- Micah Richards has revealed he was earning £250,000-per-month as an 18-year-old at Manchester City and spent his first salary on a Ferrari
- Richards broke onto the scene as a teenage star and proceeded to command a regular position in City's maiden Premier League title tilt
- He currently works as a football pundit after hanging his boots and gave an insight into his taste for the glitz and glam of superstardom even as a teenager
One-time England and Manchester City defender Micah Richards has shared the inside story on how he splurged his first pay packet on a Ferrari.
Richards, who is currently a pundit after retiring from active football, was one of the brightest prospects from Man City's academy in the early 2000s.
And the now 33-year-old Richards would go on to become a key component of the Manchester City side that clinched its first Premier League title in 44 years.
Despite his immense talent, Micah Richards could not fulfil his potential due to injuries.
In an up-close and personal discussion about his life, while growing up as a budding star, Richards provided insight into his outrageous taste for luxury even as a teenager.
"Imagine going from £500 a week to five grand a week,' he told The Athletic as quoted by Sports Bible.
"And then going from five grand a week to 50 grand a week. Then you'd get bonuses, appearance money, and a signing-on fee that was spread over the length of the contract.
"I remember one pay packet was like 250 grand for a month. I was at the training ground, just looking at my payslip, thinking, 'Wow. How?'
"What can you do? I know what I did. I went straight out and bought myself a Ferrari.
"I already had a Range Rover and an Aston Martin, but I thought, 'It's time'. I bought myself a Ferrari, an F430. Then a 458 Speciale."
Micah Richards feels Michael Essien is underappreciated at Chelsea
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Micah Richards feels former Chelsea star Michael Essien is one of the underrated players at the club and believes he did not get the kind of recognition he deserves.
The former Manchester City and England player praised the Ghanaian midfield enforcer, naming him among his best ten African players to play in the English top-flight.
Reacting to his list on the BBC's Match of the Day Top 10 African Footballers in the EPL, Richards described him as 'top notch'.
Source: Sports Brief News