Its official! Lionel Messi is the world's highest paid footballer, overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo, with his €550000 a week after-tax salary, and an additional $24 million a year endorsement deal. Despite having been told how his height couldn't let him become much in this world, Messi didn't let that put him down. He took it as a challenge and went on to become one of the world's biggest football stars, and now has topped the Forbes list of the richest footballers in the world. The Argentine icon who plays for Barcelona as the captain after Andres Iniesta left the club, became the best-paid player in La Liga after agreeing to a new deal that extends his stay at the club until 2021.
His existing contract was set to expire in 2018, and it was never in doubt that he would end up landing such a major pay day, despite the disappointing World Cup where his national team crashed out at the last stage. With all that cash in his bank account, Messi can afford to buy any and everything his heart desires - mostly cars - which he has a huge collection of. Well, there are some that he actually didn't buy, he received as gifts or rewards for his hard work, and that of the entire team, but that doesn't mean he cannot afford to buy them himself.
There's even one that he actually outbid Ronaldo for during an auction, so his pockets run deep. Here are the cars in Messi's garage, some we can afford, and some we just can't dream of.
18 Can't Dream Of: Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale
Messi is one of the most expensive football players in the world and also the highest paid player. With all his money he can acquire any ride of is choice, in his garage he has a lot of cars one of them is a Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale. Messi often use car while he is in his home in Argentina. Stradale is light, more performance oriented and more powerful than standard cars.
The sport grand touring car is fitted with a 4.7-liter V8 engine under its hood and it produces a maximum of 444bhp and 510 Nm.
The power pushes the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and doesn’t stop at that point until it reaches a maximum speed of 301 km/h. The two-seater Italian masterpiece weighs about 1770 kg with fluids on board, a weight that was achieved by Maserati by throwing out sound and vibration insulation and back seats, and by putting carbon fibre racing bucket up front instead of the heavier regular item and by a few other routes.
17 Can't Dream Of: Ferrari F430 Spider
One of the Ferraris that the little number ten has in his garage is the F430 that was designed by Pininfarina with aerodynamics simulation programs that are used for Formula 1 cars. Only one button push is needed top the top of the car into its lascivious splash of aluminium bodywork in 20 seconds. The F30 is a performance car. Its 483-hp, 4.3-liter V-8 engine produces power that is enough to push the car from 0 to 60 in about 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of over 193 mph. The car has adjustable dampers that come with three settings and while cruising around the city, the car is supple and absorbent, rounding off the worst bumps with aplomb.
16 Can't Dream Of: Audi R8 V10
In this garage Messi also have an expensive R8 V10 which comes with a price tag of £109,765. This second generation Audi R8 comes only with one engine option – naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10.
However, the engine can be bought with two power levels – 533bhp R8 V10 or 602bhp R8 V10 plus and they both come as either a coupe or soft-top Spyder body.
The car’s active cylinder shutdown frequently engages on the motorway to allow one bank of cylinders to take five when the engine isn’t under load and it is virtually imperceptible when on duty. The interior of this car features a number of things and there is enough space to put stuff in the cabin though it has small cup holders between the seats, door pockets and sliding-lid cubby in front of the gear selector.
15 Can't Dream Of: Range Rover Vogue
It is on more than a few occasions that Lionel Messi has been spotted spinning a black Range Rover Vogue to and from the Camp Nou. This SUV is amazing since it comes with special add-ons such a boss Meridian Surround Sound System together with a 360 degree parking aid. Vogue comes with a cossetting air suspension, massive armchair seats and thick glass windows that makes it supremely comfortable to either drive in or be driven in. for off-roading abilities, the Vogue comes with Terrain Response 2 system that allows the deliver to choose what type of terrain he is on so that it can tune all the various systems. What makes work easy with this SUV include features like; All Terrain Progress Control and Hill Descent Controls.
14 Can't Dream Of: 1957 Ferrari Sport Spider Scaglietti
Many players love Ferrari. People like Ozil or John Terry have a lot of them and Messi also has one, though his is quite different from most of them. It is a car from the earlier generation but very beautiful. Messi owns the world most expensive car; the Ferrari 335 S spider Scaglietti.
This went for sale at an auction at an incredible amount.
According to reports from dailymail.co.uk Messi is said to have bought the car at £24 million. This car wasn’t intended for road use and therefore never had much on the inside. The car has only two seats since it was it was a racer car and could carry only one occupant. This car was powered by a 3.8-liter V-12 Tipo engine that produced 360-horsepower.
13 Can't Dream Of: Audi R8 Spyder
Messi and his Audi R8 Spyder have one thing in common – speed. Messi is one of the fastest footballers and the Spyder is perhaps the fastest in his car collection. This car is powered by the same naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 petrol engine used in the Lamborghini Huracan. The engine is paired to a fantastic 7 speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission that aids the power plant’s power into speed. With horsepower of 397, the power pushes the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and this demonstrates that the Spyder is a work of art. This car doesn’t need complex skill to tap the extraordinary potential. It has a precise steering and a firm ride, though not backbreaking. With this car, Messi has never had any better ride in Barcelona.
12 Can't Dream Of: Maserati Gran Turismo S
The Barcelona FC striker really loves Maserati and this is the second one in his garage. The Maserati Gran Turismo S was unveiled in 2008. Under the hood of this car is a 434bhp 4.7-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and they transform the car into an effortless vehicle to drive.
The Turismo design was aimed at providing the perfect blend of comfort and performance.
The car if fitted with one timing chain to reduce friction and noise under the hood. The Italian car is quite comfortable and is compliant on the motorway which is a real treat to thread through a sequence of corners.
11 Can't Dream Of: Land Rover Range Rover Sport
It is hard to miss a Range Rover in any celebrity’s garage, and Messi is one of them. Messi has been spotted occasionally behind the wheel of a white Range Rover Sport. The footballer is said to be using this British machine for daily chores including grocery shopping, even at one point spotted with his wife in it. The Range owned by Messi is a facelift model that made its debut back in 2014. This car comes with an option of either petrol or diesel engine, however that which Messi uses isn’t known. This SUV combines luxury, performance and unbeaten off-road ability. The Rover Sport is great to drive and it fully lives up to its name with strong performance and size-defying handling prowess.
10 Can't Dream Of: Audi RS Avant Performance
Another Audi car in Lionel Messi’s garage is the Audi RS Avant Performance that cost him 27,000 Euros to acquire. The luxury estate car has acceleration numbers that genuinely stagger the competition. The car is five meters long and weighs more than 2 tons. The speed of the Avant never feels like a savage but it is more than capable of gripping the road with its awesome power. The engine is full-on and unrelentingly urgent, however, until it gets into three figures then it will be flexible and brutishly potent on full load. The Avant’s accelerator is calibrated using judgement from the experts.
9 Can Afford: Mini Cooper S Cabriolet
The five time Ballon d’Or winner also goes simple with a Mini Cooper. This car might have a relatively low price tag, but it is a charismatic two-door that comes with agility and amazing styling.
The Cooper S is powered by a a 189-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels.
A six-speed automatic comes as an option. The power top of this car will take only 18 seconds to unlock the leisure of unlimited headroom. The interior of this car isn’t that great, but overall it is a fun ride.
8 Can Afford: Cadillac Escalade
The Cadillac Escalade would not be a bad choice for Messi who is a father of three. This is the choice car that most people love for the kind of features it comes with. The SUV provides room for eight passengers and has a tow rating that goes up to 8300 pounds. This is a luxury large vehicle. It is powered by a 420-hp V-8 mated to a 10-speed automatic that sends power to the rear wheels. All wheel-drive comes as an option. The Escalade is a symbol of high-class transportation to consumers hence its long-wheelbase ESV adds about 25 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.
7 Can Afford: Audi Q7
The other Audi that Messi has in his garage is a white Q7 that he was gifted by the club's sponsor, Audi. The Q7 is considered to be the nearly perfect balance of luxury, driving enthusiasm, refinement and high tech features. The car is powered by a 3.0-liter TDI V6 turbocharged diesel engine that produce a maximum of 245bhp and 600 Nm. The engine options in this car come with the Quattro all-wheel drive system. The Q7 is nicely crafted and extremely versatile making it one of the best SUVs. It features a high quality interior that is prefaced by its sophisticated sheet metal. This car shines on curvy roads and the silky ride that it offers soothes on rough roads. It comes with low-speed automated emergency braking which are standard.
6 Can Afford: Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius, in Messi’s garage? No way! This has come as a surprise to many who believe that superstars only drive supercars. The footballer at times would also like to go simple with normal cars like any other human. One thing that you should know is that Messi is one of the cool footballers and he has not only demonstrated that with his fashion but also with his choice of rides.
The Prius is not a bad choice for Messi, as it has been engineered in every possible way to help the driver.
Its side mirrors have indicators that alert the driver at the best moment to switch lanes. The car also comes fitted with windshield illumination that shows the speed at which the car is going. This helps the driver not to get distracted easily.
5 Can Afford: Lexus RX
Messi is one of the unique celebrities you will come across ranging from his football skills to his car collection. In his garage he owns a Lexus RX, which isn’t that popular among celebrities. However this vehicle is a plush-riding crossover and also a technological leap forward coming from its segment to defining predecessor. This car is powered by a 295-hp V-6 that is mated to an eight-speed automatic. It comes with a front-wheel drive system which is standard while the all-wheel drive is optional. Inside the RX is a cabin which has rich-looking features such the F Sport that adds sporty seats and handling upgrades.
4 Can Afford: Audi A7
Being a family man, Messi would like a vehicle which is reliable, spacious and luxurious and one of those cars that would provide him with those qualities is the Audi A7. Messi spends most of his time playing for Barcelona, a football club that Audi sponsors. Audi from time to time always gifts cars to some of the team members and that is where Messi got his A7. The sleek-looking car that Messi chose is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine which is a variant of sedan and produces a maximum 268bhp and 600Nm. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic that sends the power to the Quattro's all-wheel drive that performs a symphony. The A7 is fixed with standard features and incorporates a class-exclusive hatchback body together with a spacious cargo space.
3 Can Afford: 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8
If the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 is a muscle car then it is the road presentation of the kind of strength and speed that Lionel Messi displays on the football pitch.
A strong speedy footballer with a speedy muscle car is a just a perfect blend.
The SRT8 is fitted with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produce around a 470 count on both horsepower and torque. This car has a five-speed automatic which is the only automatic transmission that can send 500-hp only to the back wheels. The power pushes the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and goes to a maximum speed of 175 mph.
2 Can Afford: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
If there is one humble SUV that is commonly used by celebrities then it is the Toyota Land Cruiser. Since it is available through the CBU-import, this SUV got a premium price tag in India. The Barcelona Star received this car as a gift from Land Cruiser Prado after he had performed well in a football match. Under the hood of this vehicle is a 3.0-liter D4D diesel engine that produce a maximum of 170bhp and 410 Nm of torque. This car comes with excellent off-road and suburban ability together with a touch of luxury and a good number of options. This model has been in the market for quite some time but has received some updates with some styling to the front-end and the latest suite of safety technology.
1 Can Afford: Lexus LX570
The other SUV that sits in the Argentinian footballer's garage is the Lexus LX570. This SUV is all about luxury and pleasure and this are the kind of features that a footballer of his calibre needs in his ride. The big and spacious SUV is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that produce a total of 383 horsepower which is enough power to drive through a good and bad pavements without any difficulties. The engine is mated to a silky eight-speed automatic transmission. The LX570 comes with a standard full-time four-wheel drive. The vehicle has a classy cabin that can carry up to eight passengers and features many modern conveniences such as 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, optional rear-seat DVD entertainment, park assist and adaptive cruise control. This vehicle comes with a base price of $91,075.
Sources: caranddriver.com, cartoq.com, topspeed.com, drive.com