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We here in America are plenty familiar with what happens when athletes get their hands on their disposable income. They do what the rest of us do -- spend it on huge houses, fancy cars, trips to local gentleman's establishments, and whatever nominal -- and unfortunately permanent -- legal fees may arise from such trips. If we may use late-90's slang, they get bling-bling. Y'all.
Few American athletes could compete with this, however: French soccer player Williams Gallas -- who plays for Arsenal, one of England's richest club teams -- spent his wads of cash on quite possibly the most ridiculous car you will ever lay eyes on in your entire life. It's a Mercedes Benz SLR-McLaren, and the entire thing is coated in chrome. Yes, you read correctly -- chrome.
According to Wikipedia, the Mercedes McLaren is the fastest convertible car in the world, reaching 208 mph and doing 0-60 in less than 3.8 seconds. Most would be content to just own that car, in whatever color; we'd still take it even if it was covered in rust. Alas, Gallas has taken the already flashy ride -- which reportedly cost around $600,000 -- and made it even flashier. Tacky, even. We didn't think it was possible to make such a machine tacky, but leave it to a professional athlete to prove us wrong.
Next up: The all-chrome helicopter. Or the all-chrome learjet. Pshh. How about an all-chrome house? Yeah. Now that's ballin'.
Eamonn Brennan is a Chicago-based writer, editor and blogger who would settle for an all-chrome bicycle. You can also read him at Yahoo! Sports, FanHouse, Mouthpiece Sports Blog, and Inside The Hall, or at his personal site, eamonnbrennan.com. Follow him on Twitter.