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What do football stars Didier Drogba, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney have in common in addition to their remarkable turn of speed and a habit of scoring goals? All four of them are hooked on fast, expensive cars.
Didier Drogba is from the Ivory Coast, and one of the best football players in Africa. The Ivory Coast International has been instrumental in his country’s re-emergence as one of the powerhouses of African football. Pragmatism is Drogba’s hallmark and so is his choice of the Ferrari 430 Spyder. Costing £172,500, the car has a maximum speed of 320 km/h and can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in about 3.8 seconds.
Lionel Messi, the Argentinean striker, is currently ranked as the world’s best footballer. He likes to drive a Ferrari 360 Spyder, priced at £115,000. With a maximum speed of about 290 km/h, it can accelerate from zero to 97 km/h in 4.2 seconds, not entirely dissimilar to its owner’s acceleration once near the 18 yard box!
Cristiana Ronaldo has been the catalyst for many Portuguese victories. His skill, agility and speed on the field have made him a living legend. So when it comes to cars, Ronaldo’s choice of the Bugatti Veyron is not surprising. With an acceleration to shame even the Ferraris and Lamborghinis, the Veyron goes from zero to 100 km/h in only 2.5 seconds and has a maximum speed of 407 km/h. The price tag – £1,500,000 – is as spectacular as Ronaldo’s goals.
Wayne Rooney, the premier English striker known for his speed and powerful shots, drives a Lamborghini Gallardo. Able to reach a top speed of approximately 320 km/h, this little Italian dynamo costs £250,000 and can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in under four seconds.
– Haroon Rasheed
First published in the ADBUZZZZ Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on June 8, 2014.