There are plenty of beautiful homes for us to gape at from afar, but professional athletes take the cake when it comes to luxury real estate. With contracts sometimes up to tens of millions of dollars a year, these young, bold, and sometimes ego-driven stars acquire palatial estates without a trace of modesty. Here are 12 of the nicest athlete's homes in the United States.
The soccer star and international sensation paid $18 million for this Beverly Hills castle.
The retired NBA center with the huge heart resides in this 13,000 square foot Coral Gables home, complete with 8 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, library, gym, and infinity pool.
Lebron James, Miami
King James is the toast of Miami - and the NBA, and his 12,000 square foot, beachfront home in Coconut Grove, Florida reflects that.
Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
The undefeated and brash boxer spends his millions even faster than he runs his mouth, but this Las Vegas estate backs it all up.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Modest by pro athlete standard, the boxing legend's 4,200 square foot home in Dana Point, California, is as classy and smooth as he was in the ring.
Professional athletes get paid well, but no one is better compensated than baseball pitchers. Barry Zito celebrated his mega contract by purchasing this 7,116, $11.5 million estate in Kentfield, California.
The classy captain of the New York Yankees has a beautiful residence in New York, and also just finished construction on a 7 million $ mansion in Tampa, Florida.
The diminutive NBA speedster has bounced around in his career, but chose to buy his $1.9 million, 6,325 square foot mansion in his first home, Atlanta.
The New York Knicks star power forward spent the 2011 NBA lockout season investing $3.7 million in this 14,55 square foot house in Florida.
Chad, who legally changed his last name to match his #85 jersey while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals and others during a lucrative NFL career, has decked out his Florida mansion with aquariums worthy of Sea World!
The New England Patriot's quarterback, one of the best ever, built a 22,000 square foot mansion in Los Angeles for him and his supermodel girlfriend, Gisele Bundchen.
The 7 foot, 350 lbs. retired NBA basketball star calls Sudbury, Mass. home, complete with a 3-hole golf course!