It’s common knowledge that many top-flight players earn far beyond the average wage. The average wage for players in the English Premier League, for example, is around £30,000 a week, enough for them to buy, after tax, a reasonable family saloon or low-end sports coupe with every pay packet. Some of the bigger names can earn up to five times that amount!
With so much money at their disposal, you might expect top players to buy some of the finer things in life, such as Tudor mansions, swimming pools and gold-plated statues, but does that extend to cars? We’re about to look at the top five cars owned by world-class footballers, who owns what and what they’re getting for their money:
Lamborghini Gallardo – Wayne Rooney
As one of the world’s best-paid players, Manchester United and England ace Rooney certainly has the funds to pay for this £260,000 beast. Although he’s not gone for the classic bright yellow paintwork, it still looks pretty impressive and will give him reason to cheer up, especially given his side’s disappointing start to the season.
Mercedes SL65 – Didier Drogba
Now plying his trade with Turkish giants Galatasaray following a disastrous spell in China, the former Chelsea star has a pretty cool main vehicle, costing him a whopping £330,000. On the streets of Istanbul, it may look a little out of place, but when he’s cruising along the motorways it’ll be as powerful and elegant as the man himself was in his prime.
Bugatti Veyron – Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo sees himself as the world’s best player, which probably helped him to reach the decision to buy the world’s best car. The Veyron, being so powerful, rare and, of course, expensive (it cost more than £1m when first released), is the star of the show in the Real Madrid forward’s garage, although he’s only likely to take it for a spin on special occasions.
Mercedes McLaren SLR – El Hadji-Diouf
After hopping around the Premier League, the ever-controversial Diouf now plays with Championship underachievers Leeds United. Buying the SLR back in 2009, the Senegalese is likely to have taken good care of it, given that it set him back some £400,000 when brand new. All about speed, the SLR is every bit as mad as its owner!
Maybach Cruisero Coupe – Samuel Eto’o
The Cameroon legend is approaching the end of his career, but after a lucrative spell in Russia, the Chelsea striker looks to have a set of wheels that will make it fun for him to drive once he decides to hang up his boots. The Cruisero cost him around £600,000 and, as the manufacturer is now no more, he will struggle to find any spare parts!
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