Lionel Messi is the best footballer to have ever lived. He is also one of the richest athletes to have ever lived, and although he must spend a good portion of his £500,000 weekly wage on the usual things - you know, houses, children’s toys and the weekly Lidl food shop - he also likes to indulge his passion for motors.
The Argentine has enough money in the bank to buy whatever car he wants, in fact he could buy two Bentley Continental GT’s every week if he skimped on the food shop, but what cars does the six-time Ballon d’Or winner actually drive? Let’s take a look inside Messi’s garage...
Dodge Charger SRT8, £45,000
The classic American muscle car, perhaps not what you expect from Messi. Made famous thanks to Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker in the iconic Fast and Furious film series, the Dodge Charger was first released back in 1964. This exceptional, historic car has had many regenerations since then, but hasn’t lost touch with its roots.
Messi’s version, the SRT8 boasts a v8 engine that produces 425 bhp and can reach 171mph while SRT stands for Street and Racing Technology. Although Messi is unlikely to be seen bombing around the streets of Barcelona, this is still a seriously cool motor to have in your garage. Plus, it only costs £45k, meaning Messi could buy one of these every single day and still have £27k to spare.
Audi R8 Spyder, £120,000
One of his quickest road cars, the Audi R8 Spyder can do 0-60mph in a ridiculous 3.3 seconds. In many ways, this Audi R8 is an old-school supercar with a fearsome v12 engine. Forget fancy tech and gull-wing doors, this is a car built for speed and can hit 200mph. It is still one of the finest looking supercars on the market and if Messi needed any more attention, it would certainly draw more eyes his way.
Thanks to Barcelona’s sponsorship with Audi, Messi also owns an A7 and a Q7, nice work, or as they say in Audi land, ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’...
Mercedes SLS AMG, £200,000
These cars are becoming more expensive and more indulgent as we progress. Next up is the Mercedes SLS AMG, a car with huge power, which looks like it should belong to NASA rather than Messi. This rocketship of a car has a remarkable retractable rear wing, which automatically goes up at 70mph to provide the car with more downforce through the corners.
In terms of self-indulgence, gull wing doors are perhaps the most outlandish feature a car can have and this only adds to the spaceship vibe. It looks awesome but the power is perhaps the biggest talking point, as it can hit 196mph thanks to its 6.2L V8 engine. With only two seats, the kids will have to stay at home when Messi takes this one for a spin.
Pagani Zonda Roadster £1.5m
Now this is the kind of car you expect one of the highest paid players in the world to own. Ridiculous, almost undriveable and expensive. The Pagani Zonda Roadster cost £1.5m (or three weeks wages to Mr Messi) and cannot even be driven on the roads.
Only 40 of these were ever made, so Messi is part of an exclusive club who own one of these beauties. One of the most striking supercars, the Pagani Zonda is seriously quick. We know the 33-year-old is a speed freak with a ball at his feet but this version from Pagani can hit 217mph on the track. The most expensive car in his garage is now a collector’s item as Pagani stopped making Zondas in 2017, so Messi would likely make a profit if he were ever to part way with this one.
1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti £30m (Or maybe not)
How about a mythical tale to end? Lionel Messi went viral back in 2016 after he ‘reportedly’ paid £30m at auction for a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti driven by none other than Stirling Moss in the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix. This is a true piece of sporting history, hence the hefty price tag and the mystery buyer was thought initially to be the best footballer on the planet.
However, Messi refuted these claims at the time with a cheeky Instagram post. He simply put the caption ‘My New Car’ while holding up a model of Lightning McQueen from the Cars films. Although the true owner remains unverified, the Messi rumour was fun while it lasted. But the four-time Champions League winner doesn’t really have this piece of sporting memorabilia in his garage. Or does he...