A look at footballers' favourite cars

A career as a professional footballer can certainly be lucrative. Not only do they get to play the sport they love on a full-time basis, but are paid quite handsomely for doing so. This is definitely the case for those playing in the Premiership, where weekly wages of £50,000 and above are common. With such staggering salaries, it is perhaps no surprise to hear the country's leading footballers have a passion for high-performance vehicles.

As the likes of Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Joe Hart earn millions of pounds a year, they are very rarely seen driving something like a Corsa or Punto. Instead high-performance convertibles and imported American muscle cars are much more popular. Here is a look at some of the most popular vehicles among Britain's best footballers.

Porsche Cayenne

Owned by: Scott Parker, Robin van Persie

Porsche has long been associated with high-performance vehicles, with the Cayenne model an especially good choice for those seeking a great-quality 4x4. The entry-level model (which retails at £44,397 on the road) can go from zero to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds and features an active all-wheel drive.

Professional footballers may be even more interested in the higher-spec versions of the car, with the Cayenne Turbo S capable of a top speed of 175 mph and priced at £107,460. The vehicle features a two-tone leather interior and carbon-finished console, while the 18-way electrical adjustment system enabling drivers to precisely configure the seats to your exact requirements.

Audi R8

Owned by: Theo Walcott, David Silva

With a starting price of £91,575 on the road, it's probably no great surprise that the Audi R8 is a popular choice among footballers. The V8 coupe model features 19-inch alloy wheels, heated seats and an intricate Nappa leather-upholstered interior. Other features include electric lumbar seats, a retractable rear spoiler and an anti-lock braking system.

For those wanting something a little more powerful, the R8 V10 could be a good option. This comes with a high-quality Bang & Olufsen stereo, tyre pressure monitoring system and is available in either a metallic or pearl-effect paint finish.

Chevrolet Captiva

Owned by: David de Gea

The award-winning Chevrolet Captiva is a 4x4 that offers great performance and is owned by a number of Manchester United stars (as they are now sponsored by them) and other footballers. While available in three trim levels, it is likely to be the LTZ that will hold the most appeal among professional athletes.

With a starting price of £31,355, this car features 19-inch alloy wheels, a full leather trim and heated front seats. There's also an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat and traction control system to provide the maximum level of comfort and safety on the road.

If you are looking to get any of the above cars, however, it's important that you also get good-quality insurance through a high net worth insurance broker like Certis so that you'll have comprehensive cover in the event you suffer an accident while on the road.