Everyone knows that European football is a lucrative game. The players at the very top of this pyramid earn millions per month, not only from their contracts with football clubs but also the massive sponsorship deals they sign, as well as other advertising revenue. Considering that players like Ronaldo or Messi are so widely recognized that it is impossible for them to walk on any street in the world without being mauled by fans, privacy is also a big concern. Naturally, many of these footballers decide to go for private jets, which their salaries allow for. These footballers will also be seen in action at the coming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar as well, with them representing their national teams and vying for perhaps the greatest prize in the world of sports. Without further ado, let’s get into the list itself.
Gareth Bale spent a glittering career at Real Madrid, winning the Champions League four times, with a hat trick of the Champions League under his belt as well. Many have dubbed him to be the greatest British player of all time. There’s certainly no other British player who has a trophy cabinet as impressive as his. However, as time has passed by, the incredible powers of the Welsh winger have also slowed down, with him now plying his trade in the MLS. He owns a Cessna Citation XLS+, a great choice for traveling all around the country, which is something that he has to do a lot of. This aircraft goes on the market for a price tag of $8 million, which is quite a big number, but not quite for Gareth Bale, whose reported net worth is well in excess of $100 million pounds.
The celebrity boy of football, there really seems like there is no limit to the talent of Neymar. An artist dedicated to showboating, Neymar is able to do things with the ball that most people would consider to be outside the realm of imagination. Neymar plays for the Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain, a club that also contains the likes of Messi and Mbappe, making them the most feared attacking trio in all of Europe. Neymar owns a Cessna Citation Sovereign, a midsize jet that can very comfortably seat 12 people. Considering the $22 million price tag, Neymar definitely will be making good use of this aircraft.
One of the poster boys of the football world, Paul Pogba became the most expensive player in footballing history when he transferred from Juventus to Manchester United. In a move that saw him break shirt sales records as well as transfer records, Paul Pogba entertained the fans of the theater of dreams for 6 years before going back to Juventus. While many see his flamboyant persona as one that detracts from his footballing talents and sometimes even is directly in conflict with it, Paul Pogba’s colorful personality and his haircuts have made him a social media icon like no other. Considering his rather luxurious lifestyle, it should come as no surprise that he decided to go with the best of the best in the aircraft industry, Gulfstream. To be more precise, the Gulfstream G280 is a fantastic aircraft, known for its massive range of 6700 kilometers. This aircraft can seat 10 people in complete luxury. The oval windows on the Gulfstream are nearly as iconic as the haircuts that Paul Pogba gets. As we move into the World Cup 2022, France, the bookies’ favorites to win the world cup will be counting on Pogba to help them retain their title.
Eventually, it seems, all football-related lists seem to end with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. One half of the greatest duopoly that the world of football has ever seen, Lionel Messi is the highest-paid player in the world with his massive PSG contract. A talent that was nurtured by Barcelona, Messi won everything there was to win at the Catalan club, with 7 Ballon D’ors and 4 Champions Leagues being the jewel in his crown. Previously, Messi used an Embraer Legacy 650, but now he has leased a Gulfstream V for flying around Europe. It has a truly massive range of over 11,000 kilometers, making it ideal for intercontinental travel. Messi can travel with his family as well as his entourage due to the 16 people capacity of the jet. In fact, if you ever spot the jet, the tell-tale sign is the number 10 on the tail of the aircraft itself, signifying that this aircraft is owned by the Argentine icon.
The other half of the duo that has ruled the world of sports for the past 15 years, it should come as no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed person on Instagram. Charging nearly half a million for a single Instagram post, Ronaldo is sure to be rolling in the dough. His posh persona has meant that he never settles for anything below the very best in his career. This is also clearly seen in his choice of aircraft as well, with his Gulfstream G650 considered to be perhaps the single finest private jet that you can buy. The funny thing is that Ronaldo doesn’t own the jet but has actually leased it, with the cost coming in at about 6000 euros per hour. However, we think that he can easily afford that, considering that he tops the Forbes list of richest sportspeople year after year.
These footballers and their glamorous private jets will be showcased at the coming World Cup in Qatar. We’re going to be covering the events of the World Cup extensively, so make sure to stay tuned.