Being a modern-day sports star will almost certainly equate to millions of dollars in the bank. No longer are the money-making potential of athletic superstars constrained to salaries and bonuses; it now extends to endorsements and image rights, and for the savvy among them, some smart investments, too.
So, what to do with all that money? Invest in property in Canada? or what about sports betting Canada? It’s important to only use licensed and regulated sportsbooks to ensure the safety and security of your funds and personal information. The most popular sports to bet on in Canada include hockey, football, basketball, and baseball. However, for the car fanatics among them, building up a car collection sounds like a pretty good bet. Here are five sports stars who have built up some very enviable garages.
Floyd Mayweather Jr
One of the greatest boxers of all time is also the sport’s wealthiest having made around $1.1 billion in prize money, and for someone as flashy as Mayweather it was inevitable that he would splurge a portion of his many millions on cars.
The unbeaten fighter has two car collections, at his home in Los Angeles and the other at his residence in Las Vegas worth an approximate £20 million.
Among his collection include a four Bugatti Veyrons, five Rolls Royces, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Ferrari 488, and a Mercedes G63 AMG. Something tells us that ‘Money’ Mayweather isn’t done adding to his garage just yet.
Arsenal captain Aubameyang recently signed a new £350,000 per week contract – and it’s a good job he has a lucrative deal to satisfy his passion for expensive cars.
The Gabonese striker owns an extensive car collection that has grabbed headlines for his decision to wrap many of his vehicles in gold, silver, and chrome-rainbow.
Aubameyang’s collection includes a selection of Lamborghinis: two Urus 4x4s, an Aventador and a Huracan Spyder, and four Ferraris – a LaFerrari, an 812 Superfast, a Spyder and a 458 Italia.
He also owns a Porsche Panamera Turbo Techart, a Range Rover Sport Mansory, an Audi R8 V10, and a Aston Martin DB9 Volante 2.
Even since long retiring, former England, Manchester United, and Real Madrid star Beckham remains one of the most famous athletes, indeed men, on the planet. With an estimated net worth of around £300m and a love of cars, you know Beckham is going to have an incredible collection.
Beckham has owned a range of stunning cars over the years. In the late 1990s, when he was the biggest sports star in the world, he purchased a 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello.
It may have been his first Ferrari but it wasn’t to be his last: Beckham later added a 360 Spider, a 575 Maranello, a 612 Scaglietti and an F430 Scuderia to his collection.
Becks’ love of Italian sports cars is not limited to Ferrari as the football star has also owned Porsches, including a 1969 911 and a 2008 997 Convertible. Among his other cars over the years include two McLarens – a 2013 MP4-12C Spider and a 720S – a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead, a Hummer H2, a Bentley Bentayga, and a 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack Volante.
LeBron James is the greatest basketball player of his generation and undoubtedly one of the best scorers, leaders, and the best small forward in the history of NBA according to BetAmerica.
As such he is paid handsomely for his talents: his LA Lakers contract is worth $154 million over four years and he has a lifetime deal with Nike that could end up being worth $1 billion.
LeBron is well known for his generosity and philanthropy, but he also likes to treat himself to a few sets of wheels, too.
Among his collection is a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster designed with a custom paint job to match his signature shoe, three Ferraris – a 599, a 458 Spider, and a F430 Spider – two Maybachs – a Mercedes-Benz Maybach 57S and an S650 – a Porsche 911 Turbo S and a Rolls Royce Phantom.
As the best racecar driver in the world who takes home a minimum annual salary of $54m, it’s only right that Hamilton boasts a car collection to match his status and wealth.
Hamilton owns around 15 cars which are divided between his residence in Monaco and a garage he rents in Los Angeles. Of those cars, he describes eight of those cars as “special” – or to put into other terms, collectibles.
Those include a 2010 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, a 2012 Pagani Zonda 760LH, a 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari, a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, a 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, a 2015 McLaren P1, and most recently a 2020 Mercedes-AMG One worth £2.2m and will be delivered to Hamilton in 2021. For free. That’s what happens when you win six Formula One titles for the company.
There you have it, 5 stars in different sports industries that have big, totally insane car collections. Which one do you envy the most?