Lionel Messi is used to breaking records on the football pitch, but the Barcelona stalwart may well have broken an altogether different kind of record last week.
According to Catalan newspaper Sport, the Argentinian was the winner in a recent auction for a classic 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti. It went for €32.1million (£25m), which breaks the world record to become the most expensive car sale in history.
As is usually the case with these things, the buyer wished to remain anonymous, but Sport claim to have got in touch with the previous owner's company, which suggested to them that the buyer was indeed the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
The car was owned by Italian billionaire Alessandro Proto, who recently made headlines after Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped from an upcoming movie based on his life. The Portuguese forward also bought an apartment in Trump Tower from Proto.
And, once again, Ronaldo is involved in this story as well. Apparently, the Real Madrid star had declared his interest in buying the Ferrari in question, but whether he made a bid or not is not clear.
Source: (Twitter @DNAofMotorsport)
The car is made valuable not just for its rarity, but for the fact that it was driven by motor-racing legend Stirling Moss in the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix. Despite its turbulent past, it remains in perfect condition and the auction started at €20m.
According to Forbes, Messi enjoys a yearly salary of $64.7m (£44.75m) so the car was well within his budget. Ronaldo, however, would have had the power to outbid his fierce rival as he reportedly takes home $80m (£55m). Perhaps he's spent too much on those first-class flights to Morocco.
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