Did Cristiano Ronaldo buy the world's most expensive car or not?
- Bugatti unveiled the world's most expensive car at the Geneva Motor Show last month
- Even before the car was unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti's La Voiture Noire, meaning "The Black Car," had already been sold for an astounding US$12.3 million plus another $6.4 million in taxes and fees
- Ronaldo, though, won't be able to drive the car until 2021 as the company still needs to finalise a few details on the prototype
- Ronaldo is on a $35 million per year contract at Juventus
There are superlatives and then there are SUPERLATIVES. The world's most well-known atheletes and one of the highest earning as well, Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his love for some of the finer things in life. And he's now reportedly, the proud new owner of Bugatti's hypercar the La Voiture Noire, that was unveiled just last month at the Geneva Motor Show.
Reports in Italy's Sky Sport, Spain's MARCA, and the Daily Mail suggest the 34-year-old has bought the "most expensive" car on the planet for an astounding US$12.3 million plus another $6.4 million in taxes and fees.
However, his spokesperson told TMZ, “The story isn’t true. He has not bought it.”
The car is a modern version of the classic Bugatti Type 57, designed by founder Ettore Bugatti's son, Jean, in the 1930s and 40s. The Bugatti Type 57 is so rare that only four cars were ever made between 1936 and 1938. This new version of the car, however, was designed as a one-off to celebrate the French brand's 110th anniversary.
However, he probably won't be able to get his hands on it until 2021. The car is still in the prototype phase.
Ronaldo is known for his impressive supercar collection which reportedly includes a Mercedes C Class Sport Coupe, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Ujn Ferrari 599 GTO, a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, an Aston Martin DB9, a McLaren MP4 12C and a Bentley Continental GTC Speed.
This new addition to his garage is sure to add some serious bling to his already impressive collection.
Esquire Middle East wrote last month: "Now, while the name is pretty basic, La Voiture Noire has an 8-litre engine that produces 1,479 horsepower (1,103 kW) and 1,180 pound-feet (1,600 Nm) of torque from its 16 cylinders."
According to Bugatti, every single component of the car has been handcrafted and the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss that is interrupted by the ultrafine fibre structure.
Bugatti describe it as "the highest level of automotive haute couture one can reach". The car is very similar to the Bugatti Chiron and has a top speed of 420 kilometres per hour, and could go from 0 to 100kph in 2.4 seconds.
The last one-off super car to sell for millions was the Rolls Royce Sweptail which sold for $12.8 million. While, the most expensive car ever sold is thought to be the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO that won the Tour de France in 1964.
Bugatti however, have neither confirmed nor denied the rumours of their new buyer.