Cristiano Ronaldo has bought himself a Bugatti Centodieci, which is already the most expensive, wild, powerful, exuberant and exclusive Bugatti of the modern era (except for the La Voiture Noire, which is a one-off).
And although he has not yet shown it publicly on Instagram (let’s face it, the Portuguese star does enjoy showing off his cars), perhaps he is waiting for his return from the World Cup in Qatar with a handful of goals under his arm and a photo of him lifting the World Cup in everyone’s memory to imply that he has earned it.
Cristiano’s new toy has cost him eight million euros without taking into account the taxes he will have been made to pay in his country. A barbarity no doubt, but the figure may be laughable to the player himself if we take into account that he earns more than 40 million a year only thanks to the products he promotes on his Instagram account, where he has 502 million followers.
The Centodieci is a hyper sports car that uses the usual W16 8.0 block of the French brand, which on this occasion has been tuned to provide a power of 1,600 hp, 100 more than in the Chiron. The performance it achieves is that of a true ‘combat fighter’ on the asphalt: 2.4 seconds to go from 0 to 100, 6.1 to do 0 to 200 and 13.1 to reach 300 km/h from standstill.
And if it continues, its momentum could take it up to 380 km/h… electronically limited, because the engine is capable of much more.
And, what is no less relevant for those who have money to burn: in order to preserve its value, only ten of these cars have been built. They do not bear any numbering but the order of manufacture is noted by the chassis number. Can you imagine which unit is Ronaldo’s? Why, the number 7 of course.
Actually the rumour that the Portuguese star might have been interested in the car arose two years ago, but Bugatti neither confirmed nor denied it. Discretion with multi-millionaire potential clients is paramount, and in Ronaldo’s case it is no different.
At MARCA Cars we also heard these rumours, but we did not want to confirm the news until we had a clear proof. And that proof has come with some images shared by Portuguese media outlet Maisfutebol days before the start of the World Cup.
In the images, taken in the middle of the night, the white Bugatti (a colour that, perhaps unintentionally, reminds us of Real Madrid) is seen leaving the facilities, apparently accompanied by a Mercedes SUV that follows him a few meters away and in which his bodyguards could be traveling.
It is true that there is no way to confirm that it is Cristiano driving it, but it is also true that Bugatti is very selective when it comes to choosing its customers and that no one from the Portuguese camp would have been approved by Bugatti for this car (remember: there are only ten) except Ronaldo.
In fact, the relationship between the footballer and the French brand goes back a long way, since Cristiano already has a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse that he acquired in 2016 and a Chiron that he bought a year later, both still as a Madrid player.