Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is reported to be the mystery buyer who outbid Cristiano Ronaldo and paid £25million for the world’s most expensive car in a hotly-anticipated auction last week.
The Argentina captain allegedly outbid his long-time rival Real Madrid’s Ronaldo to secure the Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti in the auction at Artcurial in Paris, France.
A press release from those in charge of the auction revealed it was Messi, 28, who made the highest bid, according to the New York Daily News.
Messi appeared to acknowledge the suggestion – or poke fun at it – on his Instagram page earlier today as he posted a picture holding a red toy car, with the caption: ‘My new car.’
Messi and Ronaldo have been fierce rivals for years, the two of them sharing the Ballon d’Or for best footballer in the world between them since 2009.
They also regularly compete for the most goals of the season in the Spanish league and they currently have an ongoing battle to become Europe’s all-time top goal scorer with Ronaldo leading the way with 88 goals.
The car, which was sold to a round of applause on Saturday, is known for doing a staggering 186mph in 1957.