List Of Top 10 Richest Football Players
Football is one of the most famous games in the world. It is played all over the world. There are many forms of football. For example Rugby football, Canadian football, Canadian football, etc. Here we are going to talk about association football which is more commonly known as football and also soccer in many countries. Well, actually we are going to talk about football players or more precisely the wealth they have collected throughout their career. These players are filthy rich. Football is one of the least expensive games but pays a lot if you are good at it. The players we are going to discuss about right now are amazingly good and even more amazingly RICH!!!!!.
10. Frank Lampard (net worth $87 Million)
Frank Lampard is a professional football player and he plays as a midfielder for New York City FC in Major League Soccer. He played for Chelsea for 13 years and is the club’s all-time highest goal scorer. He is without any doubt one of the best midfielders of his generation. Lampard is currently the second richest English player preceded by Wayne Rooney with a net worth of $87 Million. He earned most of his money while playing for Chelsea for 13 years and one year for Manchester City.
9. Ronaldinho (net worth $90 Million)
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian footballer. His main playing position is attacking midfielder or a forward. He has played for many clubs like Barcelona, Atletico Mineiro, Milan some other famous teams. Currently he is playing for Fluminense.
He is an amazing player. For many of his fans, he is a true Legend. He is famous for his awesome technique, tricks, dribbling, overhead kicks, no-look passes and free kicks. In 2004 and 2005, he won FIFA World Player of the Year award. He has played 97 matches and scored 33 goals.
He was given two La Liga Foreign Player of the Year. In 2004 and 2005, he won two back-to-back FIFA World Player of the Year award. He won the inaugural FIFPro World Player of the Year in September 2005. In 2005 he was also declared the European Footballer of the Year. He featured in the ‘FIFA 100’, a list of the world’s greatest living players compiled by Pelé.
With all his fame, no doubt he earned a lot of money throughout his career. He is the 9th richest football player having a net worth of $90 Million.
8. Raul (net worth $93 Million)
Raúl González Blanco, who is more popularly known as Raúl, is a retired Spanish footballer. He used to play as a striker. He was born on 27th June 1977. He played for Real Madrid for 16 years and that is an immensely long time. He is also club’s all-time top scorer with 323 goals. His retirement has not affected his bank account. That is because he earns a handsome amount of money through different business ventures.He runs different companies. Some of them are
1. Scar Sport Europe
This company invests in Renewable energies
A property company
(This is an energy company)
Being so successful and rich, no doubt his retirement hasn’t affected his net worth.
7. Samuel Eto’o (net worth $93 Million)
Samuel Eto’o Fils is a Cameroonian professional footballer. He plays as a striker for Turkish club Antalyaspor. He was born on 10th March 1981.he earned massively throughout his carrer. He used to earn €10 Million a year at Barcelona and €5 Million at Chelsea. Puma and Ford has also helped him increase his net worth. He considered the most reputed and decorated African football player. he stands at number 7 position in the richest players and has a net worth of $93 Million.
6. Kaka (net worth $105 Million)
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos, commonly known as Kaká is a Brazilian professional footballer. He was born on 22nd April 1982. He plays as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team.
He made a lot of wealth from clubs like Real Madrid, AC Milan, Sao Paulo, and Orlando City. After his success with Milan, Kaká joined Real Madrid for €65 Million which was the second highest transfer fee ever. The only transfer fee more than Kaka’s fee was the €75 Million fee for Zinedine Zidane.
He also makes money through deals with companies such as Adidas, Pepsi, Samsung, Gillette, and Armani. In this way, Kaka stands in the 6th position in the richest footballers.
5. Wayne Rooney (net worth $116 Million)
Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer. He plays for both Manchester United and the England national team. He is also the captain of both teams. He has played much of his career as a forward, but he has also been used in various midfield roles.
Wayne Rooney is immensely talented. At the age of nine, Rooney joined the youth team of Everton, and made his professional debut in 2002 at the age of 16. He spent two seasons at the Merseyside club and then he moved to Manchester United for £25.6 Million in the 2004.
Manchester United rewarded him with a $104 Million contract in 2014. Moreover, the deal is reportedly worth £300,000 a week. So without any second thoughts, Rooney deserves to be on the 5th position in this list.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimović (Net worth $114 million)
Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer. He plays as a striker for Manchester United. He was also a member of the Sweden national team, making his senior international debut in 2001. He even served as a captain from 2010 until he retired from international football in 2016.
Even though a large portion of his wealth owes to his heavy salary that Manchester United gives him, his endorsement deals and smart investment pays him well. He has many deals with Nivea, Xbox, Volvo, and Dressman. He truly earns a handsome amount of money.
3. Neymar Jr. (Net worth $148 Million)
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, more popularly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer. He plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team.
SportsPro named him the most marketable athlete in a global canvas in the years 2012 and 2013. When he moved to FC Barcelona his transfer fee was worth €57.1 million which made him the 15th most expensive football transfer of all time.
He also makes a great fortune through his endorsement deals with different brands like Nike, Panasonic, Heliar, Claro, VW, Santander, Ambev, Red Bull, Guarana Antarctica and Unilever.
2. Lionel Messi (Net Worth $218 million)
Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi is an Argentine professional footballer. He plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona. He was born on June 24, 1987. He is often considered the best player in the world. Messi is the only player in history of football to win 5 FIFA Ballon d’Or. Out of these 5 ballon d’Or, 4 were won consecutively. He is also the first player to win three European Golden Shoes.
While playing in Barcelona, he won eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles. Along with all these titles he has also won four Copas del Rey. Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season (50), a football season (82), and a calendar year (91). He also holds the record for most assists made in La Liga and the Copa América.
Being so successful, there is no doubt that he is filthy rich. Messi has the largest pre-tax contract that any player has ever signed in the world. He has made tons of endorsement deals with different brands like Adidas, EA Sports, Ooredoo, Samsung, Lay’s, Audemars Piguet, Gillette, Dolce & Gabbana, Head & Shoulders, Gatorade and Pan Bimbo.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Net worth $230 million)
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal. In 2008, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He then won the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Ronaldo scored his 500th senior career goal for club and country.
Cristiano Ronaldo is often ranked as the best player in the world. During the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Portuguese Football Federation in 2015, he was declared the best Portuguese player of all time. He is the only player to win four European Golden Shoe awards. In 2016, Ronaldo was named the world’s best paid athlete by Forbes. In June 2016, ESPN ranked him the world’s most famous athlete.
He earns a fortune through his different endorsement deals with brands like Nike, Tag Heuer, Armani, Konami, Adidas, Castrol, Gucci, Forbes (and other magazines) and a personal brand of underwear labelled as CR7.
Other than his endorsements, he earns a large sum of money in the form of salary. He has a net worth of $230 million.