SUPERCARS are the ultimate status symbol.
So it’s no surprise that sports superstars love to spend their cash on the very best and latest boys’ toys. Here are the top 15 sports stars ranked by the size and estimated cost of their amazing collections of supercars.
15. Mario Balotelli
Balotelli loves to show his flamboyant personality with his stunning motors.
During his time in England with Manchester City and Liverpool, he was regularly spotted parking his outlandish Bentley Continental GT in amazing camouflage – worth £160k.
This year he has added to the collection, which now includes a Lamborghini Gallardo worth £160k, a Maserati GranTuriso (£100k), an Audi R8 V10 (£105k), a Ferrari 458 Spider (£170k), a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (£240k) and a Range Rover Evoque (£40k).
‘Super Mario’ did unload his camo Bentley to teammate Urby Emmanuel in 2013. Urby decided to pull off the wrap and return it to its original look. Spoilsport!
Estimated value: £1m
14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan loves Ferraris above all, and has a large collection. However he is also sponsored by Volvo, so he is often seen driving the Swedish motor instead.
His collection includes a bright red Ferrari Enzo valued at £600k and an exclusive Porsche 918 Spyder worth £700k.
The Manchester United striker also owns a Lamborghini Gallardo (£160k) and a Maserati GranTuriso (£100k).
Estimated value: £1.5m
13. Michael Jordan
The greatest basketball player of all time is worth over a billion dollars, and he hasn’t cut corners with his car collection either.
Jordan owns a Chevrolet C4 Corvette (£37k), a Ferrari 512 TR (£125k), a Porsche 911 (£100k), a Toyota Land Cruiser (£38k) and a Ferrari 599 GBT Fiorano (£300k).
However, over the years he has released Aston Martins, Mercedes and a Bentley from his multiple garages.
We’re sure he’s not feeling the affects of retirement with his substantial clothing and restaurant enterprises though.
Estimated value: £1.8m
12. Lewis Hamilton
Being a racing driver and earning millions per year, you’d think Lewis would be higher up the list.
However, perhaps being banned from driving in France in 2007 slowed him down off the circuit.
But he’s still got a very pretty set of motors that may need dusting off in his garage.
He owns a Pagani Zonda (£1.5m), SLS Mercedes (£165k), Shelby GT500(£50K) and his favourite car is the 1967 472 Cobra worth around £75k. We add, he has two of those.
Estimated value: £2.315m
11. Shaquille O’Neill
LA Lakers legend Shaq has a fleet of cars that would be enough to open a luxury car taxi service.
A giant on the court, the 7-footer needs a big car, so it’s no surprise he opts for bigger, jeep-like vehicles.
He’s amassed a huge collection including a Lamborghini Gallardo (£105k), a Mercedes-Benz S Class (£70k), a Cadillac DTS (£35K) and a Jeep Wrangler (£32K).
There’s also a Ford Expedition (£40k), a Lincoln Continental (£35k), a Hummer H2 (£30k), a Cadillac Escalade (£63), as well as a 2001 Chevrolet G1500 van (£35k).
However, his most extravagant purchase was a 458 Italia which cost him around £250k.
He uses it as a everyday car too, alongside a Smart car!
Estimated value: £3.5m
10. David Beckham
England legend Becks has amassed a fortune of around £339 million, and his wheels are a fair reflection of his wealth.
Goldenballs’ list of motors are a reflection of his status, and he has a Rolls-Royce Phantom (£360k), a Rolls-Royce Ghost (£231,180), a Bentley Continental SuperSport (£275k), and an Audi R8 (£117k).
Over the years Becks also added a Bentley Mulsanne (£229,360), a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (£75k), a Range Rover Evoque (£78k) and a Hummer H2 (£30k).
Not content there, the former Man United star has an extensive motorbike collection.
Incidentally, Becks’ love for Porsche has also extended to collecting classic models like a Steve McQueen-inspired 911.
Estimated value: £3.7m
9. Justin Verlander
He’s one of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars, and he recently bagged himself a superstar wife in Kate Upton.
The Houston Astros pitcher also has taste when it comes to cars, and he’s amassed an astonishing garage that puts him very high up our list.
The All-Star owns motors including, Maserati Gran Turismo (£91,690k), a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster (£288,840), a Ferrari 458 Italia (£250k), a Ferrari California (£154,314k), an Aston Martin DBS (£198k).
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He also has a fondness for Mercedes Benz, owning 3 separate models of the famed German manufacturer.
Estimated value: £3.8m
8. Cristiano Ronaldo
The 5-time Balon d’Or winner lives a life of luxury on superstar wages at Real Madrid, plus mega endorsement deals with fashion houses all over the world.
He needs a car collection fit for a king, and his garages in Madrid are certainly impressive.
Flashy on the pitch, his cars off it are equally as showy. He owns a a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (£300k), a Ferrari F430 (£117k), a Ferrari 599 GTO (£335k) and a Lamborghini Aventador (£270k).
Add to that a Rolls-Royce Phantom (£360k) and a Bugatti Chiron (£2.1m), and that’s a wealth of motors right there.
Estimated value: £4.2m
7. LeBron James
He may not be the NBA’s current MVP, but his car collection is definitely one of the most valuable.
Not just earning in basketball, LeBron’s making a mint in Hollywood — so driving a nice set of wheels around LA during the off-season is imperative.
That’s why he rides a Porsche 911 Turbo S, a Hummer H2, a Ferrari F430 Spider and a Maybach 57S.
However, his favourite baby is his custom-wrapped Nike floral print Lamborghini Aventador, which is worth a cool £500k. Chump change for some, but nothing for a man who earns a whopping £48m a year.
Estimated value: £4.5m
6. Kobe Bryant
Kobe spent his entire career with the LA Lakers, earning over £200m in a glittering basketball career that earned him 5 NBA championships.
‘Black Mamba’ also likes the finer things in life, giving particularly preference to his driveway and array of cars that’ll make your eyes water.
Having a penchant for Ferrari’s and Bentley’s, Kobe owns a Bentley Continental GT, a Bentley Azure Mulliner, a Ferrari F43, a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Lamborghini Aventador.
Needless to say that isn’t all, Kobe’s other rides include a a Range Rover, a Cadillac, a Chevrolet, a Jeep and a second Lamborghini.
He was also gifted a 1967 LA Lakers-coloured 1967 Pontiac by pal, Snoop Dogg.
Estimated value: £4.7m
5. John Cena
Perhaps it’s not so surprising but wrestling superstar John Cena loves classic American muscle cars.
He has more than 25 which he keeps at in a huge garage at his mansion in Tampa, Florida.
Most of them are old classics like a 1966 Dodge Hemi Charger (£40k) and a 1970 Plymouth Superbird (£150k).
He also boasts a yellow limited edition Ford Mustang (£50k) and a Corvette ZR1 valued at £100k which he had customised into the InCENArator.
Estimated value: £5m
4. Samuel Eto’o
Once upon a time, Eto’o was highest paid footballer in the world, earning around £18.5 million a year while at Anzhi in Russia in 2011.
That allowed the Cameroonian legend to splash his hard-earned roubles on fast cars, and he’s the highest-placed footballer on this list.
The former Barcelona striker’s most valuable motors are a Bugatti Veyron (£1.75m), Aston Martin One-77 (£1.3m) and a rare Porsche Gambella Mirage (£1m).
He also owns a a Maybach Xenatec (£696k), an Aston Martin V12 Zagato (£396k), a Hummer H2 (£30k) and a Ferrari 599 Fiorano (£300k).
Estimated value: £5.5m
3. Jenson Button
Button, 37, is the highest placed Brit on the list. The former F1 driver has a reported personal wealth of more than £100m and has spent a sizeable chunk on vehicles.
His large and quirky collection has included supercars like a Bugatti Veyron (£1.1m), a McLaren P1 (£1.9m) and several Ferrari’s including an Enzo valued at £1m.
But he also owns some less sexy rides including a Honda S600 (£30k), an 1964 Ford Anglia (£20k) and even a 1956 VW Campervan (£40k).
He sold his Bugatti at an auction for £900k back in 2009, presumably to make room for more cars in his garage.
Estimated value: £6m
2. Floyd Mayweather
Floyd ‘Money Man’ Mayweather boasts one of the largest supercar collections in the world.
The 40-year-old unbeaten boxer has so many, he keeps a collection of white cars in Miami, and a fleet of black-painted cars in Las Vegas.
The most expensive in his garage was an exceedingly rare Koenigsegg Trevita.
He bought the car for £2.7m but had to sell it for £2m at a car auction in California in August to pay a tax bill.
However he still owns several Rolls-Royce’s, Ferarri’s and Bugatti’s.
In 2015 he tweeted an amazing photo of eight supercars worth £4.5m – including three Bugatti Veyrons each valued at more than £1million – plus his £1.5m private jet.
Estimated value: £8m
1. Reggie Jackson
American baseball legend boasted a huge collection of around 100 classic cars but a massive fire in 2013 destroyed 35 of them, worth £2m.
Jackson, 71, however still has a huge collection of American classics, mostly Chevrolets, around 50 or so, and regularly attends auctions to buy more.
He has 25 at his home in Seaside, California, six at another home in Carmel, and 25 at a hangar at Monterey airport.
One car in his collection, a Ferrari 275 GTB/4, is said to be worth around £20m. It makes him our number one on this list.