Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi took their football rivalry off the pitch, and it wasn’t the Ballon D’Or award this time, but a fight for the world’s most expensive car.
According to a Bleacher report, Alessandro Proto says his Proto Organization sold Messi a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti for around $36 million in Paris this week. It was the chosen whip of British driver Sterling Moss at the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix, and apparently, Ronaldo wanted it too. The bidding began at $22.5 million, so obviously things got competitive.
If, and only if, this all stacks up—Messi’s camp has denied any involvement in the sale, and Ronaldo’s interest is unconfirmed—it would mean Messi outbid his great rival to close the deal on the most expensive automobile in history. Not a bad 2016 so far for the Argentine.