The 10 Most Extravagant Homes owned by Footballers
The best footballers in the world earn more money than you could possibly imagine, that’s why they often have a lot of cash to burn on extravagant purchases like one-off supercars, yachts, jaw dropping homes and even private jets.
The 10 highest paid soccer players earned in 2015 more than $400 million together, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi leading the ranks with $79 and $70 million. They were one fight away (Mayweather vs Pacquiao) from being the world’s highest paid athletes, which says a lot about how well paid soccer superstars are.
Their homes will tell you just how big they live, that’s why today we’ll show you the 10 most extravagant homes owned by footballers. Enjoy!
10. Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli is just 25 right now and he’s already been to some of the world’s biggest clubs, going from Inter to Manchester City, then back to Italy at AC. Milan, then back to the UK to play (and disappoint fans) for Liverpool, then back to AC Milan once again. Super Mario is extremely talented, but he’s so unpredictable and inconsistent, probably due to the his lifestyle that’s making headlines wherever he might be.
When he signed with Liverpool, Balotelli bought this gorgeous villa for around $5 million which includes an indoor pitch, a swimming pool, a private theater, plus a home cinema as well. His villa features 4 bedrooms and bathrooms and a while ago it was even available for rent, now that Balotelli has moved to Milan once again.
9. Andres Iniesta
Probably one of the best players of this generation, Andres Iniesta had to own a pretty big house, just in case he had to store all those trophies won with Barcelona and the Spanish national team. Iniesta had this beautiful house custom built for him around 10 years ago, that even features his name and shirt number right on the exterior wall of the house, plus the badges of Barcelona and Spain.
That’s how you show how much you love playing for the team, right? The brilliant play maker enjoys 5 bedrooms, a swimming pool and even a small chapel inside his house, with every single amenity he could ask for. His house is currently valued at $4.6 million.
8. Gareth Bale
After signing with Real Madrid two years ago for a record breaking fee, Gareth Bale has become the most expensive footballer of all time, surpassing even his team mate, Cristiano Ronaldo. He quickly moved in Kaka’s former home, in one of the most exclusive and high value areas of Madrid, with neighbors like Cristiano, Zinedine Zidane and many other Spanish celebrities.
Houses here sell for more than $6 million and his contemporary home is a real gem, even in this select neighborhood. The property includes four bedrooms, a six car garage, a nice pool and also an indoor gym.
7. John Terry
John Terry loves Oxshott, a charming village from Surrey, just a couple of minutes away from all the fuzz in London. He used to own a massive 10 bedroom house here, with a home theater, an underground aquarium and a lot of luxurious amenities but he decided to sell it back in January for a massive profit. He bought that place for £6 million and sold it for £16 million to Sultan bin Mohammed al-Naamani.
But he has recently bought this beautiful seven bedroom, six bathroom home in the same village, just a mile away from his old house. Apparently he paid £4.3 million for the new property, or about $6.5 million, a home that previously belonged to golfer Colin Montgomerie.
6. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has been frequently called one of the best footballers to ever exist on the face of the planet, for good reason. Together with Andres Iniesta, Xavi and other Barcelona legends, he turned this team into the most fun to watch team in the game, rocking our minds with amazing plays and the mesmerizing tiki-taka.
He’s amazing on and off the field and he loves the sport so much that he even decided his home should look like a football. Messi planned to build the ultimate house for a footballer, shaped exactly like a football and laying on a plot that looks just like a pitch. This jaw dropping home will apparently feature a spa, a private theater and all kinds of amenities that are both luxurious and eco-friendly. The cost of construction is estimated to be $5 million.