Footballers have a predilection for cars that go fast, are expensive and don’t go unnoticed. But are they enlightened amateurs in the automotive field? Some football players have made remarkable acquisitions. Here is an overview of the classic cars that distinguish footballers who are truly passionate about beautiful cars from others.
Lionel Messi's Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti (1957)
Lionel Messi bought a Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti (1957) at auction in 2016. Legend has it that the Argentinian footballer bought the car at the expense of Cristiano Ronaldo, for the modest sum of 32 millions of euros. Equipped with an exceptional 390HP V12 (Tipo 140 of 3.8 liters), this Ferrari 335S has an exceptional track record, which explains part of its price. She entered on March 23, 1957 at the 12 Hours of Sebring, in the hands of Peter Collins and Maurice Trintignant, then at the Mille Miglia where she finished second. She then entered the most prestigious endurance race: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti is therefore the choice of a wise investor.
Eric Cantona's Rolls-Royce Corniche (by JoneOne)
Is Cantona passionate about vintage cars? It is indeed a Rolls-Royce Corniche from 1984 that the former Mancunian football player offered at auction during an Artcurial sale (2013) on behalf of the Abbé Pierre foundation. He had had it previously customized (live on a television set) by the street artist JonOne. The result may seem questionable to a car collector. The Rolls Corniche in convertible version is indeed a work of art in itself, particularly rare and elegant. It might have deserved a more elaborate enhancement?
The Shelby GT500 of Djibril Cissé (1967)
Ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cissé owns a rare find, an authentic 1967 Shelby GT 500. This model was designed by former driver Carroll Shelby on the basis of a Ford Mustang. It sells so rarely that its price is beyond comprehension for a Ford Mustang (200-250,000 USD in the United States). The Shelby GT500 is equipped with a 428 cu in (7.0 L) “Ford Cobra” FE Series V8 engine with two Holley four-barrel carburetors delivering some 355HP. 2,048 Shelby GT500s were produced in 1967, of which a limited number remains. For real muscle car enthusiasts.
John Terry's Ferrari 275GTB
The former Chelsea captain (the Blues) could only acquire a blue Ferrari. And as he is fond of old Ferraris, he bought a Ferrari 275GTB in 2015. Produced between 1964 and 1968, the Ferrari 275 GTB has a 3.3-liter V12 engine developing between 280 and 300 horsepower under the hood. Some versions are made of aluminum and their body is of variable length. Valued between 2 and 4 million euros depending on the model, the Ferrari 275GTB are reserved for a small number. John Terry has a collection of Ferraris which includes other spectacular models, such as the Ferrari Enzo a Ferrari Testa Rossa … a true enthusiast!
Antoine Griezmann's Corvette Stingray (1969)
The history of Griezmann’s corvette is not well known, other than that he presented the car to the press in 2017. Its chrome paint is not exactly original. We imagine that the French striker from Barcelona will have taken the big block version, which in 1969 developed some 435CV. It was a golden period for Chevrolet, in the midst of the muscle car wars with Ford, Plymouth and Dodge. The power of Chevrolet Corvettes decreased from 1971 under the effect of new anti-pollution standards in the United States. It was also a relatively popular model and is still accessible today. So a very good choice for « Grizou ».
The Seat 600 of Sergio Ramos
More suprisingly, here is Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) at the wheel of his Seat 600. It is a family gift, personalized with his initials and jersey number, “SR4”. The Real Madrid defender seems a little uncomfortable in front of such a modest car. And yet, the Seat 600 is a real collector, symbol of the recovery of Spanish industry after the war (“the Spanish miracle”). Manufactured in Spain from May 1957 to August 1973 under Fiat license, it became an icon of the time. Almost 800,000 were produced, exceeding the number of Fiat 600 produced. A patriotic choice for Sergio Ramos!