Cristiano Ronaldo had to play about five hours to buy the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. Messi put his hands on the Ferrari F430 Spider, sweating just 31 minutes on the field.
Examples of how much is the money that cars worth millions can be bought in only a few working days.
The conclusion is from a study of an English private company that looked at the “machines” of 250 players in three European leagues and tried to find out how long they would have to work in order to spend the thousands of euros that the cars that they take to practice or that they show on social media are worth.
To reach this conclusion, Carspring made an estimate of the annual salary of several players in the Premier League, England, Bundesliga, Germany, and La Liga Spain.
Divided this value, which excluded game prizes and publicity by the number of games played per season, regardless of whether or not they suffered injuries or were not summoned, and reached a value approaching how many minutes each of these players need to sweat their shirt to buy such cars.
It is not a scientific model 100% error-proof, but it allows you to have a rough idea of how much they earn and how easy and fast these footballers have money in their pockets to buy cars worth thousands of euros.
When talking about football in the last decade, it is impossible to ignore the Messi-Ronaldo duel. In the car of the case, based on the Carspring study, the Portuguese international had to play five hours, 15 minutes and 20 seconds to buy the exclusive Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, whose price without extras, is around two million euros. But the Argentinian was faster and sweated only 31.32 minutes to sit behind the wheel of the Ferrari F430 Spider (which costs about 400 thousand euros, basic price).
The person who had to work the least, according to this list, to buy the car that he drives is Jesus Navas, the Spanish player who returned this year to Spain, to Seville, after years in the millionaire Manchester City, England. He drives a Nissan Micra, valued at around 15 thousand euros, which he could buy by playing 11:17 minutes. The Argentine Carlos Tevez only need 18 seconds more. The highest-paid player in the world, playing in China, earn enough to buy a Porsche Panamera Turbo S (about 195 thousand euros, price-based) in just 11:35 minutes.
N’Golo Kanté, Chelsea, drives a Mini Cooper SD, whose price may be around 32 thousand euros. It takes him 12:58 minutes on the field to be able to buy it. One minute less than the Spanish player Fernando Llorente who is Renato Sanches teammate in Swansea has to play to acquire the most modest car in the list, a Fiat Punto.
Axel Witsel also drives in China, and according to Carspring at the wheel of a Cadillac Escalade, identical to that of teammate and former FC Porto player Hulk, whose base price is around 220 thousand euros. Only 15:31 minutes on the field are needed for the former Belgian Benfica player, to buy this machine of 425 horses.
Benedikt Höwedes drives a VW Beetle Convertible. Depending on the model, it costs between 26 and 30.5 thousand pounds – 15:52 minutes on the field for the Schalke 04 player.
The compatriot Andre Schürrle, from Borussia Dortmund, have to sweat 18:37 minutes to buy the Jeep Wrangler Sahara, from 39.5 thousand pounds.
The Nigerian Odion Ighalo is little known in Europe but he seems to be well paid in China, because he only needs 19 minutes on the field in order to go to a car concessionaire and leave at the wheel of a BMW X6, whose price, in Lusitanian lands, starts at 99 thousand euros.
At the end of the top 10 list are two Italians, the experienced goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, driving a Fiat 500. With almost 20 years of first division, 19:48 minutes are enough on the field to buy the car manufactured in Italy.
The compatriot Graziano Pellè is more extravagant. Playing in Eldorado of modern football, he only needs 19:58 minutes on the field to get his hands on the exclusive Morgan Aero 8, the price is around 135 thousand pounds.
There are other soccer stars such as Ronaldo and Messi who need to play more than 20 minutes to buy the car that they usually drive. One of them shares goals and joys with the Portuguese international, however with a lower salary. Benzema needs to do seven games (560 minutes) to buy a Bugatti Veyron, whose price is around 1.5 million euros.
Only in Real Madrid, there are two players who need less than an hour to buy some of the best brands in the market: Gareth Bale, only needed to play 37.55 minutes to buy the Mercedes SLS Roadster AMG GT (180 thousand euros), while his teammate Sergio Ramos, had to sweat 57.40 minutes to get his hands on the Mercedes AMG GT S, which in UK costs around 180 thousand pounds.
Among the superstars, especially attention goes to Wayne Rooney, who in 50.36 minutes earns enough to buy the Aston Martin Vanquish S (about 250 thousand euros, in England). Fernando Torres, who has passed the English football, also opted for the British brand but must play two hours and 19 minutes to buy the Aston Martin DB9, known as James Bond’s car, whose price is around 225 thousand pounds.
The Maserati GranTurismo is the choice of two French players: Griezman, of Atletico Madrid, has to sweat 64 minutes to buy it, while Paul Pogba, the most expensive transfer of 2016, only takes 24 minutes to raise the 182 thousand euros which is what the car costs.
The Range Rover, is very popular among players, it is the choice of Harry Kane, to which it cost 53.35 minutes, David de Gea from Manchester United, who only had to sweat 32.9 minutes and Tom Heaton the Burnley goalkeeper, had to work for 22 hours, 17 minutes and 49 seconds.
The most spender, taking into account what he earns, is the most transpired of the list: George Boyd from Burnley drives a Mercedes worth about 870 thousand euros, which means he had to play 30 games to pay for it.