For many people, cars are more than just a convenient way to get from A to B, and we choose a make and model that reflects something about our taste and personality, within a budget, of course. However, not all car purchases are based on the limited cash we have to splash around, and it seems that when you have mega funds available, splashing out on a fancy car is a popular thing to do. At least, that’s the case for some footballers, and here’s the evidence.

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1. The Range Rover customised by Stephen Ireland

You may think that the Range Rover is a rugged, high end, not particularly flashy all-terrain vehicle, and you’d be right, unless you’ve caught sight of the model that Stephen Ireland adapted to suit his tastes, by adding some very pink alloy wheels and a matching pink grill. Perhaps it would have been more fitting to have chosen his then team’s (Manchester City) colours at least.

2. El Hadji Diouf’s spectacular Cadillac Escalade

During his days playing for Wanderers (2005 – 2008), Diouf made sure he was noticed by driving his gold-plated Cadillac around town! He has also been seen driving a chrome-plated Mercedes, so this wasn’t a one-off slip in taste.

3. Sulley Muntari’s expensive Mercedes

Muntari splashed out nearly $1 million for a Mercedes Brabus G63 AMG 6×6. After all, when you have that kind of money spare, four wheels may not be enough.

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If you are thinking that getting into the car sales business may be a lucrative career change, you could be right, assuming you have plenty of footballers around to become good customers. Though it would be wise to get good motor trade insurance from somewhere like QuoteMeToday (quotemetoday.co.uk/motor-trade-insurance) for such unusual cars. Just make a promise to yourself to not let good taste be lost forever – advice which is too late for our last contender for the most outrageous footballer’s car.

4. Mario Balotelli’s Bentley Continental GT

After parting with $250,000 for this classic car, Balotelli, who was playing for Manchester City at the time, customised the car to give it a very unique look – camouflage! He later gave the car to his then teammate Urby Emanuel, and was said to be disappointed that his pal promptly switched it back to its original colour – white!