Footballers And Their wheels: More Money Than Sense?

Anyone with even basic knowledge of the game is likely to know that football’s superstars are very well-paid. Earning wages often in excess of £100,000 per week, the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will have plenty of spare cash to spend on whatever they desire, but when choosing a set of wheels, what are they likely to go for?

Some of the great (and not so great) of the game seem susceptible to going for the price tag and badge above things like looks, reliability and fuel economy that ordinary motorists are likely to go on. Here, we look at five examples of footballers with bad cars, showing that they have more money than sense!

Stephen Ireland

The controversial Stoke City midfielder, who hasn’t come close to living up to his early hype, clearly hasn’t spent his earnings too well. His Bentley GTC convertiblewith its garish white body and red trim is probably not helping him to rediscover his long-lost form on the field!


The wacky former Liverpool striker, now playing for Kuban Krasnodar in Russia, doesn’t do understated. His Chrysler 300C, a chunky luxury saloon, looks even more eccentric than usual thanks to its modified grill which resembles some kind of cobweb and a photo of a loved one on the hood!

Wayne Rooney

Whatever the Manchester United and England ace does, the world watches, especially his automotive history. Rooney might have a fleet of classy sports cars nowadays, but he once owned this rather ugly Ford Ka! Don’t be surprised if Robin van Persie et al tease him about it at Carrington Park!

El Hadji-Diouf

On the pitch, the Leeds United and former Senegal forward has done some pretty nasty stuff, but all that pales into comparison when you look at his gold-plated 4×4. Getting it done a few years back, it’ll be the first thing to grab anyone’s attention in the car park next to Elland Road.

Jermaine Pennant

Formerly on loan to any club you can name, Pennant’s most notable entry in his car history is an Aston Martin. While many other players have Astons, his was ruined by his decision to cover it in a chrome vinyl wrap, making it look like an oversized toy car more than anything else.