Fifa World Cup 2018: Football superstars and the private jets they fly in

  • Fifa World Cup 2018

World Cup fever has gripped the globe. We’re almost halfway through the tournament and already we’ve had a few surprises – Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Spain have all crashed out and England actually seems like it has a decent shot at the trophy.

The star powers gathered in Russia is more than just testament to their talent, but also just how wealthy star players are. It’s also a truly international sport, with players attending matches and events all over the world. It is with these factors in mind that we have decided to take a closer look at the private jets some of football’s current top athletes — and one famous retiree — use to get around.


1. Neymar Junior

Cessna Citation Sovereign+

Brazilian superstar Neymar bought his Cessna Citation Sovereign after he and tax authorities had a slight disagreement about how much he owed. In they end, he plead guilty to the tune of about US$52 million (S$71 million) dollars, and the government seized his yacht and his previous jet, an Embraer 100. It seems Neymar took this as a sign that he was due for an upgrade, as a company of his, Neymar Sport E Marketing, acquired the Citation Sovereign soon after. Given his images on Instagram, it seems the football great is especially appreciative of the Sovereign’s 12-passenger seating capacity.

2. Lionel Messi

Embraer Legacy 650

While Messi and the Argentinian team are leaving the field earlier than expected, at least he knows can fly home in comfort aboard his Embraer Legacy 650. The 11- to 12-passenger jet can fly at a speed of Mach 0.8 and has a range of 7,222km, giving it transcontinental capabilities. It also has multiple berths and lie-flat seats, so he’ll be able to stretch out that hamstring.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Gulfstream G650

The Real Madrid star has the distinction of owning the most expensive plane of any player on this list: the US$64.5 million (S$88 million) Gulfstream G650. Ronaldo’s impressive jet has an ultralong range of over 12,875km, meaning he can travel from New York to Dubai or Los Angeles to Tokyo without refuelling. The spacious cabin can accommodate up to 19 passengers in a typical configuration and can sleep up to 10.

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Cessna Citation Longitude

Ibrahimovic decided not to play for his native Sweden in this world cup, having decided to no longer compete internationally. However, if the Los Angeles Galaxy star was interested in attending a few matches, he could hop in his Cessna Citation Longitude to get to Russia, although there would have to be a few stops given its 6,480km range. The plane is able seat as many as 12 and has a top speed of 881 kph.

5. Gareth Bale

Cessna Citation XLS+

Another player who isn’t competing at the Cup this year is Gareth Bale, who wasn’t able to carry his Wales national team past the qualifying rounds. But don’t feel too bad, flying around on your own Cessna Citation XLS does wonders for the spirit. While it has a more limited range than some of the planes on this list at 3,888km, its more than enough for making hopes around Europe. The midsize jet is also large enough for the Real Madrid player to take up to eight other people along for the ride.

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Published 2nd July 2018