Spanish winger Navas famously used to have a humble £8000 Nissan Micra… but German team-mate is the next City star to have a regular family car
Manchester City star Jesus Navas has joined his team-mates in the supercar brigade… as this time it’s Ilkay Gundogan who turned up in a Nissan.
The Premier League side’s procession of flashy motors into the Etihad Campus was for a time hallmarked by one out-of-place Nissan Micra.
Costing a mere £8000, the white hatchback belonged to Spanish winger Jesus Navas, who despite earning around £90,000 per week chose the small runaround.
But eventually in April last year, he ditched his Micra for something more akin to a top flight footballer in the form of a white Porsche – at least he was consistent in the colour!
And the 31-year-old winger, rumoured to be leaving City in the summer, drove the German sports car into training today alongside his team-mates who returned from the international break.
But City‘s Nissan story does not end there, with the sight of another player opting for a regular model in the Japanese range.
German playmaker Ilkay Gundogan has opted for a black Nissan Juke – a family car and mini SUV costing between £22,000 and £25,000 when bought new.
Gundogan perhaps would have had a lot of time on his hands to search for new wheels having been ruled out for the season after tearing cruciate ligaments in his right knee against Watford in December.
Despite being on £120,000 a week – meaning he can buy five Jukes in one seven day salary – the former Borussia Dortmund star has seemingly copied his team-mate Navas in the modest car stakes.
That is in stark contrast to his team-mates, who drove the typical footballers’ array of stunning vehicles – none more so perhaps than German youngster Leroy Sane’s army green matted Mercedes.
Although Argentine centre-back Nicolas Otamendi should probably lay claim to the showiest car with a £240,000 Rolls Royce Wraith.
While Navas chose a sportier Porsche, a number of players are more in favour of the 4×4 model, including Fernando and David Silva.
No Premier League football squad would be complete without a Range Rover costing upwards of £100,000, supplied by a relaxed-looking Raheem Sterling, fresh from England duty.
It has been an inconsistent first season for boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad – and he has hinted that many of these players will not be at the club next season.
Out of the Champions League but still in FA Cup contention, City are in third place in the Premier League table, 12 points off runaway leaders Chelsea, and face Arsenal at the Emirates in a crunch clash on Sunday.