Footballers’ weirdest purchases as Jamie Vardy looks to snap up Inbetweeners car

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy does not appear to be following the trend of footballers buying expensive cars – as he wants the car from The Inbetweeners.

The Foxes star, who lifted the FA Cup earlier this month, is regularly seen driving his £165,000 Bentley Continental GT to training.

But The Sun reported that the forward – who went viral with his ‘Danish friends’ jibe to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Kasper Schmeichel in wants a new set of wheels from the hit Channel 4 series, a 1996 Fiat Cinquecento Hawaii.

The vehicle, which featured regularly in the comedy that followed four schoolboys and had a mismatches red door, went up for auction earlier this month.

Should Vardy decide to add the Fiat to his car garage, it would be one of the stranger purchases to be made by footballers but certainly not the first.

So Daily Star Sport has taken a look through the receipts of the footballing world to find the most bizarre purchases…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Swedish forward, still finding the back of the net at 39 years old for AC Milan, is not shy on the glowing opinion of himself.

And fans thought the former Manchester United man would start his own religion after buying a church in 2015 for £8.5m in Stockholm.

Instead, though, Zlatan renovated the plot to build apartments and sold the property a couple of years ago.

Sulley Muntari

Footballers regularly splash the cash on expensive cars, from Cristiano Ronaldo’s £7m Bugatti to N’Golo Kante’s Mini.

But none have pushed the boat out on wheels more than former Milan midfielder Muntari, spending nearly $1m on the six-wheeled Mercedes Brabus G63 6×6 in 2015.

It was not even available for public spending, with units limited to military, making the Ghanaian stand out in the training ground’s car park.

Didier Drogba

The Chelsea legend struck gold for the Blues when his penalty won the London side their first-ever Champions League honour in 2012.

And he splashed a year later by buying a 5 per-cent stake in a gold mine based in his native Ivory Coast, worth over £1bn at the time after producing 800,000 grams of the material.

Unfortunately, due to taxes on gold, Drogba only ends up taking home just over £1,000 a year from the investment.

When it comes to ‘long-term investments’, it could leave the Stamford Bridge hero waiting a very long time before making a profit.

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Djibril Cisse

There are several connections between football and royalty, such as Prince William’s support of Aston Villa and Arsenal cult hero Nicklas Bendtner’s title.

The Dane was given a ‘Lord’ title six years ago – but former Liverpool and QPR forward Cisse bought himself the title 10 years earlier.

Paying £2m for an English mansion while playing at Anfield, the 39-year-old was also granted the title of ‘Lord of the Manor of Frodsham’ as it came with the estate.

And it was a piece of history for the footballer, with the title recognised in the census-style ‘Domeday Book’ of 1086.

Mario Balotelli

Maverick decisions and the Manchester City legend come hand in hand, with stories of the Italian selling his $250,000 camouflage car in 2013 because he struggled to find it.

But Balotelli showed his compassionate side by buying a pet pig in 2013 which he called Super – based on his own nickname ‘Super Mario'.

Bought during his time at AC Milan, the pet did give the forward some trouble the following year due to his Liverpool transfer, with the 30-year-old required registration as a breeder and a health certificate for the pig.

John Terry

In the modern age of social media, footballers use the offseason to show off photos of their luxurious holidays to the nearest hot beach.

When Terry jetted off to the Alps during Chelsea’s 2014/15 Premier League title-winning season, the former defender was not able to enjoy the primary activity of skiing.

He said on Instagram: "Done a few mountain runs whilst the family was skiing. Altitude running at 2,700 metres was ridiculously hard."

Lionel Messi

As a six-time Ballon d’Or winner, Barcelona’s talisman earns millions through his contract with the club and other endorsements to splash on lavish property.

But Messi was forced to buy a property in the heart of the city just to get rid of his annoying neighbours.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reported in 2013 that the Argentine was living with his family in a flat while their house was being renovated.

The neighbours, struggling to pay their mortgage, rented out the place to fans wanting to get a better look at the forward – who gave in by buying the property!

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