Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy you some extravagant things. These are a few ways rich and successful athletes have been known to spend their money.
Vince Young made bank as an NFL quarterback and spent his millions buying out commercial flights on Southwest so he could fly in peace all by himself. He also had a $5,000-a-week Cheesecake Factory habit and liked to drink $600 shots of Louis XIII. Young declared for bankruptcy last year.
Antonio Garay, NFL defensive lineman, owns a red Hello Kitty Smart Car that he is able to drive and fit in. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound nose tackle tweeted:
“Yo @TakeoSpikes51 I wish I had 4 hands 2 give the Hello Kitty drop top Smart car 4 thumbs UP but 2 will do.”
Soccer superstar Lionel Messi bought his neighbor’s house because he was annoyed by their noisy partying. Instead of calling the cops, Messi remembered he was insanely rich and just bought the property.
Tennis champ Novak Djokovic made sure he would never run out of donkey cheese, one of the rarest and most expensive in the world, by buying the world’s supply of it for himself. Djokovic bought the entire 2013 output from the Serbian farm that produces it at $576 per pound.
NFL running back Arian Foster bought each one of his offensive lineman a Segway for the holiday season. Foster spent over $50,000 on the gifts.
Baseball player Nelson Cruz generously bought a fire truck for his hometown in the Dominican Republic. He initiated a project with officials from the city of Las Matas Santa Cruz and was able to acquire donated ambulances and first response vehicles. He thought it was a good investment since they didn’t have any.
NBA basketball player Marquis Daniels isn’t afraid to show off his vanity. He ordered a custom-made pendant of his face in 14-karat gold with white and cognac diamonds.
NFL defensive lineman Darnell Dockett likes owning wild animals — which includes owning a pet alligator he named Nino. He also has a pet tiger and once attempted to purchase a monkey for $30,000.
Undefeated fighter Floyd Mayweather once bedazzled his iPod with an estimated $50,000 worth of diamonds. His flashy iPod is worth more than what most people earn in an entire year.
Gilbert Arenas, former NBA player, invested his money into building an aquarium for his house, which he filled with sharks. The sharks required a monthly maintenance bill of $6,500 to feed and care for.