The world’s top football players are some of the highest-paid athletes in the entire world. Many of soccer’s top stars can earn hundreds of millions in salary and endorsements over the entirety of their career. So what do they do with that money? Many of the top footballer’s on our list chose to buy or rent massive mansions that can easily cost upwards of $40 million. We’ve put together a list of the most expensive mansions by purchase price. We found 19 players and one legendary coach who all share a love of beautiful, high-tech, and high-priced homes.
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior
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Neymar purchased a mansion that was so expensive to buy that he decided to rent it out for $20,000 per month. With a salary of $8 million per year, he could afford a multi-million dollar purchase. The home is located near the beach in Barcelona’s Pedralbes region which is known for its amazing scenery and high-priced homes.
The next guy on our list rented Robert De Niro’s incredibly pricey 9,000 sq ft home.
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Frank Lampard made a bold move when he decided to rent Robert De Niro’s apartment worth $39 million. The 9,000 sq ft apartment isn’t cheap at $95,000 per month. The Manhattan West Village features a garage capable of fitting seven cars. The home features five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Our next soccer star built a “zero-energy” home.
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Mario Balotelli acquired this unique “zero-energy” home and it features some very cool options including a helipad, swimming pool and football pitch, complete with an indoor gym, sauna, and sports hall. He can fly to London in under an hour and his cooling and heating bills are non-existent.
Kaká purchased a home in Islesworth that has an estimated cost of roughly $3.4 million. The home connects to a cul-de-sac and backs up to Lake Brenda. The lake offers private use which is probably for the best given his celebrity. It’s a traditional looking Florida home but its privacy option is likely what drew in the soccer star.
The world’s biggest and arguably best soccer player is next on our list.
Messi is building a soccer ball-shaped home that some estimates have placed at a cost between $10 million and $20 million. Very little is known about the home, although it is expected to be unique in every facet of its design and construction. The home is split into two layers to represent the two halves of a soccer match. No other details are known at this time.
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Phil Neville bought his $6.2 million home in 2010 and it was officially the most expensive apartment in Manchester at the time of the purchase. Located above the Hilton hotel, the luxury apartment is spread over three floors and offers 5,000 sq ft of living space, four bedrooms, and stunning views over the city. You can rent his apartment for $23,000 per month.
The next home features a ton of pink walls and a “princess room.”
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Stephen Ireland owns one of the most affordable homes on our list but also one of the most talked about. His home is nicknamed ‘King of Bling’ and it features a lot of the color pink, including a “Princess Room.” From the outside the home offers a brilliant courtyard and a rather modern design.
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The former AC Milan start paid out $8.2 million on this luxurious property. The home is located 20 minutes outside of Madrid and is in one of Spain’s priciest regions, with homes rarely selling for less than $6 million. Among his neighbors are Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane. For $8.2 million he received four bedrooms, a six-car garage, indoor pool and a gym.
The next home went a little too far with personal branding.
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Iniesta built his home more than 10 years ago and tailored it to his every need. He went so far as to have his name and shirt number displayed upon the exterior wall of the house, as well as both the Spain and Barcelona badge. The home has been estimated to have a value of $4.6 million.
$16 million? That’s what the next football star’s home is valued at after massive renovations were made.
Wayne Rooney earns $465,000 a week, and he used a big chunk of that money to buy his Cheshire home. Constructed in the 1930s, the mansion cost Rooney $6 million to buy. He went on to spend millions on renovations and the home now has a value of $16 million. Impressive features of the property include a cinema, golf simulator, and an indoor pool.
Up next? The Beckham clan.
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David Beckham sold this Hertfordshirt home a few years ago for a cool $20 million. The home was originally purchased for $3.9 million back in 1999. The property features seven bedrooms, a recording studio, a gym and a snooker room. The property also sits on 17 acres of land.
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Peter Crouch spent $7.4 million on his current mansion. The property features a fitness center, cinema, and pool. The home was purchased from former England cricket star Freddie Flintoff. With plenty of land and enough bedrooms to support a large family, it was a steal given its prominent location.
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Christiano Ronaldo built this impressive and massive home from scratch and it cost him $7 million. The mansion features over 8,000 square feet with seven bedrooms, two pools, a 9,000 square foot garden, and a trophy room. The indoor pool really showcases the opulence of the modern digs.
Theirry Henry purchased his New York City penthouse for $9 million. The home stretches across the top two floors of a SoHo building. He then spent $5.85 million to buy the floor below his new digs. His total investment? Just shy of $15 million. For that price, he received 5,607 square feet of floor space and a further 4,500 square feet of outside space. The apartment comes equipped with kitchen quarters for a chef, a media room, and a huge 72″ TV.
David Beckham makes an even pricier splash on our list with the next entry.
David Beckham (Appearance #2)
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After selling their last mansion for $20 million the Beckhams picked up a new home for $50 million. The home was quickly dubbed, ‘Beckingham Palace II’ by members of the press. The home, paid for in cash, is based in Kensington and features a five-story 9,000 square feet design with eight bedrooms, a gym, a massage room, a spa, and a ‘powder room.’
The next mansion features a whopping 10 bedrooms.
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John Terry owns a massive $7.5 million home which features 10 bedrooms, a 34 seat home theater, an underground aquarium, and many other amenities that will make any non-millionaire jealous. Many of the home’s most special features have been kept out of the spotlight but it’s a beautiful home even without knowing the specifics.
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Didier Drogba spent $14.4 million for a home built on a 2,400 square-foot piece of land. The mansion offers 8 bathrooms, 7 bedrooms, a sports museum, and a number of smaller rooms for children. With a weekly salary that would make most hourly workers swoon, we have no doubt this won’t be the biggest home purchase Drogba makes during his life.
30 rooms? That’s what our next home features.
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Samuel Eto’o bought his dream home for about £25 million. He was lured to the property by its 30 rooms and a heliport which makes getting to matches super easy. The home also features some amazing history, having once been owned by British Lord Carnarvon, one of the men who helped unearth the tomb of Ancient Egyptian ruler Tutankhamun. A “curse” is said to have led to his death and the death of his nephew. In 2001, Countess Francesca Vacca Agusta, the former Gucci model, purchased the home and soon afterward her body was found washed up on the shores of Saint-Tropez.
John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel purchased this lavish home in London, England for $6 million. The home features a massive indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, home cinema, sports room, and a spa. With enough bedrooms to host many guests and plenty of room for his large collection of supercars, the home was a steal.
The final guy on our list is one of the most respected football managers in the sport’s history.
Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson
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Sir Alex Ferguson is best known as the beloved and long-running manager of Manchester United. With decades of experience and pay under his belt, he put down for a 2.5 Million Pound Tudor home equipped with a gym, five bedrooms, and a massive and beautiful garden. It really does pay to both play and coach in the biggest sport in the world.