The rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to have spread to the motoring world, where the Argentinian had reportedly outbid his Real Madrid counterpart for the world’s most expensive car.
At the 2016 Retromobile Salon, a 1957 Ferrari was sold for $35.7 million, or roughly £24.6 million or €32 million. The 1957 Ferrari you see in this article’s photo gallery was more costly than the more costly one that was sold at auction for $38.1 million because of the current valuations of the British pound and euro relative to the US dollar.
Although the buyer of the car was unknown at the time, rumors circulated that two well-known football players—Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, for our American readers—had expressed interest in it and made bids.
Sport.es says that a report that originated from a hint in the press announcement announcing the sale claims that Barcelona’s star player submitted the highest offer and prevailed. The purchase hasn’t been verified yet, though. Moreover, Lionel Messi’s close associates refute the athlete’s involvement in the purchase.
The inconsistency between a report from the Proto Organization, the business that once owned the car, and that from those close to Messi is remarkable, but not unprecedented in the world of high-end products. This is not the first auction in which the buyer is still unidentified despite all of the media’s efforts to identify a particular customer.
The fact that Alessandro Proto, the multimillionaire Italian who sold the Ferrari, is well-known for working with high-profile football players and other athletes in real estate and other valuable commodities is another coincidence that might lend credence to the rumors. While it is possible that Messi was only a bidder, we do not completely rule out the idea that he actually purchased the car. Fortunately, Cristiano Ronaldo won’t have the chance to wreck it, unlike when he crashed his Ferrari 599 back in 2009.
Can the person who purchased the most expensive car ever sold at auction, based on currency conversion, please raise their hand?