How excited are you to dive deep into the financials of some of the richest football players in the world? Well, that’s what we’re covering in this list. Football players are paid exorbitant amounts of money because without them the industry wouldn’t be as big. We’ve heard it many times people questioning why someone like Cristiano Ronaldo is getting paid $100 Million for a new contract when teachers and doctors get paid so little. It all boils down to basic economics, how many teachers are there in the world? What is the economic impact of one teacher?
Someone like Christian Renaldo is generating billions of dollars for the industry and deserves to be paid a fraction of that. Keep this in mind as we go through the numbers. Although, they get paid big salaries by their football clubs. One of the most important revenue strings comes from sponsorship deals and winning tournaments like UEFA champions league and the World Cup or the National League. Football players are no longer just athletes, they’ve become brands and they know it. Here are the top 10 richest football players in the world.
10: Zinedine Zidane – Net Worth $100 Million
We’re starting strong with a former football player who is now a successful coach, Zinedine Zidane. He’s the man that helped Real Madrid win their 13th Champions League trophy. He’s also known for participating in 6 World Cup tournaments alongside France and playing for Juventus or Real Madrid. Also, that time he head-butted Materazzi in his last game. Having such a successful football career and now as a coach, he’s managed to amass quite a fortune for himself. In 2001, his transfer from Juventus to Real Madrid set a world record for €75 Million at that time. He also owns a few luxury cars and a $2.5 Million house in Madrid with his wife and 4 children.
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9: Eden Hazard – Net Worth $100 Million
For non-football fans, this name might not sound as familiar but he’s actually one of the biggest names in the industry right now. This 27-year-old Belgian football player is currently at Chelsea and Belgium’s national team where he managed to score a permanent position. Some even say he’s one of the best players in the world. Money wise Eden Hazard is doing pretty well. He’s gathered so far roughly $100 Million from his football salaries, transfer fees, tournaments and sponsorships. He’s a very positive and fearless person and that attitude definitely helped him to get to this point in his career where he gets a $16 Million salary per year and gets to work with the likes of Nike.
8: Wayne Rooney – Net Worth $165 Million
Passing the ball next, we get to the talented British boy Wayne Rooney. This guy is a Manchester United legend and one of England’s best forwards. He’s currently playing for DC United and has a fortune of $165 Million. besides his football career, he’s being the face of some media scandals regarding infidelity and driving under the influence. Rooney is also doing some investing so far, he’s invested in a few small businesses and a Newcastle Hotel. Other than that, he has a wife and 4 children to take care of and at least 10 more years in the football world. He’s also had one of the most expensive weddings ever, so we better make sure the money keeps coming in.
7: Neymar – Net Worth $185 Million
This young Brazilian superstar is now everyone’s favorite and one of the richest football players. Well, he was until this World Cup when he was seen as faking too many injuries instead of doing the work. At only 26 years old Neymar scored a $60 Million contract with the French PSG back in August of 2017. From all of that money, $250 Million went to Barcelona for letting him off. While the remaining $350 Million will be his salary for the next 3 years which is roughly $9 Million per month. Since that money is not currently in his bank accounts, Neymar’s net worth at the moment is $185 Million but it’s growing more and more every day since he’s got lots of sponsorships with Gillette, Nike or Red Bull which bring him roughly $17 Million each year.
6: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Net Worth $190 Million
Another famous, extraordinary and one of the richest football players is none other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic. If you don’t know whose Zlatan is, look into the sky he’s a legend. Although his parents are not Swedish, he was born there and therefore is a Swedish national. He’s famous for playing at Ajax, Juventus Inter Milan and Barcelona football clubs and of course for Sweden’s national team. He is currently signed with the LA Galaxy for $1.5 Million per year for a 2-year contract because that’s what he wanted to do. He turned down a $100 Million offer to play in the Chinese super league. His career is full of major highlights and awards so any brand in football club would be honored to have him work for them, in spite of all the scandals he faced regarding his aggressive behavior and racist comments.
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5: Dave Whelan – Net Worth $220 Million
Out of all the richest football players on this top list, we have here Dave Whelan, he’s the oldest. This football legend is now over 81 years old and played for some of the smaller clubs in England. He is actually a football club owner. He owns League One Club Wigan athletic and is also the owner of DW Stadium. Which has home two League One football club, Wigan Athletic and Rugby League Club Wigan Warriors? Unlike most candidates on this list, Dave is the only one so far that has a strong investment career. He shifted dramatically into the business side of football being the main man behind the success of the team.
He has a fortune of $220 Million and 2 children to pass it on to. In fact, back in the day, he also bought Manchester United football club for 11.5 Million pounds. The deal was later scrapped and thinking how big the club is now and the achievements they have, it’s no wonder Dave regrets this a lot since he could have been a billionaire by now.
4: Lionel Messi – Net Worth $400 Million
There are so many articles and good things to say about Messi that we don’t know where to start. A few other football players are as popular and as loved as he is but here he is on our top list because he’s also one of the richest football players in the world. Lionel Messi is currently signed with Barcelona and also a key player for Argentina’s national team. He won several awards and championships with Barcelona and is also among the best players in the world. His goals are fantastic, he’s a real team player and his fan base is by a site. He scored 383 goals for Barcelona so far and 65 for Argentina. He holds a few records as well and is one of the richest football players the world has ever seen.
His net worth is estimated at $400 Million, although there are multiple sources saying differently. He’s most definitely making big money out of his talent and fame. You might not know this, but Messi and his father almost went to jail recently because of tax evasion. Remember the Panama papers scandal, turns out he was using offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes after he lawyered up he got away with only a fine of 5 Million euros.
3: Christiano Ronaldo – Net Worth $450 Million
After Messi, it was only natural to have Christiano Ronaldo. These two guys are constantly battling it out. Their fans are split between Barcelona and Real Madrid or Portugal versus Argentina. Whatever people say, one thing is for sure, Ronaldo is a star, a real hard-working athlete and a money-making machine. Sources often say that he makes more money than Messi and vice versa but that depends a lot on who you’re talking to.
Ronaldo is said to have around $450 Million in his bank account and considering he’s only 33 years old and is already one of the richest football players in the world, that’s a huge deal. He now has 3 children, a beautiful girlfriend, multiple sponsorship deals, a successful career and a luxurious life. His lifetime Nike contract is worth upwards of $1 Billion and a $14 Million estate in Madrid, it’s certainly can’t get much better than that.
2: David Beckham – Net Worth $460 Million
We’ve reached that point in our top list where we have to talk about the Brad Pitt of football, which is, of course, David Beckham. Ladies, he’s still married and guys he’s still playing football. His career has been filled with great achievements, he’s been decorated by the queen of England. Besides being handsome and talented, David Beckham is also rich. At 43 years old, David Beckham has managed to make $460 Million. Aside from aging like no one else on this planet, David still rocks a crazy 6 pack and sexy shorts in H&M commercials. From red carpet appearances to USA football teams, this guy can make anything work for him. Alongside his famous wife Victoria Beckham, they are definitely a power couple.
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1: Faiq Bolkiah – Most Richest Football Players – Net Worth $20 Billion
If you thought Ronaldo or Messi were the richest football players in the world, you’ve been reading the wrong news. They are indeed famous, talented and rich but not as rich as Faiq Bolkiah. Faiq Bolkiah is the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah with an estimated fortune of $20 Billion. That’s how much this young football player can expect to inherit, maybe even more.
He’s currently playing for Leicester City and Brunai’s national team at only 20 years old. Just looking at his social media pictures, it seems like he has a pretty comfortable and exciting life being the son of a prince and the nephew of a Sultan. So, even though his football career is not shining yet at least he doesn’t have to worry about money. If you’ve never heard of the Sultan of Brunei, he has the largest car collection in the world, pavements made of gold and lives the ultimate lavish life.
Bonus Mention: Pele – Net Worth $100ish Million
History only remembers the great ones and success stories. Out of all the famous names we ranked in this top list? This Brazilian legend is by far the best football player this world has seen at the time he was still playing. He was such a big sensation back in the days that his fortune was estimated to be around $100 Million. Pele played for Brazil’s national team 5 times and for the Santos and New York Cosmos for more than 20 years.
He was named multiple times as the king of football. His name is still remembered up to this day even though he’s now retired. While he was still playing his fortune was estimated to have been around $100 Million in the 1970s, which would now be around $600 Million. He was one of the richest football players of his time. After he retired, his attention shifted towards autobiographies, movies and sponsorship deals making him a successful star even now at 77 years old. We didn’t put him in the top 10 because it turns out he wasn’t as good with money as he was with the ball. Pele is still doing really well but he isn’t a billionaire as everyone was expecting him to be.
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Well, that’s it for today’s list of 10 richest football players in the world. With all this football madness especially in Europe and Latin America? we’re curious to see how high some players’ salaries will get? What other gems will appear in the next few years? In the meantime, we are curious to know. Who’s the better player Ronaldo or Messi? Let us know in the comments below. Thank you for spending some time with us.