The big bucks that the athletes earn are often spent on lavish cars that announce their celebrity status in style. Every auto lover will love to have a look at these athlete cars that look fabulous and perform even better. Here is a compilation of 30 extraordinary athlete cars that are absolutely lust worthy:
1. Robinson Cano : Ferrari 458 Italia
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Robinson Cano, the famous baseball player who has been an eight-time All-Star, has a passion for exotic cars. After winning two Gold Glove awards he decided to wrap his car in gold. He got Ferrari 458 Italia customized for himself by MC Customs. The gold “wet mirror” finish of this car lends it an ultra glamorous look. It also features forged Vellano wheels to compliment the gold look. The car sure looks outstanding and catches attention from a distance. Other cars in his collection include Custom Porsche Panamera, Ferrari California, McLaren 12C, Custom Home Run Derby Jeep, Range Rover Sport and Mercedes Benz S550.
2. Michael Phelps : Mercedes Benz SL63
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With an estimated net worth of nearly $50 million, Michael Phelps is an Olympic gold medalist swimmer who needs no introduction. He is also one of the most marketable retired athletes of the world. The swimmer is quite fond of luxury cars and Michael Phelps cars collection is quite enviable. He owns Mercedes Benz SL63, Cadillac Escalade, BMW 760 Li and Range Rover among other luxurious cars. He got his Mercedes Benz SL 63 completely customized and it looks really good. It is fitted with 20″ GFG Falluja wheels with black centres and chrome lip. It has smoked tail lights and a Lorinser lowering kit. The car surely stands out among all Michael Phelps cars.
3. Joe Johnson : Six door F650 XUV
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The American professional basketball player Joe Johnson is a seven time All Star and he made around $200 million in his 16 years career in NBA. His Six-door F650 XUV makes it to this list of extraordinary athlete cars. The player got a four door model converted into a heavy truck with six doors. The vehicle comes at a base price of $60,000. Around $20,000 were spent on the customization of this monster.
4. LeBron James : Snowed Out Camaro
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Apart from the sneaker printed Lamborghini, LeBron James is also the proud owner of another stylish car – a snowed out Camaro. He picked this car from Miami to add to his fleet. The car is completely white colored except for the tinted windows, the gloss black anthem and a thin pinstripe racing stripes. The car even has multi-spoke wheels in white. The staggered lips on the wheel also make the car look good. The player sure has good taste in car and this one proves it.
5. C.J Wilson : Honda McLaren F1
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C.J Wilson, the American former basketball football pitcher, is a self-confessed car enthusiast and has a huge collection of fancy cars. McLaren F1 was his dream car and he got one customized in purple. The car looks amazing and features several proprietary technologies and designs. It is more streamlined than most modern sports cars. The powerful engine of the car makes it perfect for the track without compromising the everyday usability. The one owned by Wilson gives out reflections of orange and red during the day and blue and purple at night.
6. Russell Westbrook : Lamborghini
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Russell Westbrook can be said to be the most stylish player in the NBA. He simply exploded the basketball scene with his awesome performance and his car collection is equally stylish. He owns a beautiful looking Lamborghini in bright orange that he bought for a cool $387,000. This crazy expensive and crazy fast car is powered by a 6.5-litre 730 hp engine mated to 7-speed automated transmission. It does the 0-60mph sprint in just 2.7 seconds.
7. Andrew Bynum : Nissan GT-R
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Andrew Bynum, the famous NBA player, has one of the biggest collections of cars in the NBA. The most extraordinary car in his collection has to be Nissan GT-R that had its shoot with Sean Klingelhoefer. This Japanese car comes with a Wald GT-R Sports Line Black Bison Edition body kit that is known to be an engineering wonder. It features a 3.8-litre VR38DETT engine with Turbosmart dual-port blow-off valves, and exhaust and mid pipe.
8. J.R. Smith : Gurkha F5 Armoured Truck
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A self confessed fan of armoured cars, New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith is a huge golfer who is not afraid of putting his hard earned money in outlandish cars. He possesses Gurkha F5 Armoured truck that has super aggressive looks. This monstrous utility model is usually deployed as a vehicle for combat situations. This attention grabbing vehicle costs $300,000. The golfer just needed a car to drive him safely from the club and it does fit the bill perfectly.
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9. Lionel Messi : Maserati GranTurismo
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Undeniably the best player of NBA, Lionel Messi, has an enviable collection of cars. The Maserati GranTursimo owned by him features a custom matte black paint job with red accents. It is a gem in Messi cars 2017 collection. The black Alcantara interior of the car speaks of sophistication. The car sports a 4.7-litre V8 engine that develops 444 hp of power. According to the latest reports, the athlete is putting up this gorgeous car for sale. Other exciting Messi cars 2017 collection include Ferrari F430 Spyder, Toyota Prius, Audi R8 Spyder, Dodge Charger SRT8, Lexux 4 X 4 , etc.
10. Bubba Watson : General Lee (1969 Dodge Charger)
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The American professional golfer who plays on the PGA tour, Bubba Watson is a multiple major champion who owns a flamboyant General Lee painted in bright orange. He bought it for $11,0000 in an auction in 2012. This car was first designed for the famous TV show “The Dukes Of Hazzard” and it featured during the opening credits of the show. It remained in the junkyard for a decade after which it was restored and auctioned. The player decided to paint an American flag over the Confederate flag on this car and it became a reason for a major controversy.
11. Christiano Ronaldo : Bugatti Chiron
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World famous soccer star Christiano Ronaldo has a great collection of cars. Bugatti Chiron stands proudly as the most prized vehicle among all Christiano Ronaldo cars. It is his most expensive ride. Priced at $2.5 million, the car is one of the fastest cars ever made. It uses an 8.0-litre W16 engine emitting a mammoth 1479 hp of power along with 1180 pound-ft of torque. It can run to 186 miles per hour in just 13.6 seconds. The top speed of the vehicle is electronically limited at 261 miles per hour. Other luxurious Christiano Ronaldo cars include Rolls Royce Phantom, Audi Q7, Bentley GT Speed, Ferrari F430, Aston Martin DB9, Mercedes Benz C220 CDI, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, etc.
12. Usain Bolt : Nissan GT-R
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The retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has broken many records to emerge as one of the top athletes of all time. This great athlete has an awesome collection of cars that includes beauties like Ferrari F430, Ferrari 458, BMW M3, Ferrari Convertible, etc. But the most special one of all Usain Bolt cars is the special edition Nissan GT-R that he received in the year 2013. This glamorous looking car has gold exterior and its interior is done up in white. It also boasts of 10-spoke RAYS forged alloy wheels and Bose Surround Sound system. This 542hp vehicle can cover 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and probably would be the fastest one of Usain Bolt cars.
13. Chris Anderson : SportChassis P4XL
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NBA player Chris Anderson aka Birdman, is often seen around riding his mega truck – SportChassis P4XL. The vehicle perfectly suits the larger-than-life personality of this player. SportChassis P4XL has been called the ultimate luxury sports vehicle on the planet. It has been fitted with Cummins ISC 8.3-litre diesel engine that delivers top Allison TRV3200 in a 5-speed configuration. This mean looking ride costs upwards of $200,000.
14. Felix Hernandez : Custom Range Rover
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Felix Hernandez, the young award winning pitcher for Seattle Mariners, is busy celebrating his new found success with a spate of cars. Also known as “King Felix”, he was recently named the highest paid pitcher in league history. Among others, the custom Range Rover owned by him is a perfect example of flashiness done right. Painted in red, the best part about this Rover is the custom built 24” wheels. Each wheel has “King Felix” written on it and each one of the eight spokes gets a chrome crown designed into it.
15. Mario Balotelli : Bentley Continental
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The professional Italian Football star Mario Balotelli owns a vast array of supercars in keeping with his flashy personality. He sure knows how to stand out in the crowd and his camouflaged Bentley Continental easily makes it to this list of most extraordinary athlete cars. The camouflaged car has just the right mix of subtlety and glamour. It looks eye-catching and sober at the same time and perfectly complements the extravagant personality of this athlete.
16. Zlatan Ibrahimovic : Ferrari Enzo
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Zlatan, the famous Swedish soccer player, has played for some of the biggest football clubs in Europe like AC Milan, FC Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, etc. The net worth of this incredible player is close to $100 million. To match his attitude and his reputation, he has an impressive collection to cars. He happens to own one of the 400 Ferrari Enzo supercars in the world. This ultra exotic car costs a cool $750,000. This limited production car has a V12 engine that enables this car to race from 0-60 mph in just 3.14 seconds. Its top speed has been recorded at 221mph.
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17. Shaq : Superman Cadillac Escalade
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The American retired professional basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal Shaq has plenty of cars in his garage. But the most extraordinary one among this fleet is the customized “Superman” Cadillac Escalade. The athlete has spent enormous money to get this beauty customized. The car has got scissor doors and custom plating. The car has superman logo at the front grille and it is also engraved on each of the five spokes of the wheels.
18. Michael Jordan : Mercedes McLaren SLR 722
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The first Billionaire sportsperson, Michael Jordan, has a diverse collection of cars that announce his celebrity status. His collection of supercars includes Chevrolet C4 Corvette, Ferrari 599 GBT Fiorano, Ferrari 512 TR, Toyota Land Cruiser and Porsche 911. Mercedes McLaren SLR 722 Edition stands out in this collection. The car delivers an amazing power output of 650 hp and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. It registers a top speed of 208 mph.
19. David Beckham : Rolls Royce Drophead Phantom Coupe
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Easily one of the most recognisable athletes in the world, David Beckham, whose worth is $450 million and his impressive fleet of cars reflects this. His huge fleet of cars includes the likes of Rolls Royce Phantom, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Bentley Continental SuperSport, Rolls Royce Ghost, Chevy Camaro, Cadillac Escalade, Ferrari 612 Scagliette etc. The most exotic car that he owns is a black coloured Rolls Royce Drophead Phantom Coupe. It is the most expensive car from Rolls Royce and is powered by a 6.75-litre V12 engine that delivers 453 hp of power. It has a top speed of 148 mph.
20. Kobe Bryant : Lamborghini Aventador
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Apart from LeBron James, Kobe Bryant has one of the best collections of flashy cars among NBA players. The wealth of this superstar is estimated at $280 million and he has splashed a fair bit of money into expensive cars. He owns a $400k plus Lamborghini Aventador that is an iconic supercar. This is one of the higher end models of Aventador that boasts of an impressive V12 engine emitting 700hp of power. It can race from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
21. Roy Halladay : Ford Hot Rod
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One of the most extraordinary of all athlete cars in this list has to be Ford Hot Rod owned by famous baseball player, Roy Halladay. This car enthusiast is often seen cruising in this eye-catching vehicle. This 1932 Ford Hot Rod is a classic American car that sports a large engine. Most newly built Hot Rods feature fiberglass or steel bodies. The player calls the car his style statement.
22. Odell Beckham JR. : Mercedes AMG CLS63
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Odell Beckham has fixation for six-figure cars and his garage boasts of cars like Rolls Royce Phantom, Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe and Mercedes AMG CLS 63 coupe. In the year 2016, the West Coast Customs gave a customization treatment to his AMG. The spokes of the car have been done up in red and the windows of the car are tinted. The car packs a V8 bit-turbo engine that emits as much as 577 hp of power.
23. Antonio Brown : Rolls Royce Wraith
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The American Footballer Antonio Brown has great love for space and that reflects in the superb wrap of his Rolls Royce Wraith. The car looks just outstanding with an explosive combination of colours. This four seat coupe is based on the chassis of Rolls Royce Ghost and possesses all the stylish features of the latter albeit in a much more unique fashion. It is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 BMW engine delivering 623 bhp of power and comes mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
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24. Floyd Mayweather : Koenisegg CCXR Trevita
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Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather is the proud owner of the insanely lavish and rare car Koenisegg CCXR Trevita. He bought this car for an enormous $4.8 million. The car is one of the only two built by the company and the only one in America. The car has several unique features, the most prominent one being the “diamond weave” carbon fiber finish. The car symbolizes the deep commitment of the company towards making extraordinary cars.
25. Darren McFadden : 1972 Buick Centurion Custom
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The 1972 Buick Centurion owned by Darren Mcfadden has a purple candy paint that makes it look unique. The custom purple and green interiors of the car lend it a quirky look. The car sits on 32″ Asanti wheels that have been painted in green. A 15″ custom suspension lift has also been added. The car also gets features like custom stereo, willwood brakes and a metal dash. Not all will like the unique look of this car but it surely makes it to our list of most extraordinary athlete cars.
26. Chad Johnson : Custom Super Truck
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Chad Javon Johnson, formerly Chad Ochocinco, is a well known former American footballer who is known for his lavish lifestyle. The player bought himself a super truck for his 32nd birthday and posted a picture with his new toy on Twitter. This custom built truck reportedly took almost six months to build. It features a pick-up bed, roof-mounted air horns, roll bars and Ochocinco badging. It is said to cost him about $100,000.
27. Yoenis Cespedes : Polaris Slingshot Convertible
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The Cuban born professional baseball outfielder Yoenis Cespedes arrived at the spring training last year in his three wheeled Polaris Slingshot convertible and made quite a statement. The player has got many of his cars customized and this one stands out in his collection. Custom leather seats, custom paint and 12-speaker custom sound are some of the features of this unique car.
28. Blake Griffin : GMC Denali
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The American professional basketball player Blake Griffin prefers to keep it simple and classy and is regularly seen zooming around in his black matte GMC Denali. GMC Denali is a full size luxury SUV that combines power, style and refinement. The one that Blake owns has tinted windows along with blackened outer rims. The trunk space of the car is reportedly filled with sub-woofers. This modified beauty is hard to miss on the roads of LA.
29. Hulk Hogan : Dodge Viper
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WWE superstar Hulk Hogan has a huge fleet of cars that include 1968 Dodge Charger, Rolls Royce, 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, etc. but the one that stands out completely is the 1994 Dodge Viper. Custom painted in red and yellow, the car matches the vibrant personality of Hogan. To reinforce his status as a huge celebrity, the car features a Hulkster logo on the hood. The powerful car can cover 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 165 mph. This one qualifies as one of the most vibrant and unique of all athlete cars.
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30. Jenson Button : Honda NSX Type R
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The British racing driver Jenson Button likes to drive fast cars even off the racing track. His deep love for cars is evident in his huge car collection. Ferrari Enzo, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 550 Maranello, Ferrari 360, and Ferrari 355 are some of the beauties that rest in his garage. Honda NSX Type R is a unique car in his collection. This two-seat mid-engine sports car is an incredibly fast vehicle that can zoom from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
All of these athlete cars may not speak of good taste but surely speak volumes about the massive wealth and lavish lifestyle of rich athletes.