By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on May 22, 2014
Athletes make so much money that a lot of them have a hard time figuring out what to do with it all. Then there are others who spend too much money on ridiculous purchases that they have to file for bankruptcy. If there’s one thing all 15 athletes on this list have in common, it’s that their awesome purchases will make you hate your life.
Ever wonder what it would be like to have an entire public flight on a Boeing 737 to yourself? Well, Vince Young pulled it off when he bought 120 tickets on a Southwest Airlines flight that flew from Houston to Nashville just so that he could be the only customer on board.
Tiger Woods has not one but two tricked-out golf carts. One has a stereo system, spinner wheels, and can get up to 28 miles per hour. Another is a H2 hummer that is also decked out.
If you think Woods’ golf cart is cool, you have to check out Bubba Watson’s golf cart hovercraft.
Basketball player Jerome Williams felt the need to spend money on his own personal mascot named the Junkyard Dog. The mascot would show up at games with the sole purpose of cheering for Williams.
It’s not surprising to find out that NBA players spend a ridiculous amount of money on sneakers. However, some collections are just way over the top. Joe Johnson has a room dedicated to his shoe collection that can hold over 1,000 pairs of sneakers. It also comes with a bed, climate control, and a basketball hoop. Oh yeah, the only way to get into it is with Joe Johnson’s fingerprints on a scanner.
Having a personal bat cave would probably be the coolest thing ever. Danny Granger must have thought so, which is why he decided to build one underneath his house. Apparently, it resembles the bat cave in The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Kobe Bryant beats the horrible Los Angeles traffic by traveling to games in his personal helicopter. In fact, he uses the helicopter every day to get from the Staples Center to his home in under 20 minutes. The helicopter cost him 250,000 dollars, but no one can put a price on getting home early to hang out with the family.
When Jamal Lewis filed for bankruptcy, I wonder if an indoor waterpark had anything to do with it. Lewis bought a 50 percent stake in the Fort Rapids Waterpark Resort. I suppose being able to use one of the largest indoor waterparks in the country at the drop of a hate would be neat.
Most professional athletes have insane car collections. However, soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo may have one of the most impressive collections of any athlete. In his large garage, he has a Maserati GranCabrio, a Mercedes Benz C220 CDI, a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, a Porsche 911 Carrera 2S Cabriolet, an Audi Q7 and a Bentley GT Speed, among several others. His only problem is picking just one out to drive on a given day.
Evander Holyfield’s 235-acre, 54,000-square-foot mansion sounds like the perfect home to live in. Unfortunately, Holyfield never truly got to enjoy it because it was constantly in and out foreclosure with it eventually being sold at auction for half of the amount of money that he sunk into it. Regardless, having a huge home like the one he did own would be awesome.
I’m not sure if I would purchase three white Bengal tigers, as boxer Mike Tyson did, even if I had the money to do so. With that being said, it would be cool to have a few tigers as pets.
One of the most ridiculous purchases on this list is definitely Floyd Mayweather Jr. buying his fiancée the ‘Heart of Eternity’ diamond necklace. The blue diamond measures out to 27.64 carats and is said to be one of the rarest in the world. Dropping 16 million dollars on a piece of jewelry for a loved one is definitely an awesome purchase.
Golfer Greg Norman has one of the most expensive mansions of any athlete on the planet. The 65 million-dollar home, which is located on Jupiter Island, sits on eight acres of land and takes up 18,000 square feet. It consists of six buildings, a garage that can hold up to 17 cars, and is located on one of the most luxurious islands in the United States.
Norman also has the most impressive yacht of any athlete on the planet, which cost him 70 million dollars. The 228-foot boat has a movie theater and state-of-the-art diving equipment. There are also several smaller boats that can be launched for more mobility.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan has a customized Gulfstream IV private jet with his trademarked logo on it. Of all the awesome purchases on this list, a private jet might just be the best because having the ability to travel anywhere in the world whenever the time suits it would be amazing.
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