Footy star Dustin Martin has quietly gone gone on a staggering splurging spree that has netted him a $14 million empire.
Dustin Martin is kicking as many goals off the field as he is on the field.
At the age of 29, the Richmond champion has amassed a property empire of $14 million in the space of a few years.
The Herald Sun revealed Monday, Martin and his player agent Ralph Carr have quietly snapped up properties in the trendy suburbs of Richmond and Abbortsford just outside the Melbourne CBD.
The $14 million real estate splurge are only the known purchases he has made in recent years — and it could be much more.
The report reveals Martin and Carr have made five property purchases since first combining to buy a Richmond warehouse for $2.2 million in 2016.
The real estate is one of three properties the pair have purchased on the same Richmond street, near the North Richmond train station.
Martin has not made any of the purchases personally — and all have come through companies where he is listed as a director.
The $14 million worth of properties include:
— A Butler Street warehouse in Richmond for $2.2m (2016)
— A second warehouse in Butler Street Richmond for $2.9m (2018)
— A third Richmond property on Butler Street for $1.3m (2020)
— A property on Victoria Street in Abbotsford for $4.8m (2020); and
— A second property on Victoria Street in Abbotsford for $3m (2019)
The wise real estate investments have set Martin up for a very profitable lifestyle when his footy career ends.
He has several years to run on his $9 million, seven-year deal with the Tigers and was last year ranked as the No. 4 highest paid player in the AFL.
According to The Herald Sun’s AFL Rich 100, Martin had a salary of around $850,000 in 2020 — after taking a pay cut of around $300,000 as part of the AFL’s salary cap cuts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He is one of the most marketable figures in Australia, having ambassadorial deals with giants like Nike and Bonds.
He is also reported to have earned around $100,000 for simply signing autographs after his heroics in the Tigers’ 2020 premiership win.