Enjoyed by over 3.5 billion fans around the world, Association Football or soccer is the most followed sports in the world. Football, today is not just considered a game of 22 players in the field, it has also become a religion which also makes it the most watched sports today. Several big events like FIFA, and Euro Cup together with domestic leagues like Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, etc. every nations in the world are inclined to perform better in this sports.
Skills, tactics, goals and celebrations; these are a few terms that define the ecstasy of this beautiful game. Football players are considered no less than a celebrity and their fame is discussed all around the world. These football or soccer players are also considered among the richest people in the world for their lucrative deals and huge salary. Forbes has been listing down the net worth of all the professional footballers playing in top-tier leagues around the world while Goal.com also produces list of richest footballers every year.
Here, we list the 10 richest football players in the world today.
10. Frank Lampard, Net Worth: $85 million
Chelsea legend and English footballer Frank Lampard is the most successful midfielder in the Premier League. Having played for Chelsea for 13 years, he is also the leading goal scorer as a midfielder and holds numerous records to his name. Considered to enjoy much success during his career with domestic cup and European cup titles, Lampard is the second richest English player after Wayne Rooney with a net worth of $85 million.
9. Ronaldinho, Net Worth: $90 million
One of the most respected footballers in the world, Ronaldinho is considered to be the finest player in the football pitch. A Brazilian footballer, Ronaldinho was known as the most skilled footballer in the world that saw him contracts from several top teams in the world. With a net worth of $90 million today, he has endorsement deals with big brands like Pepsi, Nike, Coca Cola, EA Sports, etc. He owns cars like Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz, etc. that puts him in the 9th position of the richest footballers in the world today.
8. Raul, Net Worth- $92 million
Raul is an Spanish footballer who currently plays as an striker in the MLS league for New York Cosmos. Having played for Real Madrid for 16 years, he is also the highest paid Spanish footballer in the world. Hailed as the most successful player in Spanish history, he holds numerous records in the game of football, having scored 323 goals during his career, a club record.
7. Samuel Eto’o, Net Worth: $95 million
The richest African football in the world surpassing the likes of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, Samuel Eto’o is a Cameroonian striker. With massive big deal contracts during his career, he was the highest paid footballer in the world while playing for Anzhi Makhachkala having a contract of $25 million per year. He also signed deals for Chelsea and Everton to play in the English Premier league and has endorsement deals with PUMA worth $7 million per year. He owns Bugatti Veyron, Maybach Xenatec, etc and is considered to be the most decorated African footballer in terms of money.
6. Kaka, Net Worth- $104 million
The second richest Brazilian footballer after Neymar, Kaka currently plays in the MLS league in America. As a Real Madrid star back in his prime, Kaka has been considered to be one of the best midfielders in the world today. He is also the highest paid footballer in the MLS league earning $7.2 million per year with his club Orlando City. His endorsement deal worth $5.5 million per year is what also puts him in the list of richest soccer players in the world. He owns mansion in Madrid worth over $10 million and has collection of some of the best cars like Audi Q7, Audi RS6, etc.
5. Wayne Rooney, Net Worth: $112 million
The richest footballer in England, Wayne Rooney plays for the Manchester United side in Premier League. The English striker signed from Everton when he was just 18 made sensational headlines for highest paid player in the Premier League at a very young age. With £300,000 weekly salary Wayne Rooney’s net worth also comes through several other endorsement deals with Nike and Samsung. He owns cars like Lamborghini, Continental, Ranger Rover, etc. and owns lavish properties in his hometown.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Net Worth- $114 million
Swedish international and the most entertaining player popular in the internet, Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays for the Paris Saint Germain side in the French league. Having signed for the PSG side in 2012, Ibrahimovic’s net worth stands at $114 million today. He has an endorsement deal worht $4 million with Nike while he also makes fortunes through other companies like Bonnier and Volvo. He owns cars like Ferrari Enzo, Porche Carrera GT, Volvo C30 TS, etc, that puts him in the fourth position of the richest footballers in the world.
3. Neymar, Net Worth- $148 million
Brazilian footballer and striker who plays for Barcelona, Neymar is considered to be one of the best footballers in the world today. The most marketable player in 2012 and 2013, Neymar’s salary saw him make $33.6 million in 2013 according to Forbes. He earns over $70 million in salary for his game play until his contract expires in 2019. He has signed deals with Panasonic, Red Bull, Claro, VW and several other popular brands in Brazil and Europe. His car collection includes Audi R8 and Porsche.
2. Lionel Messi, Net Worth- $180 million
Argentine player Lionel Messi plays for Barcelona in the Spanish Liga BBVA. He is known today as the ‘Little Magician’ for his talent that he displays with the ball on the pitch. With a net worth of $180 million, the player makes €20 million per year from the salary for his game as a striker. Together with that, Lionel Messi also earns through endorsement contracts that he has with Adidas, Turkish Airlines, EA Sports, etc. He owns cars like Audi R8, Ferrari F430 Spider, 2009 Maserati, etc.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Net Worth- $250 million
The richest football player in the planet today, Cristiano Ronaldo hails from Portugal and plays for Real Madrid side in Liga BBVA. After making a move to Real Madrid in 2009 from Premier League Club Manchester United, he was considered to be the most expensive footballer after the transfer was valued at €94 million. He earns from his salary with Real Madrid while also makes his fortunes with several endorsement deals he has with Nike, Armani, KFC, etc. He also owns several luxurious cars like Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Lamborghini Aventador, etc. that puts him on top of the richest soccer player in the world.
These richest footballers in the world are known for the gameplay and their skill they’ve garnered over the years with their experience.
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