Aside from actors, singers, dancers, and other performers, athletes have also become celebrities in their own right. Every time there’s a game on, hundreds and thousands of fans flock to see their favorite players and cheer their teams on.
Today, various types of sports have become increasingly popular. According to the website World Atlas, the most popular sport in the world is currently soccer, with as many as four billion fans. This is followed by cricket with 2.5 billion fans, field hockey with two billion fans, tennis with one billion fans, volleyball with 900 million fans, table tennis with 875 million fans, basketball with 825 million fans, baseball with 500 million fans, rugby with 475 million fans, and golf with 450 million fans. Aside from these, there are also other pretty popular sports such as NFL football, boxing, ice hockey, cycling, badminton, swimming, wrestling, gymnastics, skiing, handball, MMA, horse racing, and of course, racecar driving.
In all of these sports, highly successful athletes pretty much get to have it all. They receive multi-million-dollar contracts along with highly lucrative endorsement deals. And with all this fortune comes big mansions and a whole bunch of shiny new toys. Aside from that, athletes who are at the top of their game also become rather conscious about how they (and their entourage) get around.
And so, they set out to purchase various transportation options so that they can always travel in style. Just how do today’s most powerful athletes travel? Check out these photos to get a better idea.
25 James Harden, Chevrolet Camaro
James Edward Harden Jr. is an NBA star who is currently playing for the Houston Rockets. When he’s not on the court, Harden can be seen driving around in his very own custom Chevrolet Camaro SS, which comes with a nice matte yellow finish. And of course, it’s got the signature black racing stripes, too. According to a report from The News Wheel, Harden’s Camaro SS is using a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine that can easily crank out 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Moreover, it can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds.
24 Floyd Mayweather, Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
In the world of boxing, Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. is the man to beat, although he's retired. According to a profile from Forbes, the 41-year-old boxer already has $285 million in 2018 earnings. To celebrate, he once got a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. According to Koenigsegg, “The Trevita was originally intended to be a limited edition of three examples. The white carbon fibre used for the Trevita made the car extremely difficult and time consuming to manufacture, however, and a decision was taken to make the car even more exclusive and limit the number of Trevitas made to just two.”
23 Cristiano Ronaldo, Bugatti Chiron
Aside from the Audi R8, Ronaldo also has other amazing toys in his garage, one of which is an incredibly fast Bugatti Chiron. Based on various reports, it seems that Ronaldo spent anywhere between $2.5 to $3 million on this ride. The Real Madrid star went for a Chiron in gray and black two-tone. Posting a video of the car on social media, the soccer star referred to the car as the “new animal in the building.” According to a report from Motor 1, Ronaldo had also previously purchased a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse in 2016.
22 Floyd Mayweather, Bugatti Veyron
Aside from the Trevita, Mayweather had also decided to splurge on a Bugatti Veyron. In fact, he decided to buy several units of this model. However, Mayweather decided not to hold on to them for that long. According to a report from the website Fansided, the boxer decided to put two Veyron cars for sale back in 2017. One was a Veyron Grand Sport in satin white that he only ran for over 1,668 miles. The other was a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse in black that only traveled 1,041 miles.
21 Floyd Mayweather, Ferrari Enzo
Aside from the Trevita and Veyrons, Mayweather is also a proud owner of a red Ferrari Enzo. The Enzo boasts of a V12 engine with 660 horsepower and around 485 pound-feet of torque. According to a report from BBC, Mayweather had put up his Ferrari Enzo for sale back in 2015. It’s unclear who bought it but Mayweather’s personal car dealer Obi Okeke once remarked, “I got some crazy request from a 60-year-old man who wants to buy the car but only if he can lace up some gloves and spar in the ring with Floyd in his gym.”
20 Antrel Rolle, Maserati GranTurismo
Antrel Rocelious Rolle is an NFL star and former safety for the New York Giants. On the road, Rolle can sometimes be seen cruising around in his red Maserati GranTurismo. In case you’re wondering, the 2018 Gran Turismo boasts of a 4.7-liter V8 engine that can deliver as much as 460 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and around 384 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm. According to a report from the website Celebrity Carz, Rolle had his customized with 22-inch Forgiato Capolavaro rims. These are chrome rims that come with a red flange and red windows.
19 Yoenis Cespedes, Polaris SL
One of the most widely recognized baseball players today is Yoenis Cespedes, who is an outfielder for the New York Mets. Unfortunately, Cespedes is not expected to be playing during the 2019 season. According to a report from CBS Sports, the Cuban native is still recovering from surgery. During recovery, perhaps fans will catch him on one of his toys, one of which is a Polaris SL. This is a three-wheel motorcycle that currently comes with a starting price of $25,999, according to its manufacturer, Polaris.
18 Yoenis Cespedes, Ford F-250
When Cespedes is not recovering from surgery or injury, he can be seen driving around with some of his favorite toys. One of his faves is a white Ford F-250 that the baseball player had customized according to his preference. In fact, according to a report from Car Buzz, Cespedes spent as much as $30,000 to have his F-250 turned into a monster truck. In case you’re curious, the 2019 Ford F-250 has a starting price of $33,150. The Super Duty F-250 XL variant is utilizing a 6.2-liter V8 engine that can deliver 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.
17 Yoenis Cespedes, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Aside from the Ford F-250, Cespedes also has a specially customized Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. According to a report from the New York Post, the baseball player spent as much as $80,000 for this car. And soon as he got the car, Cespedes seemed very pleased with it, remarking, “That’s the first Jeep I’ve driven and it’s like a space ship.” In case you’re wondering, the 2018 JeepWrangler has a starting price of $27,945. It comes with a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that can produce 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
16 Yoenis Cespedes, Lamborghini Aventador
As you may have guessed, Cespedes is also a big fan of supercars. Hence, it’s only natural that he would get himself a Lamborghini Aventador. Just like Cespedes’ other vehicles, though, his Aventador has also undergone some customization. In fact, unlike other Aventador cars, the one that Cespedes drives is capable of spitting fire from its exhaust. Prior to the customization, Cespedes car is said to be worth at least $300,000, according to a report from the website nj.com. Following the custom job, we are guessing it would be worth a whole lot more.
15 Yoenis Cespedes, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
As you may have guessed by now, Cespedes is truly in love with cars. And so, it only makes sense that this baseball player is also a proud owner of an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. According to a 2016 report from CBS New York, Cespedes had driven his cherry red 8C Competizione to spring training. The 8C Competizione was produced from years 2007 to 2010. Although, according to a report from Auto Week, the 8C will be making a return and when it does, it will deliver 700 horsepower.
14 Dwyane Wade, McLaren MP4-12C
Now, you can’t be a true NBA fan without recognizing the name Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. This shooting guard and point guard currently plays for the Miami Heat. And when he’s off the court, he can be seen driving around hot cars. And in fact, Wade had received a McLaren MP4-12C as a gift for his 30th birthday. However, according to a report from CBS Sports, the NBA star had returned the car to the dealership in exchange for another vehicle. Today, it remains unclear what type of vehicle Wade chose during the exchange.
13 Cristiano Ronaldo, Audi R8
In the world of professional football, the name Cristiano Ronaldo is synonymous with success. In fact, Ronaldo’s team, Juventus F.C., recently beat AC Milan and won the Super Cup of Italy in Saudi Arabia. On the road, Ronaldo has been seen driving around in an Audi R8. It only makes sense that he’s got one since Audi is a generous club sponsor of Juventus. Today, the 2018 Audi R8 coupe comes with a starting price of $138,700. It comes with a standard 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine that can deliver 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.
12 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari California
At the moment, Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel is driving for his dream Formula 1 team, Ferrari. And off the track, it only makes sense that he would be seen with a Ferrari, too. In fact, he has been spotted behind the wheel of a Ferrari California. According to a report from the Daily Star, the driver from Germany got himself this car after he joined Scuderia Ferrari in 2015. Moreover, Vettel was also nice enough to purchase one for his father, too.
11 Wayne Rooney, Mini Cooper S
Wayne Rooney is a professional footballer from England who plays for the major league soccer club D.C. United. Previously, he has also played for the Everton club. According to the Premier League, Rooney has made 491 appearances, 208 goals, and 284 wins. He has also had 103 losses throughout his career. When on the road, Rooney can sometimes be seen driving around in his Mini Cooper S. The current Cooper S has a starting price of $25,900. It’s got a 2.0-liter engine that can deliver 189 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 207 pound-feet of torque at 1,350 rpm.
10 Wayne Rooney, BMW i8
Aside from the Mini Cooper S, D.C. United footballer Rooney has also been seen driving around in his BMW i8. According to BMW USA, the 2019 i8 comes with a starting price of $147,500. The 2019 i8 Coupe utilizes a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine that can deliver as much as 228 horsepower from 5,800 to 6,000 rpm and 236 pound-feet of torque at 3,700 rpm. A 2018 report from Auto Evolution revealed that Rooney offered his i8 up for sale. Apparently, he didn’t have much of a chance to drive it.
9 Serena Williams, Lincoln Navigator
In 2018, tennis star Serena Williams decided to team up with Lincoln. In fact, she became the official endorser of the Lincoln Navigator. In fact, she even starred in the Navigator’s 2018 ad campaign. And because of this, we believe that Williams has one in her garage. Williams says the Navigator is “like my new home.” She added, “I want what makes me feel most comfortable and what I feel most confident in driving, and I feel like the Navigator checks all of those boxes.”
8 LeBron James, Ferrari F430 Spider
Now, a true NBA fan would definitely recognize the name LeBron Raymone James Sr. Unfortunately, it seems the LA Lakers small forward may have to miss the playoffs due to his injury. Nonetheless, fans will be looking to spot him on and off the court. In fact, at some point, James was spotted driving around in his Ferrari F430 Spider. According to a report from Complex, the NBA star made the purchase back in 2008. Moreover, the car was reportedly customized by Unique Autosports to account for James’ height.
7 Lewis Hamilton,1966 Shelby Cobra 427
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton is currently at the top of his career, having become the Formula 1 World champion five years in a row. When he’s not on the track, Hamilton indulges in his passion for classic cars. In fact, one of his previous purchases was a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427. During an interview with The Sunday Times, the driver said, “I found it and called Carroll Shelby to check it out for me. He said it was one of the best he’d seen in a long time, all original. Carroll died a month after I bought it.”
6 Lewis Hamilton, 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500
Aside from the 1966 Shelby Cobra, Hamilton also decided to splurge on a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500. Unfortunately, he is not so thrilled about this car. Regarding this purchase, he explained to The Sunday Times, “I got a ’67 Shelby Mustang GT500, because I’d seen Steve McQueen drive a Mustang in Bullitt. Beautiful car, but a heap of junk. The company did a good job on the paint job, but the rest of the car just isn’t very good, so I never drive it.”
5 J.R. Smith, Gurka F5
When you’re J.R. Smith, a successful shooting guard and small forward in the NBA, anything can pretty much happen. In fact, according to a report from Page Six back in 2013, Smith splurged on a Gurka F5 around the time that he scored a four-year deal with the New York Knicks that is worth $24 million. The Gurkha F5 is a tactical armored vehicle that is developed by Terradyne Armored Vehicle in Canada. It’s basically a modern tank that’s all business.
4 Dwyane Wade, Yacht
Now aside from fancy cars, it seems Dwyane Wade has also decided to splurge on a yacht for himself and his family. In fact, according to the Yachting magazine, the NBA star celebrated his 32nd birthday aboard the majestic 130-foot Venetian Lady. The yacht glowed with the words “Way of the Wade” for the occasion. On social media, Wade posted, “Early birthday bash for me in Miami on this amazing yacht.. #TeamWade and @liningusa know how to make a guy feel special. Thanks to all my teammates and EVERY1 who came out… Moments like this I’ll never forget.”
3 Lewis Hamilton, Bombardier Challenger 605
Now, did you really expect Formula 1 star to fly commercial around the world? Of course not, especially not when he owns a red-hot Bombardier Challenger 605. With the Challenger 605 having a price tag of around $25 million, it’s likely that Hamilton paid a bit more for his Challenger 605. Moreover, the website Private Jet Fan estimates the cost of ownership for this jet to be around $4 million per year. According to some reports, it seems that Hamilton had avoided tax when he purchased his red jet with the help of shell companies. In fact, the racecar driver even got caught up in the Paradise Papers controversy because of it.
2 Conor McGregor, Cessna 560XL Citation Excel
Conor McGregor is a mixed martial artist that knows how to live in style. In fact, McGregor has been spotted traveling around in a gorgeous Cessna 560XL private jet. According to the website Airliners, this Cessna is a “small to mid size corporate jet” that has been in service since 1998. Running on two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW-545A turbofans, this jet has a maximum cruising speed of 35,000 feet at 795 kilometers per hour. Meanwhile, it can accommodate up to 10 passengers in the main cabin.
1 Lionel Messi, Embraer Legacy 650
Argentine football star Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini is, undoubtedly, one of the most successful athletes in the world today. According to Forbes, the FC Barcelona forward had as much as $111 in earnings in 2018. With all this fortune, Messi can definitely afford to travel in style. According to the website Marca, the footballer has an Embraer Legacy 650 jet which is valued at approximately $32.2 million. According to Embraer, the Legacy 650E has the “largest in-class cabin.” Moreover, it “provides unsurpassed comfort for up to 14 passengers over three cabin zones, complete with broadband connectivity and worldwide phone service.”
Sources: Premier League, BMW USA, The News Wheel, Forbes, Fansided, and New York Post.