In need of inspiration for your new home? Take a peek into the lavish homes of these football players.
Just last month, the football world was shocked by the news of Real Madrid’s star player’s departure from the club to sign a four-year contract with Italian football team Juventus. What was even more surprising is that Cristiano Ronaldo signed a deal worth €120 million – that’s an annual salary of €30 million – which is a hefty amount considering his age.
This got us thinking, with their sky-high earnings, most of these football stars would have invested in lavish homes they can kick back and relax in after a long hard day at the pitch. Or perhaps simply an over the top home design that leaves us mesmerised yet somewhat confused when it come to their practicality. Either way, these 6 football stars’ expensive homes may just be the inspiration you need.
1. Lionel Messi-Argentina/Barcelona Striker
Property Value: Approximately €7,000,000.00
Often considered as one the best players in the world, no introduction is needed for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and all-time top scorer for Barcelona and homeland Argentina. Messi is one of those who took the term “bringing work home” quite literally.
Named One-Zero Eco House, the plot is approximately 35km in size and is divided into two halves exactly like a football pitch with one side occupied by an enormous swimming pool. The main house is structured round to mimic the shape of a football, while the entire building makes the shape of the number 10 (the number he wears for both Barcelona and Argentina). It is also said that the roof of the house is designed to symbolise the Ballon d’Or award.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo-Portugal/Juventus, Striker
Property Value: €6,000,000
Arguably the best player to ever step foot on the football field, it seems whatever Ronaldo touches turns to gold. With 5 Ballon d’or awards under his belt and counting, Ronaldo is the first footballer to ever win the champion league 5 times, with two of the titles won back to back in 2016 and 2017.
His La Finca Mansion is a stunning architecture that stands on approximately 8,600 square-feet lot and, it houses 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. This state-of-the-art house was designed by A-cero, who is regarded as master designers in Spain. the master bedroom where Ronaldo spends half his day in is covered with mirrors, while a portrait of himself hangs on the wall.
This house also has a kid’s play room for his son, Cristiano Jr, and a trophy room to display his many winnings. The swimming pool sits in the backyard along with the garage, and of course, small football pitch.
3. Gareth Bale-Wales/Real Madrid, Winger
Property Value: €6,500,000.00
The welsh superstar, started his career with Southampton FC as a left back. In 2007, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur for €7,000,000.00. Under the guidance of Harry Redknapp, Bale transformed to become a lethal weapon for his team and was known for his tremendous speed. He was named PFA Young player of the Year three times in a row from 2011 to 2013. In 2013 shocked the world with a world record transfer worth €100.8 million to Real Madrid.
Bale lives in the home formerly owned by Kaka, a Brazillian legend, that is located in the same neighbourhood as Zinedine Zidane , Cristiano Ronaldo and Actress Penelope Cruz. It is one of the most exclusive, high-value areas in Spain, measuring less than a couple of miles in each direction. The two-storey house comes with 4 bedrooms, six garages, a swimming pool, a gym, and two utility rooms.
4. Andres Iniesta- Spain/Barcelona, Central Midfielder
Widely considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time, Iniesta spent most of his career with Barcelona where he was the captain of the team for three seasons. Throughout his career, he has won 33 trophies and two historic trebles (2009 and 2015). He has also bagged the Euro cup twice for Spain and The Fifa world Cup in 2010.
Unlike the rest of the football stars, Iniesta’s house is located in the city. Named after him to symbolise his achievements, the house was built to mimic the look of a museum. The spacious home consists of five bedrooms, a pool with a massive Barcelona logo at the bottom, and, surprise, surprise a chapel.
5. Neymar Junior-Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain, Sriker
With 57 goals in 89 matches scored for Brazil since debuting at age 18, Neymar is the third highest goal scorer for his national team after Pele and Ronaldo. Known for his fast-paced dribbling and ability to play with both feet, Neymar has earned comparisons to the legendary Pele. He was named South American Footballer of the year in 2011 and 2012 and later moved on to Barcelona where he won the continental treble. In 2017, he made a shocking transfer to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million making him the world’s most expensive player.
Located in the settlement of Bougival, which is connected to Paris city, Neymar’s stunning five-storey mansion was once owned by the legendary footballer and countrymen Ronaldinho . The massive home has a giant indoor swimming pool with sun loungers, which is located in the basement, with a view of the sprawling 5,000 square-metre garden. Talk about lavish lifestyle, it also has rooms for other different activities such as a sauna room, Turkish bath and a massive pool room.
We know these football stars’ homes’ price tag would cost an arm and a leg, but it doesn’t hurt to look for future reference. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of homes that might not be as fancy, but they could be the next best thing – start shopping for your dream home today!
Written by Ethan Singho