Pro athletes are, in some ways, essentially big children who are living out their dreams. They are paid small fortunes to play games that so many of us played when we were young and hopeful that we, too, would one day maybe be able to make it in the pros. Just as all kids need to have their toys, pro athletes also enjoy spending their off-time with their own trinkets. Unlike we mere mortals, however, the top pro athletes in the world who make millions upon millions of dollars are able to accumulate spectacular car collections, many are which are worth more money than we would make in several years.
Many of the athletes who are featured in this piece have not been shy about their car collections. Some have gone so far to showcase their car collections on television programs and via social media outlets such as Instagram and Twitter. It should come as little surprise that the athlete who may have the most impressive car collection of them all is the man who has earned hundreds of millions of dollars from fighting and from his brand. We may never again see that man enter the ring as a fighter, but he does not need to schedule another encounter in order to grow his car collection in the future.
10 Yoenis Cespedes
We had to start with Yoenis Cespedes because of the way that he began Spring Training 2016. Cespedes, who was traded to the New York Mets in 2015 and who signed with the club during the offseason, parked the following cars during the opening week of the preseason: A Ford F-250, Polaris Slingshot, Lamborghini Aventador, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, a personalized Jeep, a second Polaris Slingshot, and, lastly, a horse. We can all only hope that this is the beginning of a tradition that is embraced by other members of the Mets during the season.
9 David Beckham
David Beckham is more than just a former footballer looking to buy his own Major League Soccer club. Beckham is an internationally recognized persona who has been an ambassador for multiple companies. One of those companies is Jaguar, and thus it made sense that Beckham would get his hands on a £140,000 Jaguar during Christmastime 2015. Beckham has, in the past, been seen operating roughly two-dozen vehicles. A Rolls-Royce Ghost, Porsche 911 Turbo, Cadillac Escalade, Bentley Continental SuperSport and a Hummer H2 are believed to be among the cars in Beckham's garage(s).
8 LeBron James
Do not let certain commercials fool you. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has been linked with quite the awesome car collection over the years. In that collection is a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster that came with a custom paint job. That car was reportedly worth over $600,000. James has also been said to own a Ferrari F430 Spider, a Maybach 57S, and a Chevy Camaro SS that is painted all-white because of course it is. James has, since returning to the Cavs, been keen on renegotiating contracts each season so that he is able to increase his wealth. Ever the businessman, you can be sure that James isn't done building on his car collection.
7 Justin Verlander
The perception that has been put out there, true or not, is that Justin Verlander is the top car lover in all of Major League Baseball. One of our favorite stories on the topic was published by Mlive.com in 2014, a story that claimed Verlander legitimately could not fit all of his luxury cars in his garage. Verlander spent $381,000 on a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. That vehicle joined his Maserati Gran Turismo, an Aston Martin DBS and a couple of Mercedes. Do not, however, assume that Verlander is done looking to add to what is already a noteworthy car collection.
6 Mario Balotelli
The enigmatic footballer who is only 25 years old as of the posting of this piece has been known to flash his wealth via his massive car collection over the years. Per the Daily Mail, Mario Balotelli owns multiple Ferraris, multiple Audis, a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ranger Rover Evoque. None of his vehicles more says “Mario Balotelli,” though, than the camouflage Bentley that Balotelli was seen driving during his days in the Premier League. It has been rumored that Balotelli could be the next player to be paid big sums of money to play in China. We can't wait to see what Super Mario drives next.
5 Jenson Button
The Formula One World Champion enjoys driving more than just race cars. Jenson Button talked about his car collection in the spring of 2016. Button used a 1970 Pontiac GTO as his wedding car. Those who follow Button on Instagram have probably seen at least one picture of his McLaren P1. Button owns multiple Ferraris, and the first car that he bought once he made it big was a Ferrari 355. While it had been rumored in 2015 that Button was contemplating retirement, he ultimately agreed to remain an active driver for at least another year. The salary that Button earns will allow him to grow his car collection.
4 Kobe Bryant
According to Spotrac, Los Angeles Lakers player and NBA icon Kobe Bryant has made over $300 million off of his league contracts. That does not include the amount of money that Bryant has made off of shoe deals and other endorsements. It is easy to understand how Bryant is able to afford a collection of cars that is believed to be worth over $10 million. Bryant owns a 458 Italia, a Range Rover and a Bentley, but the most fascinating “car” that he owns is not, in fact, a car. Bryant owns his own helicopter, one that he apparently uses to get to games on at least some occasions. We hate sitting in traffic, too, Kobe.
3 Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is not just arguably the greatest footballer of his generation. Ronaldo is also one of the most famous athletes in the world and an individual who has been featured in all kinds of advertising campaigns. The extremely wealthy Ronaldo has thus been able to buy a wide variety of expensive cars for his fleet of vehicles. It has been reported that Ronaldo owns a Bugatti Veyron, Bentley Continental and multiple Ferraris. In January 2016, Ronaldo purchased a Porsche 911 Turbo S. This occurred just days after CR7 missed out on the Ballon d'Or Award.
2 John Cena
John Cena is one of the hardest-working individuals in World Wrestling Entertainment, a man who does plenty of charity work on the side when he is not performing for the WWE. Cena is also known to have a huge car collection. Cena, ironically, has been a fan of muscle cars over the years. The leader of the CeNation owns well over a dozen of impressive vehicles. The one that may stand out the most would be the “InCENArator, which legitimately looks like something a superhero would drive while he was fighting crime.
1 Floyd Mayweather
There are a plethora of articles and even videos dedicated to the car collection had by former world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather. TMZ Sports reported in October 2015 that Mayweather hopes to one day have a collection of cars that is worth over $30 million, and that Mayweather was buying a Pagani Huayra and an Aston Martin One-77. Both of those vehicles are worth over $3 million. That same month, Mayweather purchased a 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. Those three vehicles will probably look nice sitting alongside Mayweather's Ferraris, Bentleys and the many other cars that Mayweather has bought.