Visit any training ground of an elite football club and you will be greeted by a playground for the super-rich, with carparks dominated by the finest motorised machines available to man.

The latest suped-up sports car is the most expensive plaything a footballer can lay his hands upon, and garishness knows no bounds in the training complexes of professional teams.

Here, GMF takes a closer look at the favourite vehicles of some of the game's most prominent figures...

David Beckham

Becks has had to rein in his extravagant spending on cars somewhat since his family has grown over the years, with the former England captain now favouring practicality over velocity.

The LA Galaxy midfielder can be seen cruising the streets of Hollywood in a custom made Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, a somewhat more mature purchase then his younger days.

This is not to say the 37-year-old did not splash big to buy his 'Roller', with a fee of £350,000 the value of Beckham's car before he spent thousands more on modifications.

Earlier this year, Beckham sold five of his cars - worth more than £500,000 - that were gathering dust on his rarely used estate in Hertfordshire.

Steven Gerrard

Gerrard, like most of his contemporaries, can boast a wealth of cars in his collection, but is known to favour two in particular.

The Liverpool and England captain is a particular fan of his Bentley Continental GT - a popular choice among players - which can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under five seconds.

Gerrard has also fulfilled a childhood ambition with the acquisition of a Porsche 911 Turbo, which has a value of almost £150,000.

Lionel Messi

Messi's position as the finest player on the planet is one seemingly unquestioned, and the Barcelona star can also claim to have a fine taste when it comes to cars.

The Argentine superstar is clearly a keen speed freak, and can count a number of Ferraris in his collection, the most prominent of which is his silver F430 Spider.

Messi is also a fan of 'muscle cars' - evident in his ownership of a Dodge Charger SRT-8 - which can hit a top speed of over 170mph, although he may be tempted to trade it in with Messi Jnr on the way.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Real Madrid star caused uproar of sorts when he was papped driving his high-spec Lamborghini Aventador around Madrid with his son perched on his lap.

That wasn't the only time Ronaldo has run into trouble with his £200,000 Batmobile-inspired car, having seen it towed to safety after breaking down on the way to celebrate teammate Pepe's 29th birthday.

Among his collection of over 20 cars, Ronaldo also owns the fastest roadcar on the planet - the £900,000 Bugatti Veyron, which is capable of reaching a top speed of 268mph.

Wayne Rooney

Having made a name for himself at the age of only 16, Rooney's exploits on the road have been followed ever since he was first able to get behind the wheel.

Then at Everton, Rooney treated himself to a Ford as his first car before becoming more extravagant as his career progressed and he joined Manchester United.

The England striker is now more likely to be seen in his favoured Aston Martin Vanquish S or a sleek Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, although may be advised to leave the roof on these days following his expensive hair transplant last summer.

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