Followed by over 3.5 billion people across the globe, football or as they may call it from The United States of America soccer, is the most popular sport in the world. With as much fun as it presents to the fans, it also pays well. Those following it on daily basis knows just how much one can earn for just kicking it the right way, you will be amazed to realize who compares their weekly wages with the Most richest players in the world currently.
Goal.com recently released their annual “Goal Rich List,” and it provides a detailed look at which players make the most amount of money, and from which source. This list takes into consideration salaries, endorsement deals, and any form of investment portfolios that a player might have as well. So take a seat if you must because this is going to sting.
Top ten richest players in the world
|Player Name||Nationality||Player Worth|
|Christiano Ronaldo||Portugal||$230 Million|
|Leonel Messi||Argentina||$218 Million|
|Neymar Jnr||Brazil||$148 Million|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Sweden||$114 Million|
|Wayne Rooney||England||$112 Million|
|Samuel Eto'o||Cameroon||$98 Million|
|Raúl González||Spain||$95 Million|
|Ronaldinho Gaucho||Brazil||$93 Million|
|Frank Lampard||England||$90 Million|
With so many wealthy players out there, we are going to be looking at all-time wealthiest players who are still alive and kicking. Starting from tenth to the richest player in the world, take your popcorn and enjoy
The Chelsea legend and their leading top scorer sit 10th in our list with estimated wealth of $90million. It was during his 14-year stay in England, 13 with Chelsea and 1 with Manchester City where Frank Lampard accumulated most of his wealth.
He also represented both Adidas and Nike before opting to go and finish his career in MLS America. Lampard has won everything possible at a club level, where in 2005, he finished as a runners up in the race for the world’s best player.
Ronaldinho Gaucho better known as Ronaldinho, the football legend may have left European football a couple of years ago, but his name cannot go unnoticed. A genius with the ball at his feet during his splendid days at Fc Barcelona, the tricky attacker won Ballon Dor in 2004-2005 season.
He scored 33 goals in 97 games for Barcelona before leaving for European Giants Ac Milan. His net worth is $93million. Apart from football, he has other endorsements like Nike, EA Sports, Cadbury Schweppes, Groupe Danone, Coca-Cola, and Gatorade.
After regularly topping Real Madrid’s top earner’s list in his 16 years with the Real Madrid football team, Raul made a consistent salary of $10m per year.
Besides his regular salary, he also earned another €14m in his two years at Gazprom-backed Schalke. Then he added to that amount by earning another €10m when he spent two seasons at Qatari’s Al-Sadd before joining New York Cosmos for an undisclosed salary and will play and head up the youth academy of the football club.
The former Real Madrid all-time leading goal scorer and a favorite star in the world of football has a net worth of $95m
From his glory days in Spain, to Italy Went to Russia and turned to England, This famous Cameroonian footballer plays for Sampdoria as a striking forward. He is the most reputed and decorated African footballer.
He has bagged huge contracts all through his career. Eto’o was, in fact, the highest-paid player in the world during his covetous spell with Anzhi Makhachkala where he used to earn €20 million ($25 million) per year after paying taxes. Eto’o has a net worth of $98m.
Kaka is another one of those footballers who gets paid handsomely both on and off the field. Not only has he made plenty of bank playing for clubs like Real Madrid, AC Milan, Sao Paulo, and Orlando City, he’s also rolling in endorsement money, courtesy of deals with companies such as Adidas, Pepsi, Samsung, Gillette, and Armani. Let’s just say Kaka has it all.
In 2007 he won Ballon d’Or playing for Ac Milan before leaving for Real Madrid the following season. The Humble Brazilian has a net worth of $108m.
Wayne Rooney is a talented and one of the most famous English professional football players, and of course, richest. He is the striker and captain of the English national team and also the legendary Manchester United club. He has signed endorsement deals with Chevrolet and Nike as well.
Wayne Rooney is also Manchester United’s all-time leading top scorer and the highest paid player in English football. Rooney has a Net worth of $112m and is 5th in our list of top ten richest players in the world.
The arrogant self-celebrated Swede has been a star wherever he has been, Holland, Spain, Italy, France, England even in his homeland Sweden.
He is an idol to wherever he lands. That has not only awarded him with so many accolades but also too much wealth. At 35 years, he is still playing top-flight football with Manchester United and doing it with so much ease and energy.
While a hefty salary from his club team factors into his net worth, much of Ibrahimovic’s money comes from endorsement deals and smart investments. According to Goal, he has sponsorship deals with Nivea, Xbox, Volvo, and Dressman, and his investments include owning a substantial amount of property. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a net worth of $114m make him the 4th richest player in the world.
Neymar is the face of Brazilian soccer and one of the main cogs on a very talented FC Barcelona team. His skills with the ball and flair for excellence on the pitch have made him one of the most popular players in the sport.
His annual salary, which stands at €8.8 million a year, is small potatoes compared to his overwhelming endorsement deals, which include agreements with the likes of Nike, Panasonic, Volkswagen, Red Bull, and much more.
At the age of 23, only God knows where the fate is taking the Brazil international.
He has a net worth of $148m and comfortably sits 3rd in the list of the richest players in the world.
Lionel Messi is not only a magician on the soccer field, but he’s a businessman of it. His lucrative contract with Barcelona pays him $50 million a year, and he has tons of endorsement deals on his plate — he works with brands such as Adidas, Samsung, Gillette, Gatorade, and Dolce & Gabbana.
If anyone considers Messi second best to any footballer, then they may be leaving behind the closed doors during the days of Pele and Maradona. The five-time world best player has a net worth of $218m and comfortably sitting second in the list of the top ten richest players in the world.
With an estimated net worth of whooping $230 million, Portuguese national football team forward Cristiano Ronaldo stands tall on the top spot of the list of top 10 richest soccer players in the world 2017. The wealthiest football player in the world today, Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid side in Liga BBVA.
After the transfer from Premier League Club Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009, he was counted to be the most expensive footballer following the move which was valued at €94 million to boost.
Cristiano Ronaldo also agreed upon an endorsement contract back in 2010 with the Nike which was worth €6 million (£5 million) per annum. He also has several other endorsements as the likes of Armani, Castrol Edge, Banco Espirito Santo, Jacob & Co, Herbalife, and KFC.
Ronaldo has an incredible collection of property that consists of Alderley Edge Mansion in Cheshire, England and Madrid, Spain and 8600 square feet mansion. His expensive car collection is envious as well, which includes Bentley Continental GTC, Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Koenigsegg CCX and much more.
Cristiano is the top richest player in the world.
Now breathe! There you had it, we welcome all football fans comments and their thoughts on the matter as well as any corrections one may have concerning these wages.