Although soccer athletes aren't widely recognized like basketball or baseball stars in the United States, they are household names in the rest of the world. They're also one of the highest paid: Cristiano Ronaldo is only second to Floyd Mayweather Jr, and the soccer superstar earned $80 million last year, $28 million of which came from endorsements. Not surprisingly, the players also flaunt some of the priciest rides. Here are eleven World Cup stars and the exotic cars they drive.
Correction 6/30/2014: Gareth Bale was listed as playing for the England national team, but was on Wales, which did not qualify. The “magician” may not have had a standout performance in the World Cup—especially considering the Spanish national team has been knocked out in the first round—but Iniesta shows plenty of flashy side with his blue Bugatti Veyron. Other Veyron owners include Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon. Netherlands Robben has most recently been in headlines for his theatrics against Mexico, which lead to a 2-1 victory via penalty kick. The cars he drives are far less dramatic though; he's typically seen driving the A5 and A8, courtesy of Bayern sponsor Audi. Although the highest paid player in the US national team, his salary of $7.8 million pales in comparison to other athletes around the world. To put it into perspective, the top three German players make more money than the entire squad of the US national team combined. Dempsey has a Ford SVT Raptor, heavily customized by NorthWest Auto Salon. The famed Portuguese striker is the second paid player according to Forbes, earning $80 million in the past year. Not surprisingly, he has an extravagant collection of cars to match, which include a Lamborghini Aventador, Bentley Continental GT and a Ferrari 599 GTO. It’s no surprise Ribéry drives an Audi S8, considering Audi is the main sponsor of FC Bayern. But the French striker also has a Lamborghini Aventador, an LP560 4 Spyder and a BMW X6M. Arguably one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has acquired a respectable collection of cars that include a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, a Ferrari F430, and a Dodge Challenger SRT8. When he's not chomping down on Italian, Uruguayan soccer player Suarez likes to drive SUVs including the Black Edition BMW X5 and a Range Rover Evoque. One of the star players on the German national team, the 25 year-old Özil owns a blacked out Ferrari 458 Italia tweaked by Anderson Germany, a high-end tuning company known for its celebrity clientele. At 22 years of age, he’s still young compared to players like Ronaldo, who is 29. Yet his car collection is up there with the veteran stars; Neymar Jr. drives not only an Audi R8 GT, but also a Porsche Panamera Turbo S. While soccer athletes typically opt for Range Rovers when it comes to SUVs, Dutch striker Van Persie drives a Porsche Cayenne. The forward for Manchester United and the England national team owns a Range Rover Sport and a Bentley Continental GTC, the latter of which makes nearly 600 horsepower.