice as it is to look at, it’s probably even more fun to drive. It ranks as one of the craziest cars bought by a pro athlete simply because of the outrageous price tag. Messi forked over a staggering amount of money for this speedy piece of history that fetched one the highest prices ever paid at auction. A purchase like this will even make Floyd Mayweather a little jealous. The extremely rare race car has many stories to tell, as it should for costing over $35.7 million.
11 Darren McFadden – The Big Wheel
Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden has turned some heads on the gridiron during his career. He probably attracts a few gawkers when he takes his ridiculous 1972 Buick Centurion convertible out for a Sunday drive. The elevated purple body with green and purple interior sits on 32” wheels and is further heightened by a 15” custom lift kit. The Buick looks like an obnoxiously decorated baby stroller, but it is a one-of-a-kind whip that will always attract attention. Love it or hate it, this pimped out classic looks like it would be fun to drive.
10 John Cena – Hang Fire
When Homer Simpson was tasked with designing a car that would appeal to the “average American,” it turned into a disaster. When John Cena got a similar opportunity, the wrestler got it right. Cena’s design was given to Parker Brothers Concepts in Florida. With MacGyver-like ingenuity, they transformed a wrecked Corvette chassis and engine into theInCENArator. The car’s looks are far beyond futuristic. There is no need for doors as the glass top opens up like a Venus fly trap, enticing its prey to enter the comfortable custom cockpit. The rear deck features eight chrome exhaust pipes that shoot fire which would have thrilled spectators and competitors at the Gumball 3000 rally.
9 J.R. Smith – WTF?
Preparation is everything. Whether it’s planning a trip to the grocery store or preparing for an alien invasion, proper preparation is the key to success. One guy who is prepared for an alien invasion is Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith. His crazy armored truck is one of the most menacing vehicles out on the road. Weighing it at over 13,000 pounds, the Gurkha F5 is the same vehicle used by military and police. Smith is believed to have paid in excess of $450,000 for his dark mobile fortress, but it was money well spent if he was looking for attention. Keep in mind, this is the same guy who was ticketed for operating a motor scooter without a valid license.
8 Bubba Watson – Cooler than KITT
One of television’s most iconic cars is the General Lee and golfer Bubba Watson paid $110,000 to purchase a replica of it at an auction in 2012. The 1969 Dodge Charger takes us back to a time of lousy television plots and Daisy Duke hot-pants. Unfortunately, The Confederate Flag, which was painted on the car’s roof, caused some controversy and Watson vowed to replace the image with an American Flag. While this is a noble gesture, it also turns the General Lee into something a little different. Still, no matter what is painted on the roof, the color and the number 01 will always remind us of the famous orange Dodge.
7 Ron Artest – Gag Gift
It’s not that Ron Artest’s car is a Metta World piece of garbage, but it is far from what a lot of people would expect from the hot-tempered and always controversial basketball player. He was given the “Lakers Edition” custom ride by comedian and television host George Lopez as part of a running gag. The $35,000 Hyundai Genesis sedan’s body is accented with subtle Lakers colors complete with fake vents painted on the hood. The interior also boasts Lakers colors and it even came with Lakers floor mats. Artest has the perfect vehicle for delivering pizzas once his playing days are over.
6 Chad Johnson – Another Great Investment
Chad loves his flashy cars and he owns several of them. It seems that Maseratis, Lamborghinis, and Bentleys are beginning to bore him because, on his 32nd birthday, Ochocinco decided to treat himself to a new customized Freightliner M2-106 crew-cab. The gargantuan gas-guzzling semi-truck took about six months to customize and now boasts a bed, obnoxiously loud air horns, and a host of other needless bells and whistles. While this truck can be described as impractical, it projects individuality and attitude just like Chad. This monstrosity cost somewhere between $110,000 and $150,000 to complete but money is apparently no object for Chad Johnson.
5 Antonio Garay – A Tight Fit
It’s very rare that you'll see a big-bodied and wealthy athlete driving a Smart car. It’s even rarer to see an athlete driving a Smart car with a noticeable “Hello Kitty” motif. It’s hard to figure out which is crazier; the car or its owner, Antonio Garay.
Getting his hulking 6’4” and 300-pound frame into this less-than-compact roadster must be a challenge and a sight to behold. To go with the Hello Kitty Smart car, Garay also claims to have other Hello Kitty items including a Hello Kitty baseball cap. With such a good-natured sense of humor, Garay enjoys making people laugh, even if it’s at his own expense.
4 Yoenis Cespedes – But Mine Does This...
How boring and clichéd. Another fabulously rich, young baseball player pulling into spring training in a brand new Lamborghini Aventador. We’ve seen it already. Let’s move on. Wait! What? It breathes fire? Well, let’s get a box of popcorn and check it out.
Yoenis Cespedes recently celebrated his enormous wealth by purchasing a few vehicles, but his Lamborghini Aventador is perhaps the most interesting of his new toys. Not wanting to settle on a plain Lamborghini, Yoenis spent around $80,000 on custom work to his $300,000 dream machine. Now his Lamborghini will really stand out when it’s shooting flames out of the custom exhaust system.
3 Yoenis Cespedes – Double Play
What? Yoenis Cespedes again? Yes. This time, he arrived at spring training in his three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot convertible. Incredibly, this is the eighth vehicle that Cespedes has had customized on his ludicrous spending spree. Custom paint, custom leather seats, and a 12-speaker custom sound system are just a few of the options that Yoenisselected for his one-of-a-kind racer. While it appears that this crazy contraption might come up short with speed-bumps, it won’t fall short in the fun department. With a pile of disposable money and a flair for the unusual, look for Yoenis to stun his fans soon with yet another fantastic custom toy.
2 Floyd Mayweather - Because Of Course...
You knew Floyd Mayweather would be on this list, you just didn't know which one of his cars would show up. Well, we chose to go with his most expensive one, the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. It cost a staggering $4.8 million and there's only two of these bad boys in the entire world.
This gorgeous super car can go from 0 to 60 in under three seconds. Actually, wait, don't call it a super car. Floyd prefers it to be called a 'Hyper" car. You do you, Floyd.
1 Robinson Cano – Wrap it Up
With the help of some custom touches, Robinson Cano’s Ferrari 458 Spyder stands out among other Ferraris. It doesn’t breathe fire and it doesn’t fly, but its reflective gold wrapping gives it an eye-catching and unique appearance. People might be tempted to rub the hood to see if a genie pops out of the tailpipe. David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James are among several other athletes who also own Ferraris, but none of them will attract attention like Cano’s. People won’t necessarily like what the Mariners second baseman did to his ride, but they can’t stop themselves from taking a good long look.
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