Footballers have long come in for mockery over their choice of cars.
There’s an image that the highly-paid superstars of the sport like to splash the cash on fancy motors with little thought for things like taste, subtlety or practicality.
As if trying to prove this point, online marketplace Autotrader has just released details of several cars for sale through its site which have the dubious honour of once belonging to footballers.
It’s not all terrible news, ex-England player and manager, Mark Hateley’s old Ferrari 512 TR is as cool and original as the day it rolled out of Maranello 26 years ago. Peter Crouch’s 2004 Ferrari 360 is equally restrained, but wait until you get a load of George Boateng’s Porsche Cayenne.
An Auto Trader spokesperson said: “Personalisation seems to be key for footballing legends, from having their shirt numbers stitched into seats, unique colour wraps, to even stocking their own mini fridge.”
Peter Crouch’s Ferrari 360 Spider, £69,990
One of England’s top scorers, Peter Crouch, used to own this 2004 Ferrari Spider. The 395bhp 3.6-litre convertible stands out thanks to its Bordeaux red leather interior, aluminium trim package and 18-inch alloys. With just 28,000 miles on the clock it also has a full Ferrari service history and has avoided any tasteless customisation.
Gareth Bales’ Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, £114,895
There’s no questioning the Real Madrid winger’s abilities on the field but his decision-making in the showroom isn’t quite so clear cut. He owned this 700bhp Brabus-fettled G Wagon from new and had it customised to his own tastes, with a matt grey wrap, black quilted leather upholstery, and ridiculous 23-inch alloy wheels with low-profile tyres.
George Boateng’s Porsche Cayenne, £44,990
This show-stopping Porsche Cayenne is, thankfully, a one-of-a-kind, having been made exclusively for former footballer George Boateng in 2008 by tuners and enemies of taste Techart. As well as host of horrific body additions, it’s been wrapped in metal flake ice white, with chrome details and 22 inch wheels. The red, white and black diamond-stitched leather and red leather trim everywhere makes sure passengers can’t escape the horror even once they’ve climbed on board.
Alex Song’s Rolls Royce Wraith, £139,949
Ex-Arsenal player, Alexandre Song, decided to sell his beloved Rolls Royce when he moved to Switzerland in 2018. Built in 2014, this “triple black” example of the 6.6-litre coupe has just 19,120 miles on the clock. Along with massage seats and an in-car TV, this Wraith features a starlight headliner packed with LEDs designed to recreate the night sky above the driver’s head.
Kyle Walker’s Range Rover Autobiography, £62,000
Adopting the “more is more” approach, this high spec Range Rover Autobiography ticks all the boxes, with massage seats, automatically deploying side steps, TVs, a mini fridge and upgraded Meridian sound system worth £4,700. With Range Rovers seen as a footballer classic, it’s no surprise this was owned by England star, Kyle Walker, for over two years. The 4.4-litre V8 diesel has only done 42,000 miles and was apparently detailed every month.
Unnamed Premier League star’s Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG Edition, £99,999
Previously owned by a mystery Premier League footballer, this family-friendly Mercedes-Benz G Class features a Designo classic red leather interior and heat insulating dark-tinted glass windows. Despite being shaped like two bricks stuck together and originally designed for off-road use, this AMG-tuned G Class features a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 563bhp and 561lb/ft. 0-60mph takes just 5.4 seconds.
Mark Hateley’s Ferrari 512 TR, £199,900
This beautiful 1993 two-door Ferrari 512 TR coupe’s first owner was former English footballer and manager, Mark Hateley. The iconic car features classic Ferrari designs, including crema leather interiors, Rosso carpets and Cavallino embossed seats. Powered by a 4.9-litre flat-12 engine with 428bhp the classic Italian stallion can reach 62mph in 4.8 seconds.