Famed Football superstar Lionel Messi's name is being propelled around as the person who paid € 32 million for a rare 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti. It is obvious if you earn a handsome salary of £ 300,000 per week, you would love to play with some of the coolest toys in the world. The 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti is one of only four such cars ever built and was a direct response to the Maserati 450S. The ace footballer has bought the most expensive car in the world by outbidding none other than Cristiano Ronaldo at the Artcurial auction in Paris.
Both Messi and Ronaldo are fierce rivals on-ground and earn a hefty salary. The car is of historical importance as it was driven in the Cuban Grand Prix by British driver Stirling Moss. Based on the euro sales, this car has been tagged as the most expensive ever sold at auction and that Euro price is a record but when exchanged to US dollars at current rates, it comes as $ 35.5 million, which is less than the $ 38 million paid for a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO in 2014. But talking about the exchange rate in 2014, it means it was only worth € 28.5 million at that time.
The Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti is powered by a 3.8-litre V12 engine developing 390bhp and finished the Sebring 12 Hours race in sixth position and then came second in the Mille Miglia, a formidable1000-mile road race in Italy. After the car came back to the factory, the engine size was increased to 4.1-litres - boosting power to 400bhp.
The bidding started at € 20 million, and this fierce price war resulted in rise of bid to € 30 million. The buyer of the this fascinating machine asked to remain anonymous and further bid was denied by Messi’s camp, but a press release published in Italy suggests otherwise.