Members of the England football team – and other Premier League footballers playing at the World Cup – will spend a record amount on luxury motors this summer, according to a firm that looks after celebrity car purchases.
Magnitude Finance, which has 13 of the 23-man England squad as clients, said it has been preparing numerous vehicle finance packages for players and their wives and girlfriends ready for when the tournament ends.
The average price of the cars being requested is £215,000 – which also happens to be the split each player will receive in bonuses if England go on to win the World Cup, although there’s no suggestion the team are getting that carried away already.
Footballers’ drives: England players will spend a record amount on new luxury cars once the World Cup is over, according to acompany that arranges their high-end motors
The most popular cars on order include the Audi R8 (top left), Lamborghini Urus (top right), Range Rover (bottom left) and Bentley Continental GT (bottom right)
The most popular cars being lined up include the new 2018 Range Rover, the latest Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, Audi R8 and Lamborghini’s eagerly anticipated SUV, the Urus.
Head of sales at Magnitude Finance, Tim Marlow, said: ‘From the proposals we’re putting together, it will be the largest amount of finance provided for our footballer clientele during a summer – irrespective of how England fair in Russia.
‘Many of the England squad, their wives and girlfriends and Premiership-based players representing other nations are looking to buy new cars either to mark a good tournament or a treat at the end of the season.’
The average price of the motors being lined-up for order is around £215,000. he said.
With the most popular models on the wishlists of England’s superstars costing from £112,000 to £178,000, it suggests most will be requesting plenty of customised options that will ramp the total price of each vehicle higher.
Coincidentally, the £215,000 average price is the same figure each member of the England squad would expect to receive if they won the World Cup this summer.
It has been reported that the entire squad would be gifted a £5million bonus from the English Football Association if they were to lift the iconic trophy.
Mr Marlow claims he has seen a rise in vehicle finance requests from players during their down time between matches.
‘The players will have a lot of time on their hands in between training and matches at the World Cup,’ he added.
‘Since landing in Russia, there has been a significant increase in traffic from the region to our website, which tells us they are busy looking at finance options for their next car purchase.’
Prices for the Bentley Continental GT start from £154,000
The Lamborghini Urus is due to arrive in the UK later this year, with prices starting at £131,500
Many footballers are said to be ‘long-term clients’ of Magnitude Finance.
The firm helps supply them with the latest flash vehicles by working closely with luxury dealerships, such as Redline Specialist Cars, Premier Sports Solutions and Optima Cars, all of whom have strong reputations in the market looking after high profile clients.
‘We have to be ready to react and turn deals around quickly; if they want a specific car they will come home from the World Cup and go out and buy it – they’re very impulsive that way,’ commented Mr Marlow.
‘There’s also a lot of competition among them – they all want to have the best, most exclusive car with the rarest features.’
The range-topping Mercedes-Benz G-Class G63 starts at £143,000 in the UK
The Audi R8 coupe start from £112,500 while the Spyder (pictured) price range is available from £121,000
A common motor among footballers in the Land Rover Range Rover. Prices range from £82,000 and move all the way up to £178,000
The car financing specialist said it tends to see a ‘flurry of activity’ during late June as players start buying jaw-dropping motors to arrive in for the first day of pre-season training.
However, in the last few years it has tracked a rise in the number of finance packages being arranged for partners of footballers.
Marlow said: ‘In recent years we have increasingly arranged more car finance for women than ever before and this summer is proving busier still with a lot of funding provided for players’ wives and girlfriends.’
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