Footballers are famous for their lavish – and often questionable – taste in cars, apart from Yaya Toure, who appears to have a penchant for lorries… Given how much Premier League players earn, you might be surprised to discover that many of them finance their motors. Here are the top 10 cars financed by footballers, according to high-end vehicle financier JBR Capital, Harry.
Ford Mustang Fastback
Far from the glitterati of a Rolls-Royce or Bentley badge, we kick off this list of cars most-financed by footballers with the relatively humble Ford Mustang. This motoring icon has been available in the UK in right-hand-drive form for just a few years.
That said, its legend precedes it. The Mustang is one of the most recognisable cars on the road, with an image that can’t be bought and a 5.0-litre V8 to die for. We understand the appeal there.
Bentley Bentayga Onyx
If ever a car was made for footballers, it’s the Bentley Bentayga. But footballers are a picky bunch, with many opting for the special Onyx version. What’s Stephen Ireland up to these days?
Even if we were earning Premier League wages, you’d struggle to see us in one of these. There’s probably a reason why we’re not footballers…
The Maserati GranCabrio is a bit of a veteran player, as it has been on sale over 12 years now. But a bit like Paul Scholes, it can still deliver the goods and mix it with the young upstarts when required.
There’s serious badge appeal to the old Maser, too. Even Ferrari, Aston Martin and Bentley don’t carry quite so much intrigue.
Range Rover Autobiography
The Range Rover is a long-serving footballers’ ride, with Premier League aces helping to turn the mud-plugger into a status symbol. Still one of the most luxurious cars on the road, it’s the perfect car to escape to after a hard game. It certainly beats an early bath.
It’s no surprise that the Autobiography is the one they plump for. Loaded with stylish and luxurious touches, why would you settle for anything less, Clive?
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
For footballers hoping to make a grand entrance, the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder is the car of choice. No shying away in a lap of luxury like the Range Rover, the Huracan announces your arrival at the stadium with the howl of its V10.
It’s not all show and no go, though. With over 600hp, four-wheel-drive and a dual-clutch transmission, the Huracan is like a pacy winger. Accelerating to 62mph in 3.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 201mph, the Huracan is both perfect for show, and when it’s time to go.
Ferrari 488 Spider
Continuing footballers’ penchant for soft-top supercars is the Ferrari 488 Spider. It’s probably the ultimate playboy’s Ferrari right now. Mid-engined and beautiful, but easy to potter around in.
That said, with 670hp on tap, it could prove dangerous for folk whose success is measured by the performance of their right foot.
Audi RS6 Avant
The RS6 Avant has an element of ‘sleeper’ about it, being a svelte and sleek Audi, though it doesn’t take long to work out that it means business. Bulbous arches filled with enormous wheels, big booming exhausts and aggressive vents imbue the RS6 with subtle menace and aggression. An estate version of ‘Razor’ Ruddock, if you like, albeit with more pace.
Along with the looks, the performance will be getting footballers signing on the dotted line. For an estate, the RS6 is unbelievably rapid, hitting 62mph in just 3.7 seconds. Less Ruddock and more Michael Owen, then? We’re showing our age with these player references.
In-your-face bravado is the order of the day for many footballers, and you won’t get many cars that deliver more of it than the Mercedes G-Class. Merc’s military refugee has been with us for four decades now and it’s just been significantly refreshed.
Most footballers will opt for the monstrous G63 AMG variant, which packs a 577hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 trumpeting its tune out of side-exit exhausts.
Bentley Continental GT
Here’s a proper footballers’ classic: the Bentley Continental GT. Old-school luxury for a new-age audience interested in classic style, mated to modern amenities and performance. Lashings of wood and leather are never far away in a Conti, nor are handsome yet quintessentially ‘Bentley’ looks.
With a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine and 600hp, the Continental certainly performs like a modern supercar. It’ll sprint to 62mph in 3.7 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 207mph. Dangerous stats for some footballers, who struggle to hold on to a licence for their love of speeding. Allegedly.
Range Rover Sport SVR
Of course, a Range Rover tops the list. In this case, the range-topping, rip-snorting SVR variant. With its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 packing a 570hp punch, it’ll rip to 62mph in 4.5 seconds. Perfect for escaping rival supporters in consummate comfort, on a wave of V8 thunder.
Mind you, with such a juicy lump under the bonnet, they might want to consider financing their fuel supply, too.