What the stars drive: Footballers

Looking for a car that’s Championship ready? The world’s professional footballers often boast impressive car collections. Here are a few of our favourite models

Written by Verity Hogan
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Mercedes-Benz G-Class

What do you buy the man who has everything? When Georgina Rodriguez, girlfriend of Cristiano Ronaldo, faced this dilemma she opted for a custom Mercedes-Benz G-Class, wrapped in a red bow. Never one to shy away from attention, Ronaldo drives a car that has had the same statement design for 40 years: clean lines, wide flat surfaces, and an exposed spare wheel. It’s designed to perform both on and off-road (it can ford rivers up to 70cm deep) and comes with a suitably spacious leather-upholstered interior to help justify its cool half a million-pound price tag.

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Harry Maguire, Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Harry Maguire has become the backbone of the England team’s defence thanks to his strength, creativity, and ability in the air. So, it’s not surprising that his car of choice is just as solid. His Land Rover Range Rover Sport – with personalised number plate – combines muscle with an athletic edge. It’s speedy despite its size, reaching 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds and boasting a top speed of 137mph. And the interior offers a host of hi-tech features including a 10-inch dual touchscreen, rear seat entertainment, voice recognition, and a great sound system.

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Sergio Aguero, Lamborghini Aventador

As one of the world’s best strikers, Sergio Aguero is known for his agility and acceleration – and so is his Lamborghini Aventador. This high-performance sports car is instantly recognisable thanks to its low-slung interior and scissor doors. There’s not a lot of luggage space, so don’t expect to pack more than your kit bag, but its V12 engine packs a punch and tech features like voice commands and Apple CarPlay make it a fun car to drive. Aguero recently admitted that he’s barely ever driven his Lambo, but that doesn’t stop it from being the quintessential footballers’ car!

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Juan Mata, Bentley Continental GT

Juan Mata regularly turns up for training in his matte black Bentley Continental GT, a car that offers performance, luxury, and style. Its bold design is sure to turn heads while the interior is spacious with five Nappa leather seats and a sizeable boot. And just like its owner, the Continental is known for its control and agility, bolstered by all-wheel steering and great handling. There’s a whole host of driver assist options available too, including active lane assist and blind spot warning alerts.

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Petr Cech, Tesla Model X

Petr Cech may be retired but his choice of car keeps him firmly in the Premier League. His Tesla Model X can handle both distance and speed, with a range of 340 miles and ability to reach 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds. There’s plenty of storage (space for all Cech’s ice hockey gear) and enough seating for a full seven-a-side squad. Passengers will enjoy the ride too thanks to the 22-speaker audio system, fast charging for tablets and laptops, and wireless gaming capabilities.

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Bernardo Silva, Smart ForTwo

Bernardo Silva might make waves on the pitch, but his car is one of the least showy on our list. The Smart ForTwo has earned a cult following due to its distinctive design and compact dimensions. It’s a great city car, ideal for navigating Manchester’s smallest streets and fitting into the tightest parking spaces. Inside, drivers benefit from a floating infotainment screen and a host of safety features while the smooth ride and tight turning circle make this small but mighty car a joy to drive.

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N’Goto Kante, Mini Cooper

Another footballer with a preference for low-key cars, N’Goto Kante has driven a cream Mini Cooper since moving to the UK in 2015. This classic car has a timeless sense of style with a sporty edge and comes equipped with a surprisingly powerful twin-power turbo engine. Inside, Apple CarPlay and a colour display screen come as standard while the heated steering wheel is sure to make those early morning winter training sessions a little less painful.



Verity Hogan

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