To be an athlete is to become a part of a select few. You’re looking at a community of people with extraordinary physical abilities. For most of them, they have spent a good number of years honing their skills. They would practice non-stop. They watch what they eat and when they eat. All of this to stay in top form.
If an athlete can do this, the sacrifices can definitely pay off big time. For starters, being ahead of everyone means that they could go on and win more medals than any other athlete in the past. This happens to be the case for former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps who currently holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals in individual events.
Once an athlete succeeds, you can say that the sky is the limit. Everyone wants to know what they’re like and who they like. Because of this, multi-million-dollar deals are suddenly made. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see some of your favorite athletes endorsing a particular brand on print, digital and television. It doesn’t matter if its clothes, shoes, bags, watch, water, food or even a car.
What many may not realize about these endorsement deals and other opportunities is that they result in an income stream that continues to flow for years. Hence, upon retirement, an athlete could very well afford to have a lavish lifestyle. And because of this, they also tend to splurge on some of the fanciest cars around. Just check out who we have on our list, enjoy!
22 Michael Jordan, Ferrari Testarossa
Without a doubt, Michael Jordan remains the most successful retired athlete of today. In fact, just in 2018, Forbes reported that the former Chicago Bulls star’s net worth had just gone from $350 million to a staggering $1.65 billion. This is due to his ownership of the Charlotte Hornets. At the same time, Jordan also continues to have a pretty powerful relationship with Nike.
When he's not busy running his businesses, Jordan can be seen driving several of his amazing cars. Among which is a Ferrari Testarossa, which uses a V12 engine that can deliver as much as 390 horsepower at 6,300 rpm. Moreover, it can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds.
21 Michael Phelps, Range Rover
Michael Phelps, without a doubt, is one of the best swimmers of all-time. This is a retired athlete who has managed to collect as many as 23 gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals throughout his amazing career.
On the road, Phelps is said to sometimes drive around in a Range Rover. This is a perfect SUV for someone with a young family. The 2019 Range Rover comes with a starting price of $89,160. Under its hood is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gas engine that can deliver 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
20 David Beckham, Bentley Bentayga
In the world of soccer, David Beckham remains a star. After retiring from the sport, he went on to become the owner of Salford City as well as the president of the Inter Miami CF.
Despite being famous, however, that doesn’t mean that Beckham is above the law. In fact, according to a report from Mail Online, Beckham had been caught going over the speeding limit while he was in London in January of 2018. While driving his black Bentley Bentayga, the 43-year old allegedly did 59 miles per hour in a zone with a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour.
19 Anna Kournikova, Cadillac Escalade
For retired tennis star Anna Kournikova, life couldn’t be better. The former professional tennis player has two adorable children which she shares with longtime partner Enrique Iglesias. Meanwhile, on the road, Kournikova can sometimes be seen going around in her Cadillac Escalade.
In case, you’re interested, the 2019 Escalade comes with a starting price of $75,195. Under its hood is a standard 6.2-liter V8 engine that can deliver as much as 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It also comes with features such as magnetic ride control, and automatic parking assist.
18 Scottie Pippen, Mercedes-Benz G Class
Scottie Pippen is a former NBA player that remained in the game for 17 long seasons. If you can recall, Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls and during his time, the team went on to successfully bring home six championships.
Today, Pippen is pretty much enjoying his success. From time to time, he has been spotted driving around in a Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Now, in case you’re curious, this ride currently comes with a starting price of $134,000. It comes with a 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo engine that delivers 416 horsepower.
17 Laila Ali, Range Rover
Laila Ali is a successful former professional boxer, much like her father Muhammad Ali. Today, she is a devoted mother, author, lifestyle expert and home chef. And with an estimated net worth of $10 million, according to Born Rich, it’s no surprise that Ali can afford to splurge on some fancy cars.
Quite recently though, Ali and her car got caught up in an incident in Los Angeles. According to a report from the Mail Online, she had accidentally hit an elderly male pedestrian while backing up her Range Rover from a parking lot.
16 Kobe Bryant, Ferrari F430
Kobe Bryant is one basketball legend that NBA fans still miss today. After all, we’re talking about the guy who played the game extremely well for 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Since his retirement, Bryant has been enjoying life as a dedicated father and husband. Sometimes, you can catch him driving around in his Ferrari F430. According to Ferrari, “The F430 is inspired by the car’s exceptional engineering and Formula 1. The F430’s nose, characterized by two distinctive air intakes, draws inspiration from the Ferrari 156 F1 that Phil Hill drove to his 1961 F1 World Championship title.”
15 Reggie Bush, Lamborghini Aventador
Reggie Bush is a former running back in the NFL that just received quite a hefty settlement in 2018. In fact, according to a report from the ESPN, the Los Angeles Rams had been ordered to pay Bush $12.45 million in damages for the knee injury he suffered back in 2015.
Today, Bush is certainly living the good life. In fact, one of the cars in his garage is a Lamborghini Aventador. According to Celebrity Cars Blog, he was spotted getting into this car leaving a West Hollywood gym.
14 Roger Clemens, Hummer
As you may know, Roger Clemens is a former professional baseball player. Nicknamed “Rocket,” Clemens played for four teams in Major League Baseball throughout 24 seasons. These included the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox.
According to a report from Associated Press, Clemens received an orange Hummer from the New York Yankees in celebration of his 300th win. Unfortunately, the said car was stolen in 2005 when Clemens’ son took the Hummer to school and left it unlocked.
13 Karl Malone, Dodge Charger
Even several years after going into retirement, things are surely looking up for former NBA player Karl Malone. Once a power forward for the Utah Jazz, Malone has now transformed himself into one of the most successful businessmen around today. In fact, according to a 2012 report from Deseret News, Malone owned several restaurants, a cattle ranch and a couple of condos. Aside from that, Malone also owns his very own dealership.
According to the website, the Karl Malone Auto Group specializes in selling Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, RAM, Mitsubishi, and Toyota vehicles. This is probably why Malone has been spotted driving a Dodge Charger.
12 Allen Iverson, Lamborghini Murcielago
Now, especially if you’ve been watching the NBA for a long time, you would be familiar with the name Allen Iverson. Also known as “The Answer,” Iverson played point guard and shooting guard for 14 years, with most of the seasons spent with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Right after retirement, you could say that Iverson was living the life. After all, he was driving around in a Lamborghini Murcielago. However, Iverson ended up in some trouble with the police back in 2011. According to a report from Business Insider, his Lambo was found to have an expired plate. The car was subsequently towed.
11 David Coulthard, Mercedes-Benz GLS Class
David Coulthard is someone who continues to be prominent in the world of racing today. Coulthard is a former Formula 1 driver who raced against the likes of Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and former teammate Damon Hill. Today, Coulthard remains as enthusiastic about cars as ever.
According to a report from The Sunday Times, one of the cars in his life is a Mercedes-Benz GLS Class. And in case you’re interested, the 2019 GLS comes with a starting price of $70,150. Under the hood of this SUV is a 3.0-liter V6 bi-turbo engine that delivers 362 horsepower.
10 Angelo Taylor, Chevrolet Camaro
Angelo Taylor is a former track & field athlete who had represented Team USA in as many as four Olympic games. In fact, according to his records from Team USA, Taylor had participated in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic games, earning three gold medals and one silver medal throughout his career.
According to the YouTube channel Beautiful Program, Taylor is said to be driving a Chevrolet Camaro. And in case you want one for yourself, the starting price for the 2019 Camaro is $25,000.
9 Tamika Catchings, Lexus SUV
Among women who play basketball, Tamika Catchings is a true star. Now a retired professional WNBA player, Catchings had played as a forward for the Indiana Fever from 2002 to 2016.
During her final season, Catchings was gifted with a Lexus SUV. As she had written on her blog, “Jim Morris presented an awesome captured drawing of me AND a $100,000 check from PS&E to my Catch the Stars Foundation, while Fuson capped the speakers and had a BRAND NEW LEXUS SUV pulled into the building. I couldn’t even believe it. For the first time in my life, I was literally speechless.”
8 Charles Barkley, Lincoln Navigator
Charles Barkley is another NBA legend that is hard to forget to this day. After all, we are talking about someone who is among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Barkley may have spent a good number of seasons playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, but he also played for the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets. After a successful basketball career, Barkley went on to become an Emmy-winning television personality.
And with all that success, it seems that Barkley went ahead and splurged on a Lincoln Navigator. According to the Celebrity Cars Blog, Barkley had been spotted pulling up to the studios in New York City back in 2011 with the ride.
7 Thomas Jones, Rolls-Royce Phantom
Thomas Jones is a former football star who had played as a running back in the NFL for 12 long seasons. After leaving the sport, Jones went on to try his hand at acting. And so far, today, he appeared in a number of movies including “A Violent Man,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “9 Rides,” “Corbin Nash” and “Runaway Island.”
When driving around town, Jones can sometimes be seen behind the wheel of his Rolls-Royce Phantom. We’re talking about a car that is powered by a V12 engine that delivers 563 brake horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.
6 Gabrielle Reece, Land Rover Discovery
Gabrielle Reece is a former professional volleyball player who successfully shifted careers upon retirement. In fact, she has since appeared in television series such as “Men’s Health Minutes,” “8 Simple Rules,” “Cybill,” “The Extremists,” and “Arli$$.”
Based on several photos, Reece can be seen going around town in a Land Rover Discovery. It also happens to be a car that Reece once shot a commercial with. And in case you’re interested, the 2019 Discovery comes with a base price of $52,600. Under its hood is a 3.0-liter Si6 gasoline engine that can deliver as much as 340 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 to 5,000 rpm.
5 Magic Johnson, Bentley Bentayga
Magic Johnson is a true basketball legend that nobody can ever forget. We’re talking about someone who went from being a Los Angeles Lakers point guard to the current President of Basketball Operations for the said team.
For Johnson, the transition from the basketball court to a cushy office has been quite smooth. After all, he’s now cruising around in a Bentley Bentayga. Under its hood is a 6.0-liter W12 petrol engine that can deliver as much as 600 brake horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.
4 Nico Rosberg, Audi RS4
Nico Rosberg is perhaps known as the champion Formula 1 driver who decided to retire from the sport too soon. And today, it seems he still has no plans to suit up again just yet. As he had told The Sunday Times, “For now, I have no plans to pull on a racing suit, be it Formula One, Le Mans or anything else.”
In his garage, Rosberg owns a number of pretty impressive cars. One of which is an Audi RS4. Of the car, he remarked, “I would drive that, top down, around the mountains behind Monaco. I’ve always been OK on the road — I don’t need to go flat out because I’ve had the racetrack to go crazy.”
3 Danica Patrick, Lamborghini Gallardo
Danica Patrick is a former professional racecar driver who has definitely done well for herself over the years. In fact, a report from Heavy reveals that Patrick now has an estimated net worth of around $60 million. Certainly, that means she has the room in her budget for a lot of amazing toys.
According to the Celebrity Cars Blog, one of Patrick’s most prized possessions is a Lamborghini Gallardo. In fact, she was spotted gassing up her beloved Italian car with racing fuel.
2 David West, BMW M5
It wasn’t that long ago when David West had announced his retirement from the NBA. Back on August 30, 2018, the Golden State Warriors forward took to Twitter and posted, “After 15 seasons, I have decided to retire from the game of basketball. I am humbled and thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, organizations, and fans throughout this experience.”
And although West has already walked away from basketball, you can sometimes catch him driving around in his beloved BMW M5, according to a report from the website FinApp.
1 Shaquille O'Neal, Ferrari 456 GTA
Shaquille O’Neal is former NBA basketball star who spent time playing for the Los Angeles Lakers as well as the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and the Boston Celtics. After he left the game, O’Neal went on to become a television host as well as a sports analyst for “Inside the NBA” on TNT.
When he wants to have some fun, O’Neal can sometimes turn to his assortment of rides. Among them is a custom Ferrari 456 GTA. O’Neal badly needed the custom job because, without it, it would have been hard for him to fit inside.
Sources: FinApp, Twitter, Associated Press, Business Insider & Celebrity Cars Blog