Winning at Life – World Cup Stars and Their Homes
The the world cup just around the corner. Therefore, International Real Estate . News wants to give you a quick peek into the lives of some of its biggest stars. Here are one of the real estate properties from one of the stars of each group playing this year. However, this is by no means a comprehensive list of this year’s stars. Hopefully it is enough to show you that no matter how their teams perform, these world cup stars are still winners.
Luis Suarez Representing Group A: Uruguay, Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia
The Player Next Door
In 2014, Urguayan Luis Suarez bought his €2.9 million house right next door to his teammate, Messi. Dario Gol reports the house to be 2,000 square meters. It is located in the Barcelona neighborhood of Castelldefels. Some features of the house include a beautiful garden, a veranda, and two outdoor pools. The house is also on top of a hill, giving it views of the Castelldefels beaches and the surrounding nature.
Cristiano Ronaldo Representing Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal lives in a very swanky part of Madrid called La Finca. There, he puts his salary as Forbes’ highest paid athlete to good use. His mansion, valued at £4.8 million (about US $6.5 million) houses seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. He also has a mini-football pitch, an at-home gym, a swimming pool, and several personal chefs. Ronaldo lives there with his girlfriend and four children, who no doubt never lack things to do around their father’s decked-out mansion.
Paul Pogba Representing Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
French player Paul Pogba was named the most expensive player in the world in 2017. He spared some of that expense when it came to his home. Located in a suburb of Cheshire, Pogba actually paid £590,000 below asking price. The house £2.9 million came with a heated indoor pool, a sauna, and a game room. The so called “Pogbarena” is a new addition. Pogba built a mini-football pitch complete with an electronic scoreboard. After a hard game, he and his friends can take a rest in any of the five bedrooms that the house features.
Lionel Messi Representing Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
The One-Zero Eco House
Lionel Messi of Argentina has arguably the most visually striking house of the bunch. Famous architect Luis de Garrido built the house. De Garrido has built for various other celebrities, including Naomi Campbell. He explained in an interview that Messi’s house is chock-full of symbolism. Most noteworthy, is his the football shape of the main building. Second most obvious is a tie between the grounds of the house that look like an football field and the buildings shaped to look like Messi’s jersey number 10. However, there is more to the house than soccer. It is also built to be an eco-friendly feat of engineering. The house is situated 22 miles from Barcelona and has a view overlooking the Catalan mountains. All in all, it cost 7 million euros to design and build.
Neymar Jr. Representing Group E: Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland
The Parisian Mansion
Following his move to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar Jr. of Brazil moved into a five-story mansion that The Sun reported to cost £12,800 (around US $17,000) a month. It is situated in Bougival, a beautiful suburb of Paris 10 miles from the center. The mansion features all sorts of extras like an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. The house has been home to several big names. For example, Ronaldinho and actor Gerard Depardieu have both resided there previously. The mansion is 10,800 square feet and was built in the 1950s. However, renovations have since been made.
Mesut Ozil Representing Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
In 2011, German player Mesut Ozil gave a detailed tour of his home in Hampstead. The mansion is valued at £10 million, and it shows. His favorite room is a lavish living room where he hangs out with his friends. The tour also includes a look into his personal cinema/playstation room. In addition, his closets should not be forgotten. He gives a detailed account of his sneaker closet. Yeezys and Louboutins fill the space. Furthermore, he splashed his own brand logo across the house. He shares the house with his fiancee and pet pug Balboa. The home is also a nod to Ozil’s Turkish roots. Imports from Turkey decorate the house.
Raheem Sterling Representing Group G: England, Tunisia, Belgium, Panama
The Countryside Retreat
Last year, England’s Raheem Sterling bought a new home for £3.1 million. Because it is located in an idyllic countryside in Cheshire, there is plenty of space. Thus, the property is 7,500 square feet. The house features a wildlife pond just outside of the house and a paddock for horses. The property has five bedrooms and a guest house. Some extras include a triple garage for his extensive car collection, including a Bentley GTX and a Mercedes G.
James Rodriguez Representing Group H: Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal
La Finca…Part 2
Colombian player James Rodriguez actually lives in the same neighborhood as Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, the area is very popular with famous footballers. This is at least in part because of its natural beauty. For example, forests surround the area. James’ house in particular has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It is 850 square meters and has a ten-car garage. Some interior luxuries include a movie room, a gym, and indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. In 2016 the Olive Press reported that James was looking for tenants for the house. The price of living in James’ home was a measly €17,000 euros a month.
Thus concludes our tour of the world cup’s famous homes. We may not know who will win the world cup. However, you can decide for yourself who would win a competition between these properties. In fact, let us know which of these world cup stars have won you over with their homes! [Internationalrealestate News]