While a lot has been said about the on-field comparison of ace footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, much hasn’t been talked about their comparison in the choices of their cars. The world is aware of Ronaldo’s affection for super-exclusive cars. However, Messi too isn’t far behind, and he too owns some of the premium cars in his collection, if not as super exclusive as those of Ronaldo. Here are those:
Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti
Among all the modern and new-generation sports cars and SUVs in his collection, the Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti holds a niche place for itself and has to be the most special one in the entire garage. This vintage sports model from Ferrari was bought by Messi in an auction, where he made the highest bid for the red coloured small sports car for $36 million.
The open-top two-seater Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti owned by Lionel Messi is a 1957 model, which has a 4.1-litre V12 engine. With a maximum power output of 400 bhp, the top speed of this Ferrari is rated at 306 kmph. For a car from the late fifties, these are some insane figures.
Ferrari F430 Spyder
Another Ferrari believed to be there in the garage of Lionel Messi is in the form of F430 Spyder. The Ferrari F430 Spyder was launched first in 2005 and was the flagship convertible car from Ferrari at that time. Lionel Messi acquired this car in 2007.
The Ferrari F430 Spyder used to come with a 4.3-litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine, which used to make 503 bhp of maximum power and 469 Nm of maximum torque.
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Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
The only Mercedes Benz offering in the collection of Lionel Messi is this – the iconic SLS AMG. Before it was replaced by the currently-on-sale AMG GT, the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG was there on sale as the flagship sports car from the three-pointed star.
The car which made the upward-opening gullwing doors a fashion statement, the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG had a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine. With maximum power and torque outputs of 571 bhp and 680 Nm respectively, the SLS AMG was one of the most powerful cars of its time.
The Maserati GranTurismo is one of the most used cars by Messi, which is in the special edition version of MC Stradale. This white-coloured sports coupe owned by him might not be an outrageous looking sports car as some of the other inclusions in this list. However, the car is a different animal under the ski, for it gets Ferrari-sourced underpinnings.
The Maserati Granturismo gets a 4.7-litre turbocharged V8 petrol engine, which makes 444 bhp of maximum power output and 490 Nm of torque. When it was introduced, the Granturismo was the most powerful Maserati on sale.
Pagani Zonda Tricolore
Lionel Messi also owns a super exotic Pagani Zonda Tricolore, which is a super-exclusive limited edition version of the Pagani Zonda hypercar. Only three units of the Pagani Zonda Tricolore were manufactured, and Messi owns one of these three.
The super-exclusive Pagani Zonda Tricolore is powered by a huge 7.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 petrol engine, which produces 678 bhp of maximum power and 780 Nm of torque. The car uses a special three-colour paint scheme and makes extensive use of carbon fibre in its design.
Audi R8 V10 Spyder
During his stint in the FC Barcelona football club, Lionel Messi was awarded some drool-worthy Audi cars, for Audi was the official mobility partner of the football club for many years. The Audi R8 V10 Spyder happens to be the most exclusive car awarded by Audi to Messi.
Messi owns a blue-coloured Audi R8 V10 Spyder, which has the same 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine which powers the mighty Lamborghini Huracan. In the R8 Spyder owned by him, the engine pumps out a maximum power output of 570 bhp and a maximum torque output of 560 Nm.
Audi RS6 Avant
The Audi RS6 Avant is one of the best sleeper cars money can buy, for it is a perfect family-oriented station wagon that has a sporty soul beneath it. This is the most powerful station wagon from the house of Audi, which was awarded to Messi by FC Barcelona in a stunning shade of blue.
Powering the Audi RS6 Avant is a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, which powers some of the sportiest modern generation Audis. This engine is healthy enough to make maximum power output of 560 bhp and maximum torque output of 700 Nm.
The Audi A7 owned by Lionel Messi might be the most regular looking car in the footballer’s collection. But in isolation, the A7 indeed is a special car to own. This four-door coupe with a sloping roofline and frameless doors was Audi’s answer to Mercedes Benz CLS and BMW 6-Series.
Messi owns an Audi A7 in a suede shade of black and has a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine under its hood. With this engine, the maximum power and torque outputs of A7 are rated at 296 bhp and 440 Nm respectively.
The only seven-seater SUV in the entire portfolio of Audi, the Q7 was also awarded to Lionel Messi in a rather subtle shade of white with blacked out highlights. This family-oriented SUV is a perfect option for Messi for taking his entire family at a time, due to its spacious and comfortable cabin.
The Audi Q7 owned by Messi is a petrol-powered model which has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The engine is powerful enough to make 248 bhp of maximum power and 370 Nm of maximum torque.
The Audi Q8 is the German carmaker’s take on the super plush and premium flagship SUV-coupe segment, which gets other SUVs like BMW X6, Porsche Cayenne Coupe. The SUV is positioned over the Q7 and while it is a five-seater model, it has a bigger road presence than the Q7.
Powering the Audi Q8 is a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine, which is powerful enough to make 340 bhp of maximum power output and 500 Nm of maximum torque output.
Range Rover SC Autobiography
There is no discussion about gigantic luxurious SUVs complete without factoring in the might Range Rover in it. Lionel Messi has a black-coloured Range Rover in the SV Autobiography trim, which happens to be the richest and plushest variant of the ultra-luxury SUV.
The Range Rover SV Autobiography sources its power from a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, which is one of the biggest and most powerful engines for an SUV. The engine makes maximum power output of 558 bhp and a maximum torque output of 700 Nm.
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Range Rover Sport SVR
The suffix SVR denotes that a Range Rover model has a sporty aura to it. Lionel Messi owns a powerful Range Rover Sport SVR, though it is finished in a rather simple looking shade of white. However, the black highlights which the SUV gets to give it a sinister appeal.
The Range Rover Sport SVR has the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine from the Range Rover SV Autobiography, and that too in the same state of tune – 558 bhp of maximum power and 700 Nm of maximum torque.
Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque is the smallest and humblest looking SUV in the entire car collection of Lionel Messi. The Range Rover Evoque is a great head turner, despite its compact dimensions for an SUV, due to its sloping roofline and crisp creases throughout its design.
The Range Rover Evoque owned by Messi is in a shade of white and gets a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which makes 237 bhp of maximum power output.
Mini Cooper S Convertible
It looks like white is one colour which Lionel Messi loves for his cars. The ace footballer even owns a Mini Cooper S Convertible in the subtle shade of white. Usually, people prefer funky colour options for this cute neo-retro hatchback.
The Mini Cooper S Convertible owned by Lionel Messi has a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which makes a decent power output of 175 bhp.
The only non-European car in the collection of Lionel Messi, the Cadillac Escalade is a plush luxury SUV from the United States of America, which is highly preferred by influential people for its massive road presence and the immense amount of comfort it offers.
The Cadillac Escalade owned by Lionel Messi is finished in a dark shade of black, which also is the highest-selling colour option for the SUV. It gets a massive 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine which belts out 403 bhp of maximum power and 565 Nm of maximum torque.