Neymar’s fleet of luxury cars & Samuel Eto’o flying in a private jet to training: The six most outrageous demands made by footballers

Neymar also had a Porsche Panamera prior to the tax evasion case

FOOTBALL Neymar’s fleet of luxury cars & Samuel Eto’o flying in a private jet to training: The six most outrageous demands made by footballers

Joel Omotto 05:00 - 21.08.2023

Football clubs are pulling all stops to lure big-name players to their sides but there are some who are going the extra mile to appease their targets.

Footballers are among the best paid individuals in the world but that does not stop some of them from demanding so much when negotiating for a transfer or a new contract.

Last week, when Brazilian superstar Neymar signed a two-year deal with Al-Hilal worth a whopping £260 million, the former Barcelona and PSG star asked for much more than the money.

His demands are not anything different since a number of players have also done so in the past. So, what are the most outrageous demands made by footballers over the years?

Neymar’s fleet of luxury cars

Neymar owns a mansion in Beverly Hills, US.

As per The Sun, the 32-year-old has made some extraordinary demands that will require Al-Hilal to provide him with a fleet of luxury cars as well as several other additions.

Neymar, who left Paris Saint-Germain to join the Pro League side, has, according to the outlet, asked his new club to provide him with three luxury cars for himself and for his entourage to have four Mercedes G Wagons and a Mercedes van with a driver.

His luxury cars will include a Bentley Continental GP, an Aston Martin DBX, and a Lamborghini Huracan no less, with the report also claiming that Neymar wants a driver available 24 hours a day to chauffeur himself and his friends around.

Neymar also asked for three saunas to be in his new house as well as five full-time workers, including a sous chef to help his personal chef from Brazil and two people to take care of the cleaning.

Gareth Bale and the Queen's jet

Back in 2013, Gareth Bale's world-record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid set the world abuzz.

The Welshman moved to the LALIGA giants in a landmark deal worth £86m, which would also see him secure a contract of £256,000-a-week, equating to an annual salary of over £13m.

In 2020, Bale would make a sensational return to his former club on loan, with Daniel Levy pulling out all the stops to bring his former superstar back to London.

According to The Sun, Levy arranged for Bale to travel from the Spanish capital back to London to complete the move in a 16-seater Embraer Legacy 600 jet that had been rented out by the Queen the month before.

This private jet was kitted out with all manner of luxuries fit for a Galactico.

Lionel Messi's Inter Miami add-ons

Lionel Messi hunts for a new house in Miami - Photo Credit || The Sun
Lionel Messi hunts for a new house in Miami - Photo Credit || The Sun

Neymar's departure from PSG comes a couple of months after his former team-mate Lionel Messi also left the Ligue 1 champions.

After two-years in Paris, the Argentina World cup winner decided it was time for pastures new, and while his former club, Barcelona, were chasing his signature, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner decided to head across the Atlantic to join David Beckham's Inter Miami CF.

And it had to be a pretty favourable deal to coax the forward to Florida, with Messi receiving big offers from Saudi Arabian sides and Barcelona to try and lure him to sign with them.

The club, according to ESPN, included several clauses into his new deal that included a commercial arrangement with Apple.

Those reports claim that the Argentina World Cup winner will receive a cut from Apple TV's MLS streaming service.

With many people around the world tuning in to watch the former Barca superstar guide his side to Leagues Cup glory, there is no doubt that he will receive a hefty cut from that deal.

Messi is also set to appear in a docu-series for Apple that will give unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to his new life in the USA.

There are also rumours that as a part of the deal, Messi has the option to become a part owner in Inter Miami.

Paul Gascoigne's sister's sunbed

Paul Gascoigne is one of football's timeless characters. As amazing as he was on the pitch, his after-dinner stories will always provide a brilliant laugh and one of the best anecdotes from his career may have come from when he joined Tottenham in 1988.

At the time, the midfielder was one of the hottest prospects in England, with Irving Scholar and Terry Venables trying to lock him down on a lucrative deal at Spurs.

The transfer was ultimately completed for around £2.2m, but not without a few added extras that may have swayed Gazza somewhat in his decision to pick White Hart Lane over Old Trafford.

The 56-year-old was bought a house for his dad by Spurs but also asked for a car to be put in the garage for him too.

With Gascoigne being on the verge of joining the club, he put a final request in, this time asking the club to buy a sun bed for his sister Anna-Marie, in order to get the deal over the line.

It seems it worked, with Gazza going on to score 21 goals in 96 appearances for Tottenham.

Samuel Eto'o flown to training in a private jet

Samuel Eto'o

Back in 2011, former Barcelona, Chelsea and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o joined Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala from Inter Milan.

Eto'o, being one of the most prolific strikers in the world at the time, was a huge coup for the Russian side.

But there was a catch; he did not want to live in Dagestan where the team are based.

To overcome the sticking point, he told the club that he would need a private jet to fly him 1,900km from Moscow to training.

And they accepted his demand, with Eto'o going on to score 36 goals in 73 games for the club.

Mauro Icardi's agent's six demands

Mauro Icardi car
Mauro Icardi cops the world's most expensive car.

Galatasaray signed Mauro Icardi earlier this summer following a season-long loan from PSG.

The 30-year-old, who is a graduate from Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, joined the Turkish Super Lig side on a three-year deal but notably had several demands included in the arrangement.

In fact, many of those were made by his wife and agent Wanda Nara.

Similar to Neymar, Icardi's agent asked for a 24-hour chauffeur, a personal chef and a house with private security for the former Inter Milan superstar.

The club were also required to put Nara in a hotel until December of this year and arrange for her kids to be sent to schools nearby.

With Icardi scoring 22 times in 24 appearances in the club's domestic league during his first season in Istanbul, they were willing to pull out all the stops to make the prolific frontman a permanent member of their squad.