We’ve watched them make headlines for their on-field heroics, but where do the world’s top footballers lay their head when the games are over? We rounded up where ten newsmakers from the tournament are likely headed post-game.
1. Mo Salah, Egypt
Home is. . . where your face mural is
The Liverpool striker is known as a hero for good deeds in his native Egypt, where murals of Salah’s image have sprung up in both Cairo and his home village of Nagrig. He reportedly donated nearly half a million dollars to buy land there upon which a much-needed water treatment plant was built. Way to go, Mo!
2. Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, Brazil
Home is. . . where your helipad is
When he’s not at home diving (ahem!) in his swimming pool, Neymar can be found coming and going by car via his cobbled driveway (basic), taking off in a helicopter from his private helipad (fancy). Or, better yet, chillin’ on a yacht (which he owns) docked at his private pier (super fancy).
3. Mesut Özil, Germany
Home is. . . where your Yeezy trainers are
What do a pair of Yeezys and an Ottoman Sultan have in common? They are both hanging out in Ozil’s $14 million home north of London. The six-bedroom house is heavily influenced by his Turkish background — with living room marble shipped specially from Turkey and a large painting of the Ottoman Sultan who conquered Istanbul. But he perhaps takes the greatest pride in his walk-in closet where his vast trainer collection, (including 8 pairs of Yeezys) lives.
4. Harry Kane, England
Home is. . . where your teepee is
2017’s highest scoring player in the world returned home to a relatively cosy villa in Essex compared to some of his fellow footballers. Even so, his home boasts a swimming pool, a cinema that doubles as a golf simulator room, and for the World Cup, a teepee in the garden where his friends and family could gather to watch his World Cup heroics on a wide-screen TV.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
Home is. . . an $18.5 million view
The world’s highest paid athlete has some real estate to match, with an $18.5 million Manhattan pied-a-terre. Every detail of this apartment is elaborately designed from wood-paneled walls to marble-covered bathrooms, but the most impressive detail is the breathtaking floor to ceiling views of iconic NYC landmarks from Central Park to the Freedom Tower. Even one of the 3.5 bathrooms features views of the city. More telling of Cristiano’s taste, perhaps, is that his apartment was the inspiration for Christian Grey’s notoriously lavish apartment.
6. Lionel Messi, Argentina
Home is. . . where your private football pitch is
Nestled in Bellamar, one of the wealthiest suburbs of Barcelona, Messi’s family home has a small football pitch, a large pool, a massive terrace and an outdoor dining area, meaning Messi, his wife and three kids rarely have a reason to go inside to enjoy the Mediterranean style interiors.
7. Kylian Mbappé, France
Home is. . . giving back to your community
While the 19 year-old World Cup star is the second-most expensive player in football at €180 million, he is known less for a lush lifestyle than for his generosity. He’s donating his entire World Cup earnings, $23,000 per game and an additional $350,000 for winning the tournament, to Premiers de Cordée, a Parisian based association that organizes sporting events for children with disabilities. Located at the Stade de France, the organization is just 10 kilometres from Bondy, Mbappe’s birthplace.
8. Mario Mandžukić, Croatia
Home is. . . a staircase to the Adriatic Sea
After scoring the first ever own goal in a World Cup final his team ultimately lost, Mandžukić will need a place to lay low for a while. Where better to hide out than his own perfect island retreat on Brac, the largest of the Dalmatian islands. From Mandžukić’s modern villa, he can view the cove, sunbathe on a palatial terrace, or jump from his staircase straight into the Adriatic sea.
9. Andrés Iniesta, Spain
Home is. . . where your ghost is?
No doubt this Barca superstar is currently mid-house move as he signed with Kobe in Japan for the new season. But his previous home in Barcelona had a most unwelcome house guest: a ghost! Rumour has it, he put it up for sale because it was haunted. Who knows? One things for sure – Iniesta’s spirit will live on in the house since his last name and jersey number are engraved in the stone. Subtle.