We often think about our favorite athletes out on the field doing what they do best. So what about when they step away from sports and enjoy time at their lavish homes?
There are so many sports – and so many stars who have made a name for themselves by putting their talents to good use. Soccer, football, baseball, basketball, hockey. Is there no end to the number of sports out there in the world? If you don’t find yourself taking to one sport, there’s always a good chance that another could have everything you need. The high-adrenaline action from the field teamed with the fact we never know who will come out victorious is enough to keep plenty of us on the edge of our seats.
Whether you’re grabbing some snacks for the next big game or keeping up with your favorite athletes on social media, plenty of us have wondered what life is like away from sports for the top athletes of the world. It turns out that being the best in the game can pay a pretty penny if you’re lucky enough. It’s certainly something some athletes have learned over the years – and one they’ve used to their advantage. Now, these stars can enjoy some of the most lavish homes to relax and unwind after a long day of showing the world what they do best – and collecting the titles to prove it.
Aaron Donald spent years working out in the basement of his childhood home
Just because he is one of the NFL’s biggest stars doesn’t mean that things came easy for Aaron Donald. It turns out the youngster would work as hard as possible to make sure he was always ready for the field, even if that meant waking up at 4:30 am to workout in the basement before heading to school.
Sure, it might not be the dream of every teenager, but it helped Aaron become the star we know and love today. The football star grew up in Pittsburgh. He recently returned to his hometown and childhood home to workout with his cousin in a true blast from the past. Sometimes, hard work can go a long way, even when it doesn’t feel like it.
Aaron Donald’s LA mansion comes with plenty of outdoor space
Calabas is one of LA’s up-and-coming areas that’s filled with plenty of celebrities all looking for some time away from the rest of the world. It seems that La Rams star Aaron Donald is one on the list. His new home was built back in 1996 before it was renovated in 2014.
It turns out the house was bought by Nick Vlahos for $4.55 million, but he only stayed there for a year before flipping it on. Aaron purchased the mansion for $4.7 million and has been there ever since. This is just a drop in the ocean for Aaron, who signed a whopping $135 million contract extension deal in 2018. The enormous outside space means Aaron has plenty of room for partying with his teammates.
Stephen Curry has always been a part of the basketball world
Being one of the biggest basketball stars means Stephen Curry has made quite the name for himself. So was life always that way for the sporting legend, or did he have to work hard to make it to the top? Thankfully, Stephen was given a boost into the world of sports as his dad is a former NBA player as he spent years signed with the Charlotte hornets.
This means Stephen has always been a part of the sport and merely spent years perfecting the skills that have made him a hot one to watch on the court. Being a part of an NBA family means that Stephen has never grown up in poverty, but it also didn’t give him a guaranteed ticket to fame.
Stephen Curry lives in the wealthiest zip code in the US
What happens when you’re one of the best-paid basketball stars of all time? You splash out on a mansion in the wealthiest zip code in the States, of course. At least, that’s what Stephen Curry did as he now lives life in his $32.5 million Bay Area mansion.
It seems that Stephen and his family get to enjoy plenty of views of the prestigious area as the living room comes with floor-to-ceiling windows. Then, there is the poolside bar complete with a fire pit and built-in barbecue for those times the NBA star wants to party. The best bit? The lavish home even comes with its own guesthouse, meaning there’s plenty of room for some friends.
Jameis Winston was an instant hit on the football field
It turns out that Jameis Winston was quite the sports star when he was at school. As well as playing football throughout his time at high school, he also dabbled on the baseball field until he found what stuck. Thankfully, the Alabama locals liked what they saw and quickly gave Jameis everything he needed to make it to the top.
As if that wasn’t enough, ESPN went on to name Jameis as the best quarterback pick from across the nation, quite the title for such an up-and-coming star. The media in Alabama seemed to cover just about every game with Jameis, including the time he won the Gatorade Player of the Year. Things were always looking bright for this young star.
Jameis Winston’s lavish home is filled with plenty of perks
Being a quarterback comes with plenty of perks. You are one of the stars of the field, you get to help lead your team to victory, and you can live a life of luxury. That is if you make it all the way to the top and take a walk in Jameis Winston’s shoes. In 2016, Jameis spent a staggering $1.195 million on a brand new Meditteranean-style home in Odessa, Texas.
It turns out the quarterback got plenty for his money as Jameis can enjoy mahogany ceilings, a formal dining room, a music room, a game room, and even a home theater. As if that wasn’t enough, it turns out that Jameis’ luxurious home also has its own wet bar.
Russell Westbrook lost his friend while living at his Californian childhood home
Some sports stars burst into the game at the top of their performance, while others use it as a way to improve their skills over the years. Russel Westbrook is a basketball player who’s done nothing but continue to rise his way to the top since joining the NBA. Apparently, Russell knew that he wanted to be an athlete from an early age.
It all started when the legend and Khelcey Barrs II, his childhood friend, started dreaming about playing basketball for UCLA. Tragically, Khelcey lost his life playing streetball as it turned out the youngster had an enlarged heart. Although it was a tough time for Russell, the basketball legend eventually lived their dream for the both of them.
Russell Westbrook recently sold his 90210 luxury mansion
Being a basketball star has helped several athletes learn what it’s like to live the high life. That has been the case for Russell Westbrook in the last few years as the NBA legend has earned quite the reputation as a force to be reckoned with on the court. However, 2020 marked a new year for the sports star as he moved teams – and homes.
Russell now plays for the Washington Wizards and decided it was the perfect chance to move on from his 90210 mansion. According to The Times, Russell bought the house from reality star Scott Disick in 2015 for $4.65 million. The athlete recently sold the home in August 2020 for $4.375 million, meaning Russell lost a little along the way.
Derek Jeter lived in his childhood home when he was signed to the Yankees
Yankees fans across the nation would probably do a lot to get their hands on something from Derek Jeter’s past. That was the case in 2012 when his former Michigan childhood home went on the market for $140,000. A supermarket clerk invested in the home in 2011 and lived there for more than a decade before it was time to move on.
Believe it or not, but Derek was still living in this house when he learned he was signed to the Yankees. It turns out that Derek’s time in the neighborhood is still the talk of the street as the previous owner admitted people were really excited to tell her all about Derek living in the home when he was a child.
Derek Jeter didn’t have enough time for his New York castle
Let’s face it; Derek Jeter is arguably one of the biggest names in the sporting world, let alone baseball. He’s been a star ever since he signed up to the Yankees and now co-owns the Miami Marlins as he works on coaching players of the future. So, where does Derek spend his time away from the field? He was always found at his New York castle.
That was until Derek put the mansion on the market in 2018, as he decided it was time to let go of the place he spent so many of his childhoods. Apparently, Derek bought the castle in 2002 but realized he no longer has time to enjoy the space. The result? He put it on the market for a whopping $14.75 million.
Magic Johnson became someone to watch while growing up in Michigan
Sure, he is now one of the biggest names that basketball has ever seen grace the court, but that wasn’t always the case for Magic Johnson. Like most other sports stars, Magic needed to work, well, just that on his way to the top if he wanted to make a career for himself as the next biggest basketball legend.
Thankfully, things got off to an Amazing start as Magic became one of Michigan’s most successful youngsters. The teen was from a hard-working family and instantly learned from his dad that it’s best to over-deliver if you want to make it in the world. The result? Magic made it all the way to the NBA before he left the court following a health diagnosis.
Magic Johnson wanted a lavish home a little closer to home
Many of us dream about a mansion by the sea. Amazingly, Magic Johnson doesn’t have to wonder what that feels like as the former basketball star invested in a Southern California home to enjoy his retirement. Apparently, he used to own a home in Hawaii but quickly realized it was too far to travel when they wanted to get away.
It didn’t take long for Magic and his wife, Cookie, to settle on their 17 room Tuscan-style home. Now, the athlete can enjoy plenty of blended spaces as designers wanted to find a way to blur the outside and inside into one usable space. The result? There are plenty of places to enjoy the fresh sea air and views at this mansion.
Rory McIlroy grew up in Ireland, just one mile from his golf club
He might have grown up in Holywood, but it wasn’t quite the flashing lights of Los Angeles that many of us imagine. In fact, the golfing legend grew up across the pond in Ireland. Here, a young Rory learned everything he needed to make it as a golf star, and fans were given a chance to look inside his childhood home back in 2018.
Rory’s former house was on the market for £240,000 (approximately $328,900) and was just one mile from his favorite golf club. As if that wasn’t enough, Rory’s home also features an indoor driving range alongside an outdoor putting range, meaning future owners can feel what it was like for a young Rory trying to make it to the top all those years ago.
Rory McIlroy has moved to Florida to start a new adventure
Sports has given people a whole host of ways to make a name for themselves. Rory McIlroy is one of the many who’s made a career on the green thanks to his time as a pro golfer. Just because the sport isn’t always the most adrenaline-filled doesn’t mean Rory has missed out on living the high life throughout the years.
It turns out the golfer moved to Florida after investing in an $11.8 million mansion with neighbors like the Williams sisters and Michael Jordan. Here, Rory has plenty to keep him busy as the home comes with a whopping seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms. Oh, and did we mention it also has a pool, games room, recording studio, and home cinema?
Kevin Durant’s father left his life before returning many years later
Sadly, things weren’t always easy for Kevin Durant. The basketball star was raised in Washington DC, where it looked as though things were off to a good start. That was until his father sadly left the home, and the Durants had to find a way to cope without Kevin’s dad in their lives. Thankfully, that’s where his grandmother picked up the slack.
Although things looked tough for the star, Kevin still managed to work on his basketball skills until he made it to the big time. The best bit? Kevin’s father came back into his life when he was 13 years old and started traveling with his son to various basketball tournaments. He might not have been there his entire life, but Kevin’s dad made up for lost time.
Kevin Durant’s home has the obligatory basketball court
If you want to know what it’s like to live above the rest of the world, then you might want to try and get a room with Kevin Durant. The basketball star has caused quite the stir on the court, especially as KD has earned plenty of accolades along the way. If you’ve found yourself wondering what KD does when he’s not breaking records, it turns out he spends most of his time at his $6 million Oakland Hills mansion.
The home features impressive glass walls that give views over the city down below, as well as impressive seven bedrooms. The best bit? The lower level of the home has two apartments alone, while the outside is dominated by a basketball area.
Shaquille O’Neal’s childhood home has probably been destroyed
Like most of Newark, New Jersey, it seems that Shaquille O’Neal’s childhood home has been lost to building work over the years. That’s not the only thing that’s changed a lot since this basketball legend was a youngster. It turns out that his biological father once had a basketball scholarship, but he lost it all when the world learned he was addicted to illegal substances.
As if that wasn’t enough, Shaq’s father was sent to prison, leaving him in the care of his mom and stepdad since he was two years old. Sadly, things weren’t always simple for Shaw as he once confessed he would leave basketball games through the backdoor as he didn’t want to run into his dad while he was making a name for himself.
Shaquille O’Neal is still trying to sell his impressive Florida mansion
Although he retired in 2011, Shaquille O’Neal will forever be one of the most prominent names in basketball, thanks to his legendary career on the court. Shaw first decided to move to Florida in 1993 when he purchased this home for $4 million. Of course, there were some tweaks that needed to be done if it was going to become a home fit for an athlete.
The first thing on the list? Adding a 6,000-foot basketball court to the home. Shaq has continued to expand on his home over the years with the likes of a 95-foot swimming pool and a 17-car garage. Sadly, the athlete has been trying to leave for the last few years, and the mansion is now up for a staggering $16.5 million.
Chris Bosh would spend a lot of time at the Phelps Recreation Center
Okay, this isn’t strictly Chris Bosch’s childhood home, but it is the Phelps Recreation Center found just 20 minutes away in Dallas, Texas. It’s said that Chris would spend a lot of time here as a kid as he tried to learn everything about basketball and make some extra money on the side doing just about whatever job came his way.
During this time, Chris learned he loved basketball more than most people in town as he started playing the sport with his brother around the house when Chris was just four years old. Amazingly, this was also when the future star learned how to dribble the ball, but he didn’t take basketball seriously until he was in the fourth grade.
Chris Bosh’s lavish mansion had just about everything you could imagine
Being a basketball player has helped turn Chris Bosh into a living legend. The benefit? Chris has enjoyed a host of mansions to his name, sometimes with more than one to call his home at once. It turns out that one of the many on the list was this impressive abode in Los Angeles that came with just about anything a basketball player could need to relax and unwind.
The six bedrooms were just the start as the home also comes complete with a billiards hall, theater, an island picnic area, an outdoor pizza oven, a tiki hut, and a huge infinity pool that comes complete with a swim-up bar. Yes, it turns out Chris really did have it all with this place.
Wayne Rooney grew up in government-funded housing throughout his childhood
Even though he is one of the top soccer stars to ever hit the world, Wayne Rooney’s life wasn’t always filled with the glitz and glamor that he enjoys today. In fact, he was born and raised in a government-funded house. Apparently, Wayne’s mom, Jeanette, worked in the local school cafeteria and has continued to serve meals to children ever since.
In 2004, Jeanette vowed that she would never give up her work and live off her son’s fame, especially as she loves her work more than most things. Thankfully, Wayne has been generous with his money over the years as his mom now has a house of her own. She even gets to join Wayne on his lavish vacations.
Wayne Rooney now rents out his apartment in Florida
Just because he is a top soccer star doesn’t mean that’s the only way that Wayne Rooney makes his money. It looks as though the sporting legend could have branched out into real estate, too. In 2007, Wayne and his wife Coleen splashed out on an apartment in Florida for £320,000 (approximately $443,000), but it wasn’t long before the property market crashed.
The apartment comes with three bedrooms and a spacious balcony. It even has access to the condo’s heated pool and fitness room, but the Rooneys don’t spend much time at the place. Instead, the couple rents it out to make a little extra money on the side. At least it’s there when they need a getaway, right?
Wayne Rooney has spent a decade living in Waynesor Castle
It comes to something when your prestigious home is nicknamed Waynesor Castle. That’s right; the British soccer star knows how to live a life of luxury as he’s spent more than a decade in his £6 million home, estimated to be around $8.3 million. Things were going well for Wayne and Coleen until someone tried to break into their home during the athlete’s 2016 soccer season.
No one really knows what lies within the walls of their famous home, but rumors claim there is a hair salon to keep the pair looking ready for the paps at all times and even under-lawn heating. You know your career has probably done well when even your yard gets heating in the winter.
Wayne Rooney has spent millions of dollars building a new home
Having a seemingly endless pit of money means that Wayne Rooney has splashed out a little on his purchases, including building his very own Cheshire mansion. The soccer star reportedly spent £20 million (approximately $27.7 million) on making his dreams come to life, but not everyone was a fan of the finished look. Some even went as far as to say the home looks like a supermarket from the outside.
That doesn’t seem to have bothered Wayne, who has reportedly built a six-car garage, swimming pool, gym, cinema, bar, snooker room, and TV room. As if all of that wasn’t enough already, some claim there are two separate elevators – one for the Rooneys and one for their guests – as well as an underground panic bunker.
Wayne Rooney rents his Barbados home to the rich and famous
Would you believe that Wayne Rooney has homes just about everywhere in the world? One of the many on the list is found in none other than Barbados, where the Rooneys spent £5 million (approximately $6.9 million) on a fantasy home. As well as five bedrooms and access to a shared golf course, the villa also comes with a media room and infinity pool.
Perhaps you want to know what it’s like to enjoy a slice of paradise fit for a soccer legend? You’re in luck! Wayne rents out the villa throughout the year for £10,000 (approximately $14,000) a week in the low season and a staggering £25,410 (approximately $35,000) a week in peak season.
Anna Kournikova grew up in an apartment block in Moscow
It seems that some people were born to be stars. Anna Kournikova is one on the list as the tennis player comes from a pretty sporty background, with her mom being a runner and her dad being a former wrestling champion. Anna was born and raised in Moscow, where she lived in an apartment block throughout most of her childhood.
Here, she quickly learned that she loved tennis, and Anna even got her hands on her very own tennis racquet when she was just five years old. Two years later, Anna was enrolled in a professional tennis academy. By ten years old, Anna was signed up to her first professional management, a move that meant the youngster could start training in Florida.
Anna Kournikova’s former Miami mansion looks like it’s plucked from the Meditteranean
Stepping into Anna Kournikova’s former mansion is like taking a step into a Meditteranean paradise. The home is covered with lush ivy and greenery that helps bring the place to life and features stunning sculptures and additions around every corner. The twist? It’s actually found in Miami. There’s plenty of room for guests as the mansion comes with eight homes and just as many bathrooms.
Of course, you have to get through the gates before you can even take a sneak peek at the house. Inside, high ceilings and plenty of wooden beams mean there are details across every inch of the home. As if that weren’t enough, almost every room has oceanfront views, meaning you’re never far away from the beauty.
Patrick Mahomes lived with his parents until they split when he was 11 years old
Built back in 1993, it looks as though Patrick Mahomes’ childhood home had everything he could need. It comes with 1.6 acres, a jacuzzi in the master bedroom, a games room, a hot tub, a gazebo, and a large swimming pool. Patrick first moved into the home when he was two years old and lived there for many years with his parents.
The reason they could afford such luxuries? Patrick Sr. was a professional baseball player, meaning he had some money to burn on the side. Sadly, the couple sold the home in 2005 as Patrick’s parents decided to go their separate ways. However, he didn’t have far to move as his mom bought a home also in Tyler, Texas.
Patrick Mahomes recently invested in a $2 million mansion
Proving his worth as the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback time and time again means Patrick Mahomes is a force to be reckoned with on the field. The best bit? His potential $503 million contract he signed in 2020 is the second largest in sporting history, meaning he has plenty to spend on a few luxuries here and there.
It didn’t take long for Patrick to settle on a $2 million mansion in Kansas, meaning he’s always close to his team. Although the mansion has just three bedrooms, it’s currently more than enough space for Patrick and his fianceé alongside their new baby. When they’re not learning the parenting ropes, Patrick can relax with the private drinks cellar and large pool that fills the outdoor space.
DeAndre Hopkins dealt with several tragedies while growing up in South Carolina
Tragedy seems to be something that’s followed DeAndre Hopkins around from a young age. The NFL star was just a baby when his father lost his life in a car accident. That was just the beginning, as DeAndre recently opened up that his dad was facing years behind bars for trafficking illegal substances and was out on bail during the time of the accident.
To make matters worse, DeAndre’s mom was involved in an acid attack when he was ten years old, leaving her permanently blind after a boyfriend’s lover put her in the hospital. Apparently, she was in a coma for weeks after the unprovoked attack but always turned up to each of DeAndre’s football games to cheer her son on from the sidelines.
DeAndre Hopkins forked out a whopping $5.1 million on his new mansion
If you love natural light, feeling like you’re away from the rest of the world, and a space filled with luxury, then you might want to check out DeAndre Hopkins’ new $5.1 million mansion in the aptly named Paradise Valley, Arizona. Luxury really does ooze from every area of this custom-built home.
The Realtor site states the yard is dominated by an 80-foot lap pool for those times anyone needs to cool down. Then, there are the fantastic windows that let in all the light while still maintaining plenty of privacy. As if that wasn’t enough, the site claims the sun patterns in the area were analyzed to ensure the perfect placement of the mansion. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference.
Lamar Jackson lost his dad when he was just eight years old
Okay, so we don’t specifically know where Lamar Jackson grew up, but we do know that he was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. It seems the quarterback had all the training he needed to make it on the field as his dad was once a football player himself. Apparently, Lamar and his siblings would often play football with their dad as he learned to fall in love with the sport.
All that time together meant it wasn’t long before the quarterback became a self-proclaimed daddy’s boy. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long. Lamar’s dad tragically passed away when he was just eight years old. It wasn’t long before Lamar turned to his mom, who stepped up as Coach Peanut to guide the quarterback to success.
Lamar Jackson wanted to make his mansion his first NFL purchase
Being just 20 minutes away from the Ravens’ practice ground means quarterback Lamar Jackson is always on hand for training in between games. Several people thought the player rushed off the field to use the bathroom in December 2020, but it turns out things might not have been so bad after all.
Thankfully, Lamar has access to five bathrooms at his mansion that he first purchased back in 2018. Apparently, Lamar told his loved ones that it would be his first full purchase as soon as he earned those NFL bucks – and he was true to his word. A few renovations later, and Zillow now estimates that Lamar’s pad could be worth up to $1.2 million, a number that’s probably only set to grow.
Tiger Woods’ dad always planned on turning his childhood home into a museum
If there is one thing many of us have learned about Tiger Woods, it’s that his father was always the biggest believer that Tiger would become one of the greatest golfers of all time. In fact, it’s said that Earl pushed his son so far that Tiger was only encouraged to focus on golf – nothing else. It all started at Tiger’s family home in Cypress, California.
The Woods family grew up in a bungalow that was surrounded by golf courses for young Tiger to work on his game. Apparently, Earl was so confident that his son would make it in the world that he always vowed never to sell the bungalow and turn it into a museum dedicated to the star.
Tiger Woods is recovering at his $51 million Jupiter Island mansion
2021 was off to a bumpy start for Tiger Woods as the golfer was involved in an almost fatal car crash that saw him get rushed off for emergency surgery to repair the damage to his leg and ankle. Thankfully, Tiger pulled through and has since been discharged from the hospital. This has left many people wondering where Tiger Woods has been recovering the last few weeks.
Apparently, that’s at his $51 million Jupiter Island mansion. The home is split up into two sections that are connected by a glass walkway. Inside, Tiger is greeted by an impressive gym, a lift, a drinks cellar, and a media room. It might be no surprise that Tiger also has a guesthouse nestled away, too.
Michael Jordan had a lot of support from his family
Long before Michael Jordan became one of the biggest basketball legends and an incredible business owner, he grew up in rural North Carolina. Here, he lived in a simple house that was surrounded by many generations of his family, including Michael’s great-grandfather. It’s said that his parents always had strict rules to try and keep Michael and his four siblings out of trouble.
Thankfully, life wasn’t all about sticking to the rules, as Michael’s father introduced him to sports at a young age. As well as showing Michael the ropes on the baseball field, he also built the youngster a basketball court in the family’s backyard. Without this early support from his family, there’s a chance that Michael would have never fallen in love with basketball.
Michael Jordan has been trying to sell his mansion for almost a decade
Even though Michael Jordan lives in a customized mansion, it seems the basketball star is ready to move on from Chicago – and has been for some time. The legend allegedly has tasteful Air Jordan logos dotted around, a number 23 front gate, and several customized areas of the home that have been perfectly crafted to suit Michael’s every need.
However, no one has been on the market for the home since it was first listed in 2012 at $29 million. Since then, Michael has been forced to slash the price to a measly $14.9 million in the hopes the new documentary, ‘The Last Dance,’ will drum up some interest in the property. Time will tell if anyone takes the bait.
Micheal Strahan lived across the world throughout his childhood
Being the youngest of six children means that Mike Strahan has always had a lot of competition in his family. The youngster was born into a sporting family as his dad is a retired boxer, while Micahel’s mom is a basketball coach. However, it was football that really caught Michael’s eye all those years ago.
Michael grew up in Houston for nine years, but he moved across the pond when he was nine years old as the Strahans lived at an army post. That was until Mike was in his senior year, as his father decided to send him back to Houston to live with his uncle. Here, it took just one season of football for the youngster to earn a scholarship in football.
Mike Strahan has one of the sleekest mansions of any athlete
When we think of NFL players, we’re not sure that grace and elegance are the first words that come to mind. However, looking at Mike Strahan’s mansion has us thinking it could be time for that to change. Mike built an incredible career on the field where he often showed off his amazing football talents before turning his hand to work as a TV host and commentator.
It turns out this is just one of the houses that Mike has to his name, and it one of the most glamorous on the list. The white exterior teamed with the French doors has left us wondering what lies behind those walls. We do know that it comes with 20-foot ceilings and set Mike back $17 million.
Tom Brady always knew that he wanted to be a football star
Being one of the biggest names in the NFL means that most fans of the sport have heard of Tom Brady once or twice, even if he’s never played for their favorite team. It turns out the quarterback wasn’t always the star that many of us know and love today. Tom was born in San Mateo, California, where he was the only son out of four children.
However, it didn’t take long for Tom to realize that he loved football and instantly started going to every San Francisco 49edrs game he could get tickets for along the way. It was here that Tom realized he wanted to be a part of the action and quickly started playing college football at the University of Michigan.
Tom Brady is reportedly a part of the prestigious Yellowstone Club
Okay, this isn’t a confirmed house, but if the rumors are true, then it looks as though Tom Brady might be a part of the Yellowstone Club. It might be no surprise as Tom is arguably one of the best-known names to come from football, and the club is reserved for people with a little extra money to spend.
Melinda and Bill Gates and Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are just two couples who also spent a lot of time within the club rounds. However, Yellowstone Club isn’t for everyone as people have to fork out millions for the property before paying the reported $300,000 it takes to become a member. All in all, some reports claim this could set people back a staggering $25 million.
Tom Brady decided to downsize his New York apartment
There seems to be something about high-profile athletes and New York homes that go hand in hand. At least, that’s the case if you want to add another home to your long list of houses. It seems Tom Brady is yet another person who’s invested in some New York real estate, but things might not be all they seem.
Tom once invested in a 12th-floor apartment for $25.5 million. However, some reports claim that Tom sold his home in 2021 for a staggering $36.8 million for a smaller house within the same unit. Apparently, the quarterback is busy building other homes and expanding his long list of mansions to his name, so he didn’t need something so large.
Tom Brady reportedly spent $17 million on a private island home
2020 was a strange year for us all as we learned to deal with something that quickly became the new normal, even if many of us can’t wait to see it come to an end. Whether you spent the year learning how to bake banana bread or you spent the time watching all the latest Netflix shows, there was something for everyone throughout the global pandemic.
Tom Brady? The quarterback apparently spent his time looking for a new private bunker and quickly settled on a spot on Indian Creek in Miami. You’ll need a lot of money and some pretty high-up connections to get a spot here as the island has a population of just 86, made up of mainly billionaires.
Cristiano Ronaldo grew up in extreme poverty with his family
Sometimes, it’s not about the cards the world deals you, but about how you use them. Cristiano Ronaldo grew up in Madeira, but things got off to a rocky start. Apparently, his father had an addiction to drink and was worried about how many children they had already, while his mom was worried about how they would afford to pay for another baby.
They almost didn’t welcome Cristiano into the world, but thankfully, something changed, and we now have the soccer star that many of us know today. Cristiano was already a huge name on the pitch before he was a teenager. However, things changed when he was 14 as a semi-professional club convinced Cristiano’s family to let him drop out of school to focus on nothing but soccer.
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly invested in a $2.3 million home during the pandemic
Some soccer players can easily fade into the background. Others, like Cristiano Ronaldo, will forever go down as one of the greatest players the world has ever seen. Perhaps that’s why he walked away with $109 million in 2019? The Sun reports the soccer star has plenty to spend his money on as Cristiano reportedly had his eye on this stunning villa in Marbella.
It’s said the home cost a staggering $2.3 million and gave Cristiano the perfect place to relax and keep safe amidst the global pandemic in 2020. The giant infinity pool is the best way to keep away from the rest of the world while still getting the chance to see it all pass by below.
Lionel Messi was given a chance by a soccer academy in Barcelona
There are times in life when we need someone to take a chance. That was thankfully the case for Lionel Messi when he was an up-and-coming soccer star as the youngster quickly learned that he had a condition that could have ended his career before it even began. That’s right; Lionel was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency.
This meant he had to have several injections throughout his life – something that would have cost a small fortune. Sadly, the soccer star was born in Argentina, and it’s suggested that his family wouldn’t have been able to afford the treatment. That was until a Barcelona academy was so impressed with his skills that they took Lionel on and paid for all of his medical bills.
Lionel Messi has crafted one of the most unique looking eco-homes
At first glance, Lionel Messi’s home isn’t for everyone, but a lot of work and planning has gone into making the One-Zero Eco House a reality. It turns out nothing was overlooked as the soccer star spent a reported 7 million euros (approximately $8.4 million) building the house of his dreams. To start, the home is built in Barcelona, surrounded by the Catalan Mountains.
Then there’s the fact that Lionel wanted a circular house as opposed to the regular square-shaped houses we’re so used to seeing. From above, the mansion looks a little like the number 10 – the number Lionel has worn for so many years. Of course, we can’t forget the half-mirrored-half-glass roof used to flood the space with plenty of natural light.
Peyton Manning grew up in a more lavish childhood home than other athletes
We know that some people might be questioning if this is Peyton Manning’s childhood home or the one he bought after making millions as a top sporting legend. It turns out that Peyton really did have the joy of growing up in this mansion, but that didn’t mean that things were always easy for the star.
After all, all the money in the world can’t buy you a spot in the Hall of Fame if you don’t have the talents to back it up, right? Being any type of athlete takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it to the top, something Peyton has learned a lot about along the way. Thankfully, it all worked out in the end.
Peyton Manning has been living in his Cherry Hills mansion for years
It’s tough to know what to do with all of your money when you’re one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. At least, we can imagine it is when there are so many things in the world to buy. Thankfully, Peyton Manning seems to have found plenty to keep himself busy as the quarterback now lives his life tucked away in his Cherry Hills estate.
The mansion was built back in 2004 and already featured some innovative ideas, such as the heated dog room with space for our four-legged friends to venture outside. It seems that heating is a prominent feature in this home as Peyton also enjoys heated floors to make those cold winter nights in Colorado a little more bearable.
David Beckham’s childhood home failed to sell in 2008
Some people would do anything to get their hands on the place David Beckham once called home. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be for the new owner of the East London home as Iftikhar Mehmood put the place on the market in 2008 and failed to reach the £250,000 (approximately $345,000) asking price. Apparently, he never even knew that David once called the place his home.
Iftikhar invested thousands of dollars turning the home into two London apartments and hoped the ‘Becks Effect’ would soon drum up some interest. There might be a reason the apartments didn’t sell: David only lived in the house until he was two years old, meaning there’s only a couple of years of history.
David Beckham spent $10 million renovating Beckingham Palace for his family
It turns out that Wayne Rooney isn’t the only one who has some royal influences when it comes out the name of his house as David Beckham – aka soccer legend since the ’90s – also has his own claim to fame with Beckingham Palace. The grade II listed home is found in one of the most prestigious areas of London, but it took a long time to make the Beckhams’ dream come true – and a lot of money.
That’s right; David and his wife Victoria allegedly spent a whopping $10 million to make their dreams come true. Amazingly, not all of the money was spent on the lavish interior of the mansion as the couple also have two acres of orchards in the often cramped city.
Anthony Davis didn’t always focus all his time on basketball
Growing up on the South Side of Chicago means that Anthony Davis had a lot of inspiration when it came to sports. However, the youngster didn’t always spend his time on the basketball court as he was enrolled in a course that put a lot of emphasis on math and science. Thankfully, he still found time to work on his sporting skills away from the classroom.
It didn’t take long for people to realize that Anthony had a lot of potential, especially as he was perfecting his long shots before he was handed an official NBA jersey. It might be no wonder this became one of his signature moves as Anthony now stands at a whopping six-foot-ten-inches tall. That’s pretty impressive.
Anthony Davis’ recent deal means he can splash out on his mansion
Being a basketball player might mean it’s no surprise that Anthony Davis’ mansion comes with its own indoor basketball court. However, that’s not the only thing on the menu for this sports star at his $6.6 million Westlake Village home. December 2020 marked a huge moment in Anthony’s career as the athlete signed along the dotted line of a $190 million contract.
Perhaps that’s why he now enjoys some incredible additions to his home? That’s right; Anthony has everything from a gym to a library with everything – including a movie theater – in between. The entire mansion is complete with a giant pool that features not one but two waterslides and plenty of breathtaking views. That’s fun for all the family, right?
Paul George was always a fan of the Los Angeles Clippers
It looks as though Paul George’s family really has a thing for the name Paul as his mom is called Paulette and his dad is Paul Sr. The George family are all originally from Palmdale, California, where Paul learned that he has quite a few basketball skills hidden up his sleeve. Even so, the NBA star didn’t play for an organized team until he hit high school.
Growing up, Paul was a huge Clippers fan, but his wandering basketball eye couldn’t help to look up to Kobe Bryant, who he describes was always his favorite legend on the court. Thankfully, his dreams turned out alright in the end, as Paul has been a part of the Los Angeles Clippers since 2019.
Paul George has his house on the market for $9.5 million
The NBA announced that every player was in for a move as they decided to relocate teams to Orlando to try and restart games during the pandemic in 2020. Paul George was one of the many set to move, but it seems this legend had moving plans of his own all along as he took the time to put his Hidden Hills mansion on the market.
Paul paid a tidy $7.4 million for the home back in 2016. Now, it seems he wants to make some profit from his investment as the home is now up for a staggering $9.5 million. Thankfully, anyone lucky enough to have that much sitting in the bank gets to enjoy the basketball court, spa, and swimming pool on offer.
Paul George has invested in a fellow basketball star’s former mansion
It seems Paul George and DeAndre Jordan have a lot in common. Not only are they both talented and highly appreciated NBA stars, but Paul also spent a cool $16 million on DeAndre’s former mansion. It’s quite the step up from his first investment.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a home fit for an NBA star if it didn’t come with something related to the sport, meaning this one has a half-basketball court for Paul to brush up on his skills. There are plenty of rooms if Paul decides to invite some of his teammates round as there are a whopping ten bathrooms and seven bedrooms. Plus, if they want something interesting to do, there’s always the temperature-controlled drinks cellar and swimming pool.
LeBron James moved around Ohio a lot when he was younger
It turns out there is no shortage of LeBron James’ childhood homes to choose from as the basketball star moved around a lot before he made his way to the top. That’s all because LeBron’s mom, Gloria, was always on the move to try and find a well-paying job. Believe it or not, but things were pretty tough for LeBron when he was younger.
Before anyone knew his name or even noticed that he was an incredible talent on the basketball court, the star was learning how to live with a single mother. Gloria welcomed LeBron when she was just 16 years old and quickly realized that another mouth to feed could get pretty expensive. Thankfully, things worked out in the end.
LeBron James recently purchased his third Los Angeles home for $39 million
Okay, LeBron James is one of the best-recognized stars on the basketball court as he continues to score point after point and show the world why he is destined to go down as one of the best. Even before he was one of the most prominent names, LeBron enjoyed spending his money on plenty of mansions as he already has a few to his name.
In 2015, LeBron paid $21 million for an LA home before splashing out on a $23 million home just two years later. Now, the $39 million Los Angeles lavish mansion has even more than ever before as LeBron can enjoy luxuries such as seven fireplaces, a screening room, a lit tennis court, and a pool house complete with two baths.
Kawhi Leonard was a basketball legend before graduating high school
Although he is one of the more recent stars to break out into the NBA, Kawhi Leonard is still a highly regarded player – and has been that way for many years. It all started in Los Angeles, where Kawhi was an instant hit on the basketball court. Here, he broke plenty of records and became the 48th top player across the nation by the time he was in high school.
The best part? Kawhi was named as California Mr. Basketball and gained plenty of attention with teams across the US. Ultimately, Kawhi now plays for the Los Angeles Clippers and has gone further with his career so far than anyone ever believed was possible. These are just the early days.
Kawhi Leonard recently invested in a San Diego mansion
We’re starting to think that basketball stars need to have a few extravagant houses in their lives before they know they’ve made it. That seems to be the case for Kawhi Leonard as the athlete keeps buying mansion after mansion. One of the most recent on the list comes in the form of his San Diego home that Kawhi welcomed to the list in January 2019.
Don’t think you can take a sneak peek of the place as it’s hidden away behind a gated community that comes with plenty of security. However, we do know that it features a spa-like bath, the perfect complement to the spa found outside. There are also all the usual additions, like a pool and fire pit.