Cars Of Sports’ Rich & Famous
Updated September 23, 2015
This time two years ago, soccer star Mario Balotelli was doing something outrageous. Yes, of course he was probably setting fireworks off in his bathroom or putting up a series of homeless people in a luxury hotel. And yes, he had probably done something crazy on the soccer field too. But what we’re actually talking about is wrapping his brand new Bentley Continental GT in a camouflage wrap.
Sadly, he’s moved on since then – the army-mobile is now in the hands of former AC Milan teammate Urby Emanuelson – but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a collection of other extravagant automobiles. And he’s not alone.
Sports stars are renowned for their opulent lifestyles; their 12-bedroom mansions, their celebrity partners, and of course – their fast cars.
Here, we take a look at sports’ most luxurious cars…
Ok, so perhaps less luxurious, more utter monster. The Miami Heat Center’s Dodge SportChassis P4XL was customized by Car Toys in Denver and has 22.52” black wheels with an interior that features an Italian leather dash and lower console with suede headliner.
It’s probably fitting for the man known as “Birdman” – after all he’s as unique as they come in the NBA. The star is covered from head to toe in tattoos and regularly sports a mohawk.
If there’s one thing we should be thinking about nowadays, it’s our carbon footprint, and professional poker player Daniel Negreanu is doing just that. The six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner could certainly have his choice of rides and drives around in a Tesla Model S worth over $100,000.
On a tour of his house, the man who has won almost $30 million in poker tournaments showed off the car which does 0 to 60mph in 5.4 seconds, giving us a look into perhaps the future of electric sports cars.
Of course it’s hardly a Ferrari, but it’s a heck of a lot cooler than a Prius.
There seems to be something about NBA stars and big cars (it’s probably the leg room) so it’s no surprise that 6’ 7” Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson is driving around in a Ford F650 Super Truck XUV.
The 33-year-old spent over $200,000 on his ride before tricking it out with three flat screen TVs, a bed and a train horn, although we don’t think the latter is really necessary.
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather doesn’t have a supercar, but rather a fleet. But when you earned $14,800 per second in your latest fight, you’re allowed to treat yourself. He splits his collection between his Los Angeles and Miami homes, and keeps eight luxury vehicles at his Las Vegas mansion. And what’s more, he keeps them color coded.
In his Vegas garage there’s a Lamborghini, two Rolls-Royces, a Maybach, and a $20,000 golf cart amongst a plethora of Ferraris, Mercedes, and Bugattis in what must be one of the finest collections in the world.
Known for his outlandish style that includes a pink driver, the two-time Masters champion has taken this philosophy off the course and bought himself the original General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard. Yes – the 1969 bright orange Dodge Charger.
The 35-year-old golfer bagged the car for $110,000 at auction and it is just as iconic as the green jacket he donned just a few months ago at Augusta.
Mario’s back, and thankfully without the dreadful camouflage. The Italian arrived back to football in England in a $400,000 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, setting the tone for the man who has already scored his first goal for Liverpool FC.
The car itself has a 12-cylinder engine and goes 0-125mph in 8.5 seconds, reflecting Balotelli himself – a true Italian powerhouse.
Kevin Durant is the world’s greatest basketball player so it makes sense for him to have one of the world’s most stylish cars. The Ferrari California has recently been rereleased and sports a 3.9 litre bi-turbo V8 that produces 552bhp as well as Apple CarPlay technology.
Durant’s model is traditional red and sits alongside a Range Rover in his garage. Although with a nickname like the Durantula, you would have thought he’d be more suited to the Italian manufacturer’s Spider model.
Another NBA star with an incredible car is Pacers point guard George Hill, but for completely different reasons. Rather than the latest in automobile technology, the 28-year-old has gone classic with his favorite ride, customizing an Oldsmobile Cutlass.
The car dates back to the 1980s and was built by USA Motorsports who added all the modern accessories. It’s certainly one to cause divided opinion, with its black and red paintwork and basketball court trunk – so we’ll probably just let you make your own mind up.
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