Soccer players and their cribs go hand in hand as much as strawberries and cream. With the amount of money they make they can evidently buy whatever property strikes their fancy, and they seem to have the mentality of "bigger is better". Due to their homes, these rich individuals are the envy of many across the world thanks to their lavish pads.
In addition to this, the media frenzy that goes with the territory they own is further supported by their attractive wives who grab the attention of the paparazzi just as much as their homes do.
You will find an Aladdin’s cave of fine art, shark infested tanks not to mention pimped out pools lying inside. Soccer players certainly know how to style their pads. Money is no object as every star fights tooth and nail in order to establish the most expensive property. This is of course funded by exorbitant wages which has recently seen Wayne Rooney sign a brand new deal worth more than $20 million per season.
At present, salaries are on the rise with annual wages into the tens of millions of dollars. In this way, soccer players can pick and choose which property they wish to purchase. Whether it's a home with a view of the city or an estate on the edge of the water, these individuals search out their perfect home because they can afford it.
From plush estates and extensive mansions to rooftop city apartments, check out below which homes made it onto this list. These properties and homes owned by soccer players will undoubtedly leave you wishing you owned it instead of these athletes.
10 Stephen Ireland, Stoke City Football Club: $2.5 Million
Former Aston Villa journeyman Stephen Ireland has been round the block in soccer terms. Yet he has managed to bag himself an impressive pad all the same. He is the proud owner of a host of vehicles from a $150,000 Range Rover to a lavish Audi R8 compete with Superman emblem. Based in Prestbury, some of his neighbours include Manchester United starlet Wayne Rooney who has just signed a whopping $500,000 a week deal. Ireland's property includes a 10 plus metre indoor swimming pool, six beds, private cinema and billiards room.
9 Andres Iniesta, FC Barcelona: $4.6 Million
Midfielder Andres Iniesta has an impressive personalised property. Constructed in 2005 it is worth an estimated $4.6 million. Containing five bedrooms as well as a place of worship, he also a pool where he can certainly enjoy the glorious Barcelona sunshine. To round things off he has his name inscribed onto the walls of his home which completes the look of this particular home.
8 Steven Gerrard, Liverpool Football Club: $4.9 Million
The heartbeat of John W. Henry’s Liverpool team, Steven Gerrard bought this $4.9 million property in 2007. The Liverpool captain has one acre of land to enjoy with a number of different luxuries thrown in. This includes the likes of an indoor swimming pool as well as a solarium, a sauna and a plunge pool. There is also space for a kid’s playground and room to practice his golf swing on his very own putting green.
7 Wayne Rooney, Manchester United Football Club, $6 million
Constructed in the 1930's, global soccer superstar Wayne Rooney has put plenty of time not to mention cash into his $6 million pad. Boasting a host of Georgian features it lies in the heart of Cheshire and has plenty of special touches. The Manchester United forward can take advantage of an impressive triple garage, conservatory, private cinema room and a golf simulator. Meanwhile, there is an indoor swimming pool and a state of the art CCTV system in place at a cost of $50,000.
6 Phil Neville, Assistant Coach, Manchester United Football Club: $6.54 Million
Although he has hung up his cleats, Phil Neville, brother of other United legend Gary has broken a record of his own. Rising more than 400 hundred feet above the iconic Manchester skyline, it was one of the priciest apartments to be put up for sale in the actual city. Situated on the 47th floor of the Beetham Tower, this $6.54 million apartment comes with four bedroom and 5,000 square feet of space. Other amenities include walk-in wardrobes, dedicated en suite bathrooms for the kids and a built in cinema system. Having difficulty selling it, the rent for this beauty is priced at $25,000 per month.
5 Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Football Club: $7 Million
People sing his name wherever they go but global icon Cristiano Ronaldo currently dons the famous white of Real Madrid. The Portuguese forward had a $7 million home built from scratch while he was playing for Manchester United. However he has recently put his new home in Madrid on the market in the last few months sparking speculation of a potential return to Old Trafford. Located on the outskirts of Madrid it consists of nearly 900 square metres and seven bedrooms. Meanwhile, there are not one but two pools and plenty of space to kick a ball around thanks to a garden measuring 3000 square meters.
4 Peter Crouch, Stoke City Football Club: $7.4 Million
If you have $130,000 coming into the bank weekly then you can afford to splash out on a lavish property. That’s what Stoke City forward Peter Crouch did when he moved into former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff’s abode for around $7 million. Inside, you will find a state of the art fitness centre, home cinema theatre, dressing room and swimming pool. Based in Prestbury it is within touching distance of England compatriot Wayne Rooney and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
3 Gareth Bale, Real Madrid Football Club: $10.6 Million
Signed by Los Blancos for a world record fee of approximately $140 million, Gareth Bale has moved just down to the road to teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in the exclusive district of Pozuelo de Alarcon in the suburbs of Madrid. Other residents in the neighbourhood include Spanish actress Penelope Cruz. The Welshman has slowly settled into Madrid following a thigh injury but he has got his just rewards. This particular property enjoys a garage with space for six vehicles as well as an indoor swimming pool and a host of private terraces.
2 Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls: $14.9 Million
After leaving Barcelona in 2010, Frenchman Thierry Henry headed to the Big Apple for his next soccer adventure. Currently playing for the New York Red Bulls, Henry put down nearly $15 million on a luxury penthouse in the heart of buzzing Soho. Comprising of four bedrooms, clean lines and floor to ceiling windows, this condo offers plenty of space and light out of the glare of the paparazzi’s lens.
1 David Beckham: $70 Million
After the recent announcement of a brand new MLS venture in Miami, there is no stopping David Beckham. After his LA Galaxy contract came to an end with earnings in excess of $250 million, he went on to enjoy a stint at Qatari funded PSG. Now retired, Becks has sold Beckingham Palace in Hertfordshire for a cool $20 million. It is believed that he is allegedly close to sealing a new home for himself, Victoria and their children in London priced around $70 million. Located in the heart of Kensington, it features eight beds, several nail bars and a 90 feet plus secret garden.