The most interesting houses in “MTV Cribs” always belonged to athletes. They might not have been the biggest or the nicest, but they were often the craziest. Athletes spend day and night working tirelessly at their sport, so their homes are a place where they can let loose and be creative – and that includes the cars in their garages.
Even more than musicians and hip-hop artists, athletes have some of the most eccentric and unique cars in the world. These range all the way from completely customized classics to million-dollar supercars. And while most high-profile athletes have at least one ride worth sharing on social media, these are the cars that stand out from the rest.
Cam Newton’s 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Cutlass
A sleek black Cutlass punched up with 24 karat gold accents is the whip of choice for the 2016 NFL MVP. A customs shop in Marietta, Georgia completely overhauled the car with 24k gold Panthers logos on the grille and a custom interior. Cam has no problem showing his emotions on the field and this car does exactly the same, with its gold-plated wheels and air ride suspension. This ride is an absolute head-turner.
Rafael Nadal’s 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
Winning a championship has its perks, but sometimes it can put athletes in awkward situations. When Rafael Nadal won the 2015 Stuttgart Open – his first championship on a grass court – he was awarded a 2016 Mercedes AMG GT, one of the sexiest sports cars in the world. Anyone would be thrilled, right? It’s a little more difficult to show your glee when Kia has been one of your key sponsors for nearly a decade. Despite having a flagship Mercedes, in neon tennis-ball yellow, right behind him, Nadal had to curb his enthusiasm in respect to the sponsor who writes his checks. Supposedly he even said, “It’s not a Kia, but it’s still good.” We’re pretty sure he took a joyride later that night.
Antonio Brown’s black-and-yellow Rolls-Royce Wraith
Done up in the official colors of the Pittsburgh Steelers, this impossible-to-miss car belongs to Brown, the team’s star wide receiver. This may be one of the brightest, loudest paint jobs ever seen on a Rolls-Royce, and it proudly boasts of the accomplishments the Steelers and Brown (there’s even a silhouette of him on the side). Brown was coming off a successful season in 2015, and gave himself the Rolls during the off-season. So if you’re in Pittsburgh and you see a Rolls that looks like the love child of a Steelers helmet and jersey…that’s probably Antonio.
Floyd Mayweather’s Bugatti Veyrons
Until the Chiron came around, the Bugatti Veyron was the fastest and most expensive road car in the world – costing roughly $2 million. So, any athlete would be lucky to have one, right? Well if you’re 50-0 boxing champion Floyd Mayweather…you have two. Floyd Mayweather is considered, by many accounts, to be the wealthiest athlete in the world, and he has no problem flaunting that money. In fact, one dealership owner claims that he sold Floyd more than 100 luxury cars over the span of 18 years.