Football stars victims of road accidents

Football stars are not spared by road accidents. The reason is driving sports cars at an age when one is not mature enough to consider the consequences of speeding and of taking risks on public roads.

sports carSome footballers from big clubs buy their cars before they even get a driver's license.

Unfortunately, youth, speed and adrenaline combined do not mix. In fact, we have often heard of serious accidents within the family of top-level professional footballers.

Football stars: the blacklist of road accidents

FootballerCarDate of the accidentScene of the accidentDetails
José Antonio Reyes
(Extremadura UD)
Mercedes Brabus1 June  2019Utrera (Spain)Dead
Karim Benzema
(Real Madrid)
Audi RS622 September 2017Madrid (Spain)Uninjured
Neymar Jr
(Paris Saint-Germain)
Ferrari27 November 2016Barcelona (Spain)Uninjured
Mario Balotelli
Bentley1 October 2016Nice
Mbaye Niang
Ferrari27 February 2016Montpelier (France)Shoulder and ankle injury
Martin Caceres
Ferrari28 September 2015Turin
Suspension of licence for impaired driving
Arturo Vidal
(FC Barcelona)
Ferrari16 June 2015Santiago (Chile)Minor injury
Junior Malanda
Nissan GT-R15 January 2015Porta Westfalica (Germany)Dead
David Beckham
(Paris Saint-Germain)
Audi29 November 2014London (England)Uninjured
Keita Balde
Lamborghini Gallardo20 October 2014RomeUninjured
Martin Caceres
Porsche Cayenne16 March 2013Turin
Minor injury
Ever Banga
Ferrari19 February 2012Valencia
Broken ankle
Six months of rest
Cesc Fabregas
Mercedes4 April 2011London (England)Uninjured
Louis Saha
(Lazio Rome)
Ferrari28 February 2011Manchester (England)Uninjured
Djibril Cissé
Bentley1t September 2010Athens (Greece)Uninjured
Mario Balotelli
Audi R829 August 2010Manchester (England)Uninjured
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ferrari8 January 2009Manchester (England)Uninjured
François Sterchele
(FC Bruges)
Porsche Cayman8 May 2008Vrasene (Belgium)Dead

Road safety: driving courses for young footballers

Aware of the risk their professional players may run, some major football clubs have taken the decision to pass tailor-made driving courses to their top athletes. In England, some Premier League clubs sign contracts to allow their players to train on sports cars. During these types of courses, the driver is taught to behave on the road just like on the stadium lawn, with emotions' control, stress management, anticipation and monitoring.

In France, clubs have not yet invested in courses with sports cars and racing circuits. However, the federal educational project "Open Football Club" gives access, especially to the youngest, to road safety workshops. The road safety association also organizes workshops so that the football start-ups can test the driving on simulators.

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