Being a pro-athlete is almost a guaranteed entry into the millionaires' club. Sports generate billions in revenue every year. According to Forbes.com, the sports industry in North America was valued at $60.5 billion in 2014 and it is estimated it will be worth $73.5 billion by 2019.
According to Wikipedia, the NFL is the biggest sport in America with a 37% popularity. It is followed by basketball and baseball. Sports teams in the major leagues earn millions of dollars in TV rights and ticket sales. They spend a fortune on talent acquisition because they know the value of good players. Such players don't come cheap as, they look for the most lucrative offers.
Such fierce competition for top talent has made very wealthy athletes. There are those who are known for going heavy on their first payday because the money is just ridiculous. They only come to their senses when it has been reduced to manageable levels. There are also those who are known to be frugal, and earning millions can't change their lifestyle. They will still live in the same neighborhood and probably drive the same car that was a gift from the grandmother. The choice of vehicle is a very personal one and you can't dictate it for someone.
20 Cheap: Alfred Morris - Mazda 626
Alfred Morris is currently a free agent, but has been one of the best players in the NFL over the last 10 years. Fans have been begging the Cowboys to bring him back to the team. Other than football, the second thing that Alfred Morris is known for is his Mazda 626.
According to CNBC, the Mazda 626 was his daily driver for a long time despite him earning millions of dollars in the NFL. Alfred Morris was still driving the Mazda 626 even after signing his first major contract back in 2012.
He nicknamed it "The Bentley" and says it was a gift from his pastor when he was still college. According to Jalopnik, Mazda approached Alfred Morris and offered to do a full restoration of the vehicle. There are not so many models of the Mazda 626 since it was discontinued in 2002. This says a lot about the Alfred Morris' choice of vehicle and general lifestyle. His car is likely to last another 10 years since it received a new engine and a facelift. If only that option was made available for the current cars that are being sold.
19 Cheap: James Harrison - ForTwo
James Harrison has been playing football for the last twenty years. He recently retired for the seconds time in his career at the age of 39. This time he has hanged his boots for good because of the advancement in age. According to Kansascity.com, James Harrison is also known for his work out routines. There is a video that went viral on social media showing James Harrison pulling 1,368 pounds. Even with his strength and size, James Harrison is known to love cars. He has been spotted in the ForTwo a couple of times, which is unlike him. The ForTwo car has sold more than 2 million copies as of 2016. The name comes from its capacity of seating two people and the car is currently being marketed as a smart city coupe. The biggest benefit of the car has to be the ability to find parking virtually anywhere. You can always find somewhere to "fix" it. You will also have to get used to the fact there are no practical storage which can be a bummer if you want to use the ForTwo as your daily driver.
18 Cheap: Kirk Cousins - GMC Savana Passenger
Kirk Cousins currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings as a quarterback. According to CNBC, Kirk Cousins is likely to sign a new deal that will guarantee him $84 million in three years. He currently takes home $28 million a year but the shocking part is he still drives a dented GMC Savana passenger van. According to CNBC, Cousins also lives in his parent's basement house during the summer to save money. He seems to be paranoid about losing everything.
According to GQ, he shares the garage space with his wife. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in 2016, he said it was better buying appreciating assets. He doesn't need a yacht or supercar. A new car depreciates by 20% the moment you drive it from the dealership. You can a used GMC Savana passenger for as low as $15,000. Not a lot can be said about the reliability. The 1500 series comes with a 5.3-liter V8 engine which can produce 310-HP pulling 334 pound-feet of torque. The cabin might not be the best in terms of aesthetics, but it is just as efficient.
17 Cheap: Kawhi Leonard - 1997 Chevy Tahoe
Kawhi Leonard has been playing for the Spurs for the last couple of years. He is currently on $217 million deal. In 2016, Bleacher Report reported that Kawhi Leonard was still driving the 1997 Chevy Tahoe which he had owned from high school. In the same interview, Leonard admitted to still freak out when he loses chicken wings coupons. The discipline could be as a result of his upbringing, and he admits to feeling guilty when he buys expensive stuff.
You can currently get the 1997 Chevy Tahoe for less than $5,000. The car can produce up to 255-HP and comes with a V8 engine. The car is able to provide more than enough power for daily driving.
The Chevy Tahoe is a vehicle that seems to be popular with athletes especially the older models. It certainly has something to do with reliability which is something that is hard to come by with modern cars. It can also be hard letting go a car that is special to you especially if it was a gift from a family member. Such sentimental attachments can be impossible to break.
16 Cheap: Nnamdi Asomugha - Nissan Maxima
Nnamdi Asomugha has done great for himself. He has had a successful career in the NFL and is currently an actor and a producer. According to CNBC, Nnamdi played 11 seasons in the NFL and earned millions in the process.
Nnamdi Asomugha still drives the Nissan Maxima that was passed down from his brother. It is the same Nissan Maxima that he used to take his prom date out with. The Nissan Maxima has been on the assembly since 1982. The current generation Nissan Maxima can produce up to 300-HP and can go from 0 TO 60 5.7 seconds. According to Nnamdi Asomugha, his frugal lifestyle has saved him from going broke and has enabled him to invest in other ventures. You can get the Nissan Maxima for $34,155 for a base model. Under the hood, you get a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The interior has an intuitive 8.0-inch display which supports Android Auto and Apple Car play. The car can provide just as much power as some very expensive brands and you don't have to break the bank for it. Adaptive cruise control comes as an option available in the higher trims.
15 Cheap: Mitchell Trubisky - Toyota Camry
The 1997 Toyota Camry was a hand-me-down from the grandmother, and Mitchell Trubisky had promised to take the car to camp if he was drafted by the Chicago Bears. According to Mitchell, the Toyota Camry has 170,000 miles on it and he has been driving it since he was in high school. The car takes him from one point to another which is the essence of transportation. The Toyota Camry has been one of Toyota's best selling models.
Car and Driver has voted it as one of "The Most Reliable Cars Ever Made." This is why you will get a 1997 model that has covered more than 170,000 miles still in good condition. Mitchell Trubisky can still get another five years out of his Toyota Camry.
The new Toyota Camry has been given a 10-star rating on safety and an overall rating of 9.5. It has been voted as the best midsize car for the money by usnews.com. There are several driver-assist features which have greatly improved the safety of the vehicle. The base engine should provide more than power, but you will have to pay an extra $6,000 for you to get the V6 engine option.
14 Cheap: Ryan Kerrigan - Chevy Tahoe
Washington Post, in a 2015 article, described Ryan Kerrigan as "Redskins' most boring star." This was because he was driving a Chevy Tahoe. According to CNBC, Ryan Kerrigan signed a five-year deal with the Redskins which was worth $57.5 million. He was still living in a shared apartment with childhood friend Andrew Walker. According to CNBC, the average NFL player earns more than $1 million, yet more than one-fifth end up declaring bankruptcy by the end of their career.
Ryan Kerrigan is aware of this fact all too well and tries to live below his means. Ryan Kerrigan also makes his own food on most nights to avoid hotel expenses.
Redskin players are also known to be frugal which might have had an influence on Ryan Kerrigan. The Chevy Tahoe has been ranked 2nd usnews.com in the large SUVs segment. It has been given an 8.7 on reliability and a 9.1 on critical rating. The model comes with a 6.2-liter V8 engine which can output up to 420-HP. The Chevy Tahoe can seat up to a family of 8 comfortably. The only downside could be the compact trunk and the high cargo floor.
13 Cheap: John Urschel - Nissan Versa
John Urschel is not only a successful athlete but is also an accomplished academic. He is also one of the few NFL players to leave the league for another career way before his prime. According to Business Insider, John Urschel used to live on less than $25,000 a year when he was still paying in the NFL. He even had to look for a roommate to keep the expenses down. He retired from the NFL at 28 years to pursue a doctorate degree in mathematics at MIT. He has been driving the Nissan Versa for a couple of years. The reason why he liked the vehicle was because he could easily find parking when his teammates were driving big vehicles. If you are looking for a practical vehicle that doesn't cost a fortune, the Nissan Versa is your best. You can get it for as low as $12,000 for the base model. According to usnews.com, the Nissan Versa can seat 5 people comfortably and is economical on gas. There is also a huge cargo space which gives it a competitive advantage over its rivals.
12 Cheap: Giovani Bernard - Honda Odyssey
Giovanni Bernard has been playing for the Bengals as a running back since 2013. He is currently 26 and still has the best years ahead of him. He made headlines in 2013 when it was reported that he was driving a Honda Minivan that belonged to the girl friend's mom. The Honda Odyssey has been voted in the top five best minivan ever made. He was driving it because he did not have a car at that time and had just been signed by the Bengals on a $5.25 million contract.
Young athletes are becoming more conscious about how they spend their money given past experiences. It was reported that he lived in a modest apartment next to the training facilities. The new model of the Honda Odyssey a 9.4 rating out of a possible 10 by usnews.com. It currently retails at $30,000 for a base model. There is ample room for the family and luggage. You can decide to take it off-road since it has an all-wheel drive. In terms of performance, you get an engine that can produce up to 280-HP. Fuel economy is also excellent as you can get 19 MPG in the city and 28 on the highway.
11 Cheap: Lebron James - Kia K900
Lebron James has earned close to $1 billion in salaries and endorsements ever since he started playing professionally in 2003. He has been consistent over the years and it is rare to get him in scandals that have always plagued the NBA. According to Kia, Lebron has been driving the K900 for a while and was not doing so just because he was the brand ambassador. The Kia K900 has been on the assembly line since 2013 and is sold in the US, the Middle East, and Russia.
The new generation K900 has a 5.0-liter V8 engine which can produce 420-HP. There were 455 units sold in the US in 2017. The car has a top speed 155mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 7.2 seconds.
Cnet has described it as the "best luxury car you've never heard of." The 2019 model comes with seven different mood-enhancing color themes. The backseat luxury is better than the front which makes it a good chauffeur vehicle. You get real-time ETA and traffic updates. The powertrain is more than sufficient for daily driving cruising around.
10 Expensive: Henrik Lundqvist - Lamborghini Gallardo
Henrik Lundqvist has been playing professional Ice hockey for more than 15 years. He currently plays for the New York Rangers as a goaltender despite being 36 years. Henrik Lundqvist is known for his athleticism and quickness even at his age. He has an identical twin brother who also plays professionally in the Swedish hockey league. According to Wikipedia, he earns $10 million a year as of 2016.
He drives the Lamborghini Gallardo. The Gallardo was on the assembly line from 2003 to 2010. According to Jalopnik, the Gallardo has been Lamborghini's best selling model up to date with over 14,000 units sold. Under the hood, you get a 5.2-liter V10 engine which can produce up to 562-HP. It has a top speed of 202 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds. A 2014 model is currently retailing at $181,000 and can go up to $250,000. There have been a couple of variations in the years it was in production. There was a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera which was 100kg lighter than the normal one. The top speed remained at 202 mph even with the reduction in weight.
9 Expensive: John Cena - Corvette InCENArator
The Corvette InCENArator was a custom car made by the Parker Brothers Concepts. According to Daily Urban Culture, the Park brothers are known to produce custom cars for movies. According to Motor1, the car is able to shoot flames from the special 8 vents that are located on the roof of the vehicle.
The car has no functional doors and getting in can be a challenge especially if you are not fit. The body is made from a wrecked C5 Corvette. The car has been featured in Gumball and Dream Machines. The name might be a little off for some people, but you wouldn't expect less from something that is commissioned by John Cena. It can't be a daily driver, thus the best option is to have it parked. John Cena is a motor-head whose love affair with sports cars goes all the way back 20 years ago. Other notable cars in his garage include a 2009 Corvette ZR1, 2006 Ford GT, 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, 1969 Copo Camaro. John Cena is all American with his car collection which reflects his love for muscle cars. According to motor1.com, his daily driver is said to be the 1971 Hornet.
8 Expensive: C.J. Wilson - McLaren P1
C.J. Wilson is a professional pitcher who played for Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers. He is reported to have been earning $20 million. Wilson has always had a love for cars. According to USA Today, the former baseball player has been practicing for a career in motorsport since March 2017. He has had to lose weight and is the main act in his racing team, driving a Porsche. It is only natural for him to own the McLaren P1 given his interest in motorsport.
The car made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in 2012. According to Wikipedia, there have only been 375 units produced which makes it a limited edition vehicle. The car has a top speed of 217 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds.
The car also has an electric motor that can go 6 miles. The purpose of the electric motor is to help in smoothening the engine. ''With bigger turbos strapped on, and running a healthy 20.3 pounds of boost, the P1’s gas engine is plenty enough propulsion.'' There are no any worries that the electric motor would interfere with the overall refinement of the vehicle.
7 Expensive: Dwyane Wade - Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren
Dwyane Wade has been playing for the Miami Heat since 2003. He is among the few players over 35 years old still playing at the highest level in the NBA. There was a short period where he played for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers and was then signed with the Miami Heat for the second time. According to Wikipedia, Dwyane Wade was born in Chicago and had a challenging upbringing. His mother was addicted to hard narcotics and a young Wade had no other options but to turn to sports in order to escape from the Vice. He would often go up to two years without seeing the mother.
While he was attending Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Wade experienced rapid success while playing for the football team. He, later on, switched to basketball. His hard work and determination has made him one of the most accomplished players in the NBA. He enjoys driving luxury cars and one of the exotics in his parking lot is the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The car was first launched in 2003 and was on the assembly line up to 2010. It has a top speed of 124 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds.
6 Expensive: Russell Westbrook - Lamborghini Aventador
Russell Westbrook is currently in the form of his life playing for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook used to wear number 0 in his UCLA career. He has proved to be a valuable player in the NBA and signed the biggest guaranteed contract in the history of the sport, valued at $233 million and it is said to run up to 2023.
According to Wikipedia, Russell Westbrook is currently making $28 million a year. He owns a fleet of luxury cars and it is only fair given the money he is making.
The Lamborghini Aventador was first launched in 2011 with the company announcing it had already received 11 orders even before production could begin officially. There have been more than 5,000 units of the Aventador sold as 2016.
The car comes with a 6.5-liter V12 engine which can produce up to 690-HP. The Lamborghini Aventador has a top speed of 217 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds. Russell Westbrook owns an orange Lamborghini Aventador as one of the exotics in his huge collection.
5 Expensive: Lewis Hamilton - Pagani Zonda
Lewis Hamilton could easily be called the best driver of his generation, having won the F1 World Championship a record four times. Lewis Hamilton has always been fond of speed even as he is on the race track. In 2007, he was suspended from driving in France for one month after he was caught speeding 122 mph on the French motorway. The vehicle that he was driving (Mercedes CLK) was also impounded.
Lewis has also had other incidences and was involved in a crash with his $2.1 million Pagani Zonda in 2015.
"It was a result of heavy partying and not much rest for 10 days," Hamilton was quoted commenting on the crash and his health, "I am a bit run down. I have been non-stop and trying to fit training in at the same time and not getting a lot of sleep," Lewis Hamilton told the BBC in an interview in 2015.
The Zonda has a 7.3-liter V12 engine which can produce up to 748-HP. It has a top speed of 218 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds.
4 Expensive: Serena Williams - Bentley Continental Supersports
Serena Williams is one of the most decorated female tennis players to ever grace the sport. According to Wikipedia, she has been ranked number one a record eight times from 2002 to 2017. She has a record of 33 slam titles in singles which ranks her third on the all-time list. There is no recent female player who has managed to clinch four grand slams consecutively. Serena Williams is known to push herself to the limit and has had a long and illustrious career which can be attributed to her level of physical fitness. She is currently married to Alexis Ohanian, who is the co-founder of Reddit.
Serena Williams is one of the highest paid female athletes. She is known to spend on luxury items and own a fleet of exotic cars. One that is of particular interest in the Bentley Continental Supersports. The car was a departure from the traditional Bentley vehicle. Under the hood, you get a 6.0-liter W-12 engine which can produce up to 700-HP and 750 lb-ft. The car has a top speed of 205 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. It currently retails at $299,000.
3 Expensive: Maria Sharapova - Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Maria Sharapova is another accomplished tennis player who has been very successful in the last decade. According to Wikipedia, Maria Sharapova has been ranked at number one by the Women's Tennis Association a record five times. She is the only Russian to ever achieve such a feat.
Her career has been hampered by injuries but she still has a lot ahead of her since she is only 31. Pundits have termed her as one of the best Tennis competitor's in the last 2 decades.
Other than Tennis, Maria Sharapova has had a successful modeling career. She currently works with Nike, Sports Illustrated, Canon, and Prince. She estimated to be worth $285 million with a huge chunk of her money coming from endorsements.
She drives the Porsche 911 Cabriolet. The car has been on the assembly line since 1963 and there have been more than 1 million copies sold ever since. According to Auto Express, the Porsche 911 Cabriolet is a more practical variant to drive. The roof can open up and close in under 13 seconds. The car has a starting price of $112,000 and has a 3.0-liter engine that can output up to 420-HP.
2 Expensive: Cristiano Ronaldo - Bugatti Chiron
It is hard not to know Christiano Ronaldo even if you don't follow soccer. According to Forbes, Christiano Ronaldo is the highest paid athlete in the world taking home $93 million in salary and endorsements. He has broken every record imaginable and still plays at the highest level despite being 34 years of age. He has won everything there is to be won in football and his hunger and determination is unrivaled in the sport. According to Espn, Christiano Ronaldo's personality has always been a subject of debate. There are those who think he is arrogant given the way he celebrates his goals. The Real Madrid star is heavily involved in charity. He does not have anybody tattoo and donates blood often.
He is also an avid car collector and there was a time he crashed his Ferrari while he was on his way to the training ground. He currently owns the Bugatti Chiron, which is one of the fastest vehicles in the world. The car was priced at $2.5 million when it first launched. It has a limited top speed of 261 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in under three seconds.
1 Expensive: Floyd Meather - Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
Floyd Mayweather has already gone down history books as being the best boxer of his generation. He is currently undefeated in 50 fights which is a record that is going to take a long time to be broken. According to Bleacher Reports, boxing purists don't count the fight against McGregor as a win since he has never been a professional boxer. Floyd Mayweather is known to be a big spender and he likes to pay for everything in cash. According to Business Insider, he would call his car dealer in the middle of the night and request for a car that had to be delivered the next day.
According to Jalopnik, Floyd Mayweather has a car collection that could be in the excess of $15 million. He is known to buy pairs of the same car. He has three white Bugatti Chiron and five white Bentleys.
He also owns the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. The Trevita is a limited edition sports car and only two units were made. Mayweather is said to have paid in excess of $4 million for the car in 2015. It has a top speed of 254 mph and can from 0 to 60 in under 2.9 seconds.
Sources: carnadriver.com, jalopnik.com, wikipedia.org, topseed.com