While the world is glued to the FIFA World Cup ’22, here’s a glimpse into the lives of our favourite footballers. Given their impressive earnings, it’s no surprise that many of them own the best of luxury, be it watches, cars, expensive clothes and more. While all of these are impressive collections, their lavish homes are what we love the most. Take a look at some of the most luxurious homes owned by footballers.
One of the richest footballers in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is a real estate investor. The Portuguese footballer currently owns as many as six homes around the world. Some of these include a US$1.8 million holiday home in Marbella, a US$9.7 million mansion in Madeira, a US$18.5 million apartment in Trump Tower, New York, a US$11 million penthouse in Lisbon, and a US$5 million home in La Finca.
While these are expensive properties, his most recent purchase is in the Cascais region of Quinta da Marinha, Portugal. It is his most expensive property costing almost US$11 million. A three-floor mansion located 40km from Lisbon, the home is spread across 2,720 square meters with an additional outdoor area of 544 square meters. The home is currently being redesigned and is expected to be ready by 2023.
For the longest time, Welsh footballer, Gareth Bale lived in a hotel. However, Bale soon moved into his own home where he currently resides, a £6.5 million mansion in La Finca, Madrid. The house sits in Pozuelo de Alarcón, only the most exclusive and expensive locality in La Finca, with personalities like Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane living nearby.
A 1,500-square-metre property built across two storeys, the home includes spaces such as a six-car garage, indoor pool, gym, two utility rooms and multiple terraces and porches. The property originally belongs to Brazilian footballer Kaka, with Bale renting it for a renting price of £10,000 per month.
English footballer Harry Kane moved into his London home in September 2018, where he currently lives with his wife Katie and their children Ivy, Vivienne and Louis. A plush £17 million mansion, Kane reportedly shells out £15,000 a week on rent, a price tag that makes sense given the cosy interiors of the home.
The massive mansion is spread across four floors and has about 20 plus rooms. These include seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a spa, a cinema room, a gym, a man cave, and staff quarters for his private security guards and personal chef.
Currently the second highest-paid footballer, Lionel Messi lives a comfortable life. The Argentinian player currently owns three homes across Barcelona, Ibiza and Rosario in Argentina. His current residence is a property in Barcelona, where he has resided for over a decade. He bought the property in 2009 for a price of US$2 million (US$7 million today). The large private compound hosted a gym, spa, theatre, pool, a large terrace for lounging and barbecuing, and a personal-sized soccer field. The interiors are decorated in cosy neutrals and boasted views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Catalan hills.
His most recent purchase was a US$11.18 million mansion in Ibiza, which is the most expensive property owned by him, aside from his US$30.5 million 4-star hotel in Catalonia, Spain. Built on three adjoining plots of land in a gated private estate, the Ibiza home is divided into three separate buildings, with somewhere between 20-25 rooms. The including bedrooms, living areas and other spaces like a cinema, a gym and yoga room, a conference room, and a massive underground garage with enough space for 15 cars.
Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr. is one of the few players with the highest number of properties to his name. At the start of his career itself, the footballer invested in three properties in São Paulo– a US$750,000 triplex, a US$150,000 apartment and a US$2 million mansion. He also owns a US$1 million mansion in Beverly Hills which he rents out for US$7,000 per night. In addition to these, he also owns a six-bedroom mansion near Rio de Janeiro which he bought in 2017 for US$10 million. The 10,100-square-metre mansion is fitted with uber-luxurious amenities like a massage room, a spa, a sauna, a heated jacuzzi, a tennis court, a large gym, and an underground cellar that can store up to 3,000 bottles, as well as a jetty and a helipad.
When in Paris, Neymar lives in a five-storey 1,000 square metres house worth an estimated US$7.7 million, which he rents for US$16,600 per month. Adding to his list of properties, the footballer bought another mansion in Brazil in December last year, for an estimated US$3.25 million. The property has seven bedrooms, a large swimming pool, a squash court, a cocktail bar, a panoramic lift between floors, and a 20-car garage.