Some are blessed with talent while some work hard to make it large. Sportspersons are not made in a day. Being a sports professional isn’t that glamorous, it needs tremendous passion, hard work and agility. Great athletes endured tremendous failure in their early years and attributes they learned from those failures actually helped them to become champions. And after leading not so normal life it’s their right to get paid above than normal.
Sports professional spend a chunk of money to lead a luxurious life, to maintain the status quo. The earnings of a sportsperson are variable depending on their choice of sport and the inherent qualities of the player. Most of us will spend a lifetime trying to fix together a tiny fraction of what they’ve earned and achieved in their early 20s. Today, sporting activities are paying enormously to their star players. NBA players are the highest-paid athletes in the world with the average player making $4.6 million during the 2014-15 season of NBA, according to data provided by Sporting Intelligence.
Nowadays, sportspersons are not only getting paid from their respective sports but also escalating pay-outs from domestic and international commercial agreements, kit deals, sponsors, Champions League, and an influx of wealthy ownership groups have resulted in surging sports-professionals wages around the world.
Professionals like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Virat Kohli, Mike Tyson, David Beckham, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Shaquille O’Neal among others have tasted the success like no other players. Their incredible success translates to A-list lifestyle in spectacular homes featuring shark tanks, panic rooms, car elevators—and things you can’t even imagine in your single lifetime. Their possessions are endless. Here, DSport has listed down 10 prodigious homes and cars of living sports legends.
David Beckham, London
Spend it like Beckham. The former Manchester United soccer legend has a 9,000-square-foot Victorian mansion in London’s Kensington. The king size mansion, they say is, not less than any palace. The five stories home boasts of eight bedrooms, gym, spa, massage quarters, panic room, and a reported $8 million renovated air-conditioning system (inching the investment close to $58 million). This is definitely a dream home for us.
Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Spain
Reigning as the world’s best footballer, Messi’s home shaped like a soccer ball. The FC Barcelona striker hired Spanish architect Luis de Garrido to design the cylindrical, three-level dwelling which showcases wooden terraces, hexagonal sectors, massive pool yard, green-roof garage, and a half grass/half solar-mirrored roof that represents the geometrics of a soccer ball. Messi’s house in Barcelona is one of the most gorgeous on the planet
Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid, Spain
Ronaldo the soccer icon owns a $7.1 million minimalist mansion with sleek interiors. His mansion includes seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and some very questionable decoration. He owns several exotic cars that cost millions of dollars. Some of his choicest cars are Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Ferarri, and Aston Martins.
He also owns a private jet, a Gulfstream G200 business jet that cost him about $17 million to acquire. All these put together make him the richest footballer in the world with a net worth of $330 million.
Roger Federer, Wollerau, Switzerland
The 19-time Grand Slam champ’s estimated net worth is $478 million. Roger Federer’s collection of cars is huge. He owns a fleet of some of the best luxury cars in the world like Mercedes S-Class, Range Rover and Ferrari. He lives in glass mansion along Lake Zurich in his native Switzerland which costs approximately $9.2 million.
Serena Williams, Jupiter, Florida
Not behind any men sports-star, the queen of tennis’s estimated net worth is $148.3 million. Serena owns luxurious cars in the world like Range Rover, Aston Martin, Mini Cooper, Bentley, and Ferrari. Her two pads in Palm Beach Gardens—a 10,687-square-foot estate she shares with her sister Venus, and this $2.5 million five-bedroom home (7,370 square feet) on 1.25 acres with tennis court and pool.
Shaquille O’Neal, Windermere, Florida
Shaquille O’ Neal is a retired American basketball player. As of the moment, his estimated net worth is at $350 million. The king lives in a 70,000-square-foot mega mansion adorned with chandeliers, a 30-foot-wide bed, and Superman insignias. The home’s estimated value is $8 million.
Michael Jordan, Jupiter, Florida
Former American professional basketball player, active businessman, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Jordan has an estimated net worth of $1.31 billion as of July 2017, according to Forbes. He lives in a 28,000-square-foot mansion which has 18 structures, 11 bedrooms, a lavish athletic complex with basketball court and gym, a two-story guard tower to protect him from bitter Knicks fans (or Isis), and a media room that powerfully ventilates cigar smoke during Jordan’s high-stakes poker games.
Tiger Woods, Jupiter Island, Florida
Tiger Woods is one of the most accomplished golfers of all time. Tiger Woods net worth as of 2017 is $740 million. His lucrative endorsement deals and tournament winnings add up to a hefty net worth. Woods’ 16,127-square-foot Jupiter Island mansion is more hazardous than most homes. His 3.5-acre backyard is a personal four-hole golf course landscaped with trees, fairways, and sand traps. It’s reportedly worth up to $60 million.
Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai, India
The “GOD” of cricket and also considered the greatest batsman of all time with the most number of world records to his name holds a net worth of $115 million. Sachin owns cars like Ferrari, BMW and Benz. Few cars were personally purchased by him and few were gifted through Sponsors. The “GOD” of cricket lives in a luxurious designer shell shaped house that is spread over 6,000 square feet and costs around Rs. 80 crores.
Virat Kohli, India
Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, 28, has been ranked 89th on the 2017 Forbes list of ‘The World’s highest-paid athletes’ with a total pay of $ 22 million that includes $ 3 million from salary and winnings and another 19 million from endorsements. Virat Kohli is an Audi fan and owns four Audis, one of which is the fastest Audi ever made till date. Can I have a ride please! 😛