As the curtain rises on another season of top flight football action in the Premier League, vehicle finance experts JBR Capital have published a list of the top 10 luxury cars bought by the players themselves.
Surprisingly, even though the average player’s salary is £2.4m a year (source: Global Sports Salary Survey 2016) the most popular car for a premier league footballer is the Range Rover Evoque, an SUV which starts from around £30,000.
JBR Capital put together a top 10 of the most popular cars purchased on finance by premiership players over the last two years.
While the relatively affordable Evoque finishes in first place, the top 10 shows that players don’t hold back when it comes to filling their garages with dream machines, with the rest of the line-up featuring supercars, luxury cars and even bespoke creations from aftermarket coachbuilders and tuning companies:
- Range Rover Evoque
- Lamborghini Aventador
- Mercedes-Benz Onyx G6 GLE Coupe
- Bentley Continental GT
- Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
- Lamborghini Huracan
- Jeep Wrangler Kahn Sahara
- Porsche 911 GTS
- Bentley Bentayga
- McLaren 675LT Spider
With enormous means at their disposal, it won’t come as a surprise to learn that players each own several cars on the list – such as an Evoque and an Aventador – but what will raise eyebrows is that finance is an increasingly important way to fund purchases.
Darren Selig, CEO and Co-Founder at JBR Capital, explained: “The highest-earning players can bring in six-figure salaries each week and could buy many of the cars on this list easily without finance, but like regular motorists, it pays to be smart and they are increasingly savvy in their financial affairs. They would rather spend large sums on investments such as property, and do not want to over-extend their budget with outright purchases. They also generally run finance deals from 2 to 4 years, as these allow them the most flexibility.”
Arranging finance involves paying an initial deposit and then making regular monthly payments until the end of the term, when the customer can then choose to pay the final balloon payment and own the car outright or refinance to buy another. According to JBR, it’s the latter that top flight footballers invariably choose.
The 2017/2018 Premier League kicks off on August 11 at 19:45 with Arsenal v Leicester.