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Football stars and their cars – who are the biggest spenders?

Footballers are famous for their multi-million dollar salaries – and also for their proclivity to spend. It should come as no surprise that they are as loved by the high-end car manufacturers as they are by their legions of fans. Even a player in a mid-table Premier League team will bring home around $3 million per year – but the very top players can earn more than that in a month. So what have they got tucked away in their garages? Let’s find out.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo has such a dedication to the game that even the most cynical among us can’t really begrudge the man his wealth. Despite turning 36 earlier this year, he’s still at the top of his game and in propelling his native Portugal up the Euro 2020 qualifying tables, he recently became the top goal scorer in European Championships history.

Ronaldo loves his cars. His extensive collection includes a Lamborghini Aventador, Bugatti Veyron and a Bugatti Chiron that cost him $3 million. Rumour has it that this year, he added a third Bugatti to the stable, the legendary La Voiture Noir, and he’s said to have paid something in the region of $19 million.

Lionel Messi

Ronaldo’s biggest rival in both the football greatness and the popularity stakes is Lionel Messi. History will recall that these were the giants of the game between 2010 and 2020, and it appears there is even competition between the two as to who can spend the most on his cars.

Messi’s Pagani Tricolore would be a match for anything in Ronaldo’s garage on the track, and he also owns a Mercedes SLS AMG, Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale and Ferrari F430 Spyder. But the biggest car story surrounding Messi was when he was rumoured to have paid £25 million for an achingly beautiful Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti from 1957.

John Terry

The word “legend” is bandied around far too often in football, but any Chelsea fan will say that John Terry is fully deserving of the label. He turned out for the Light Blues almost 500 times and is their most successful captain in the club’s history.

Terry is almost as famous for the collection of Ferraris he has accumulated over the years as he is for his footballing skill. His Ferrari Enzo set him back £2 million in 2013, which is surely a record for a 10 year old car, and he spent another £1.5 million on his 1960s 275 GTB. These are kept company by a 458 Spider for “everyday use” and of course an 80s-tastic Testarossa.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

If you can’t spoil yourself a little bit on your birthday, when can you? If you’re feeling guilty about splurging on a curry and a few beers to commemorate another candle on the cake, think on Sweden’s most famous striker.

He might be nudging 40 but he’s still going strong – and he decided to celebrate the fact by buying himself a Ferrari Monza SP2. With a run of just 500, Maranello offered them to only their most loyal customers. Zlatan’s not been afraid to use his, and it’s been a regular sight on the streets of Stockholm over the past year.

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