Former Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs defender Fabian McCarthy has revealed what his first car was as a professional footballer, and how he came about acquiring it. Can you guess what it was?
Nowadays, the PSL footballers are known to drive fancy cars, with Tsepo Masilela known for driving around in a Ferrari and a Ludwing.
A lot of the time the players use cars to form a status, but for McCarthy it was just so he could get from point A to point B.
Speaking to Fan Park’s editor Rossella Marrai-Ricco, the Radio 2000 analyst spoke about the first car he acquired through his Bafana Bafana pay cheque.
“My first car as a professional player was a Golf 3 VR6. It was red and I drove it for 12 or 13 years,” reveals McCarthy. “I always wanted a car…
“A friend of mine from Klerksdorp Muhammad had a blue VR6 and he took me for a drive. And he said to me: ‘Just try and test drive it.’
“I immediately fell in love with the car. I was looking for the metallic blue or the green, but then my mentor in Klerksdorp, who is called Bismark Apples – he inspires, he motivated me and he guides me even until today – he came across the car.
“He phoned me, I was in Bloemfontein still, and the weekend I went to Klerksdorp. I looked at the car and I said I wanted it.
"At that time I was playing for Bafana – the incentives were good, there was no tax and they played us with cheques. I think I used a cheque of one game to pay for the deposit on the car.
"I said to the owner of the garage: 'I am going to give you this deposit. If you want to give it to me, I will settle the balance, but just give it to Bismark, and I’ll come fetch it with him.'
"I think I drove it until just before 2010. The reason why I sold it was because I wanted to pay for some of my properties. There was a time when I was without a team when I left Swallows."
Do you think footballers should spend less money on cars and put it into investments like property?