Nigerian soccer star Odion Ighalo recently gave his fans a behind-the-scenes teaser of the perks of playing for one of the biggest teams in the Saudi Pro League. The Former Manchester United player has been a part of the Saudi Pro League since 2021 and signed for Al-Hilal last year. Finishing third in the league last season behind Al Nassr and champions Al Ittihad, the Saudi club has some big names as its patrons, including billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud.
The Saudi royal is such a big fan of Al-Hilal that he lent his $220 million Boeing 747-400 private jet to the team when it traveled to Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup. Ighalo posted a 90-second in-flight video, giving a tour of the opulent interior of the completely personalized Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s Boeing 747 originally had 400 passenger seats before it was transformed into one of the most luxurious and expensive private jets in the world. The flying castle which was purchased by the Saudi royal features two opulent bedrooms, a dining table for 14 people, and a massive golden throne in the center of the cabin. Ighalo gives a tour of different sections of the aircraft in the video, including the cockpit where the pilots can be seen explaining some of the flight controllers the 34-year-old soccer star. His team members can also be spotted in the video relaxing on the plush recliner seats.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is known for his decadent lifestyle; he doesn’t shy away from spending millions of dollars on toys like private jets and megayachts. In addition to the Boeing 747, he also owns several other private jets, including an Airbus 321 and Hawker Siddeley 125. However, the billionaire made the most daring attempt to buy the world’s first private A380 in 2008, which sadly never happened.