Lionel Messi is said to have the most expensive car collection of any highest-paid athlete in the world, which includes a special edition Ferrari worth over £25million
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With supreme control, effortless acceleration and an iconic image, it’s no wonder Lionel Messi has a penchant for sports cars.
Indeed, according to research conducted by ManySpins.com, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has the most expensive car collection of any highest-paid athlete in the world. And what a collection it is too.
In the game, the Argentine’s exploits have often seen him hailed as the greatest footballer in the history of the sport, having broken all sorts of records and amassing an astonishing amount of trophies and individual honours. However, away from the field, adding to his array of fast cars seems to be his pride and joy.
Messi’s extensive collection is said to consist of 13 vehicles, with a combined value of over £28m, more than £10m more than a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. By contrast, the Portuguese superstar’s assortment totals an overall value of just over £18million – despite being believed to own six other cars.
The pair often found themselves embroiled in a battle to become the best on the pitch, but the two rivals also locked horns. In 2016, Messi reportedly outbid Ronaldo to land a one-of-a-kind 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti at a high-profile auction in Paris.
Arguably the most eye-catching automobile in Messi’s collection, the speedster alone cost the Paris Saint-Germain forward £25million. It is believed to be one of only four ever made.
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At the time, much mystery surrounded the identity of the anonymous buyer and Messi took to Instagram to playfully respond to speculation he was the winning bidder. In a lighthearted message, the former Barcelona striker could be seen holding up a Lightning McQueen toy car, along with the caption: ‘My new car’.
The rare purchase isn’t the only Ferrari in Messi’s vehicle slew. The 34-year-old also owns a special edition of the F430 Spider, equipped with aerodynamic simulation programs and capable of going from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds.
Messi’s eye for extravagance doesn’t stop there either. The striker owns a Pagani Zonda Roadster – one of the most expensive cars in the world, which is actually not considered road legal.
Other notable cars in his colossal collection include a flashy Mercedes SLS AMG and two Maseratis – a Gran Turismo MC Strandale and a GranTurismo S. Additionally, Messi owns several Audis and Range Rovers, as well as a Lexus, a Dodge Charger , a Cadillac Escalade and even a Mini Cooper.
Perhaps the most particular model of his selection is a Toyota Prius. The energy-efficient vehicle was a gift, given to Messi after winning the MVP award at the 2011 Club World Cup after guiding his beloved Barcelona to the title.
Said to earn £94million on his three-year contract with PSG, according to The Team, it’s no wonder Messi can afford such a luxury. What will he do next?