By Stefaan Ghijs
Why do soccer players fly with a business jet is a question we regularly get from people that are not familiar with the private aviation industry. Actually, this question is very simple to answer. Soccer players need the flexibility!
Many footballers use a business jet to go up and down different destinations quickly joining family and friends. The schedule of many soccer players, especially the ones playing with big clubs, includes many obligations they have to meet. They do not only have to show up for training and soccer matches, they also have to represent the club at home and abroad. Hence soccer players are updated late they have a day off in between their busy schedule. As they are willing to spend the limited free time as optimal as possible, they book a business jet saving precious travel time.
During the soccer player transfer period a lot of players are also required to travel. Since most of the top clubs are based in Europe, the main destinations can be found within Europe.
Transfers may have high financial consequences for the player as well as the club. Consequentially these kinds of visits are often done in total discretion. If you fly with a business jet, you leave from a special and dedicated terminal at the airport. This business terminal has no security and check-in waiting lines. This allows the players to travel in complete privacy. Famous footballers often attract a fair amount of attention which they are to prevent in this important transfer period.
Who can afford a business jet?
As in any industry there are also the top earners. These soccer players do not have to rent a private jet but can afford one themselves. Most revenues of these famous soccer players come from signing lucrative contracts with their soccer clubs or companies for sponsorships. Therefore, they are able to spend a bigger portion of their budget on private jets (next to luxurious cars ;-)).
Players like Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar have bought a business jet. They can use this private jet when required. For example, Christiano Ronaldo recently purchased a Gulfstream G650 with a market value of € 60 million. This business jet is suitable for flying transatlantic routes which makes it interesting for his visits to his mainsponsor: Nike.
But not every soccer player can afford a private jet of their own. Renting a business jet proposes a perfect alternative. There are many parties on the market that offer private jets for charter.
Some footballers find fun in the game to fly with the largest private plane possible so that they can post this on their social media channels such as Instagram or Facebook. Though most of them are price sensitive and book an air taxi instead.
More and more football supporters are willing to join their favorite team and support them at their away matches abroad. It is fun to go to a game with two friends, watch your favorite club and grab a beer in the visiting city afterwards.
We regularly fly to Manchester (Manchester United), the London region (Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea) and Paris (Paris Saint Germain). Equally destinations in Germany are doing well nowadays, such as Dortmund (Borussia Dortmund) and Munich (Bayern Munchen).
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