Following his cheating scandal last year, former England captain Wayne Rooney is selling his car for an ‘absolute steal’.
Rooney returned to his boyhood club Everton last summer following an incredibly successful 13 year stint at Manchester United.
He appears to be staying put at Everton, following the closure of the January transfer window, but the same cannot be said for his beloved BMW i8.
An advert for the car has just been posted online on Auto Trader, the UK’s largest automotive marketplace.
Although it might not seem it, for the listed price of £64,995, the metallic silver hybrid sports car is going for cheap considering it boasts a top speed of 155mph and an incredible 0-60mph time of 4.4 seconds.
This really isn’t bad considering it can also do 134 miles per gallon and has less than 8,000 miles on the clock!
Erin Baker, Auto Trader Editorial Director, told UNILAD exclusively:
It’s refreshing to see a footballer driving a hybrid, rather than a Chelsea tractor or gas-guzzling super car and even more so to see a footballer’s car in a sober colour.
The trend with more premiership stars plugging-in also reflects the wider UK car market.
On Auto Trader’s marketplace in December, searches for electric vehicles increased by 56 per cent year-on-year – with hybrid vehicles also showing a substantial 50 per cent rise from buyers exploring newer fuel types.
Electric and hybrid adoption continues to grow across the UK as manufacturers invest in more affordable and desirable models and car buyers become more aware of the benefits of driving an alternatively fuelled vehicle.
If you fancy getting your hands on Rooney’s car then Auto Trader is also offering a part-exchange service which means you can trade your own car in to get money off – how much for a 1999 Nissan Micra?
Back in 2016, Leicester City Football Club made headlines when the club’s chairman decided to treat his 2015/16 championship team to their very own BMW i8s.
However, the registration of Rooney’s model indicates he was ahead of the curve.
The ex-England captain bought his four years ago, back in 2014.
Rooney was pulled over by police in September last year because of a faulty brake light and was later convicted of drink driving – for which he is currently serving a ban.
He was at the wheel of a black, convertible VW Beetle belonging to passenger Laura Simpson, an office worker he’d met on a night out.
We’re not sure if him selling his BMW is related to his ban, but he certainly won’t be using it for a while anyway…
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.