Ronaldo Ferrari wreck for sale
WHAT'S LEFT OF IT: Yes mister car salesman I'll take that one over there, the one that is a complete wreck.
When hearing of a Ferrari, formerly owned by famous footballer Cristiano Roanldo, is for sale for a fraction of its price ears perk and eyes widen. Finding it’s the Ferrari he crashed in 2009, and still a wreck, is something of an anti-climax.
The London Daily Mail reported that the car is being sold for an equivalent of only R570 000 because it is still badly damaged.
The Portugal and Real Madrid striker, then playing for Manchester United, smashed the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano into a tunnel wall outside Manchester in 2009 but no effort effort has been made to repair the smashed-up sports car since the embarrassing incident. It was shipped out of the UK and has now come on to the market in France through an agent in Alsace.
A four-year-old model in decent condition is worth nearly three times as much as the asking price, though the seller describes it as “repairable”. If fixed, the Italian sports car will offer blistering performance thanks to a six-litre V12 capable of 456kW.
It's capable of 330km/h and 0-100 in 3.7 seconds.
The engine, if repairable, is potentially valuable having covered only about 3000km. Ronaldo bought the car new for R2.8-million, according to the Mail, but any prospective buyer will need to replace the windscreen, wing mirrors and front body panels - or they could sell the remaining parts.
Ronaldo lost control of the rear-wheel drive car in January 2009 on his way to training at United's Carrington base and crashed into a roadside barrier before bouncing off a wall. Luckily for manager Sir Alex Ferguson, he emerged without a scratch and after being breathalysed by police, completed his journey with team mate Edwin van der Sar, who was travelling behind in his Bentley Continental.
A witness said at the time: "The front of Ronaldo's car was completely mangled. There was metal all over the road and debris. We had to dodge our way through it. Ronaldo was just standing at the side of the road looking forlorn and bewildered."
Officers from Greater Manchester Police investigated the incident but no charges were pressed.