By the Engel & Völkers Team
Every four years, nations around the world come alive. With the 2018 World Cup nearing its end, one jubilant country will soon be the reigning champion of this year’s games, claiming priceless bragging rights for the next four years. To commemorate this past month’s fiery matches, we’re spotlighting some of the world’s most legendary soccer stars—and their digs. Rest assured, these players have extraordinary homes to go back to after a long day of competing against some of the most world’s most gifted athletes.
Barcelona | Lionel Messi
There’s nothing like a sweeping mountain range and turquoise Mediterranean Sea to help decompress after a long day of practice, which is likely why Lionel Messi scored his home in Castelldefels, Spain. Just 12 miles away from bustling Barcelona, the coastal town of Castelldefels is a highly desirable market well-known for its glittering beaches and charming, historic city centre. The area seems truly ideal for Messi, providing accessibility to urban excitement as well as reprieve from his day-to-day. As long as he has sufficient space to house his five FIFA World Player of the Year awards, we’d say that’s all that matters.
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Madrid | Cristiano Ronaldo
Similar to Messi, household name Cristiano Ronaldo can be found not too far from the city centre of Madrid. Owning a property just nine miles away from the Spanish capital, Ronaldo rests his legs in the exclusive Madrid suburb of La Finca, Pozuelo de Alarcón. Brushing elbows with other soccer stars and celebrities who also live in the neighborhood, La Finca easily boasts having the highest income level in the Madrid area, in addition to being known for its characteristic, brightly colored villas designed by famed Spanish architect Joaquín Torres.
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Paris | Neymar Jr.
Imagine living in the place which inspired the greatest works of art by Claude Monet and most renowned compositions by Georges Bizet. For Neymar, this inconceivable beauty is his reality. Owning a property just five miles away from the palace of Versailles in the idyllic town of Bougival, Neymar lives like a king in a 5,000 square-meter estate. Remaining a hotspot for today’s creatives, the Bougival community is also committed to sustainable living, having been awarded the Ville Fleurie award for its model green spaces.
Want to live like Neymar? Check out this historic manor listed by Engel & Völkers Paris.
Tegernsee | Manuel Neuer
As captain of Germany’s national soccer team, Manuel Neuer’s home is a much-needed escape from the limelight. Building his own custom villa on the slopes of Mount Leeberg in Tegernsee, Germany, Neuer’s property has breathtaking mountain views and access to tranquil Lake Tegernsee. It’s safe to say this soccer phenom has the perfect hideaway, served well by nature’s picturesque combination of mountains and water.
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