Who are the Worlds’ Richest Soccer Players??
With close to 4 billion fans in the world, it is without a doubt that soccer is the biggest and most popular sport in the world. The only thing bigger than the beautiful game itself has to the be soccer players’ very healthier bank accounts. Their wealth stretches far beyond what we could ever wrap our heads around but just to give you a clue, we’ve compiled a list of the World’s Richest Soccer players:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo- Estimated Net Worth $320 Million
No surprise that the one at the top of the list is, Cristiano Ronaldo. Not only is he handsome, talented, confident, but he is one of the richest athletes in the world. For most soccer lovers, Ronaldo is arguably one of the best soccer player–past and present. His style of scoring goals, skills with the ball with full control is the main reason why he is considered to be the best in the world. The Portuguese player now plays for Spanish team, Real Madrid. With his salary and endorsements, he was #4 on Forbes’ “The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities” and #1 on the “The World’s Highest Paid Athletes (2016) list.
2. Lionel Messi- Estimated Net Worth $280 Million
Messi is proof that dynamite does indeed come in small packages. Considered to be a magician on the pitch with his out-of-this-world talent, he is arguably the best player in world—currently. The captain of the Argentina national soccer team, he currently plays for FC Barcelona, he is proving to the world that he leads more than in just scoring goals; he is also scoring big bucks working with huge brands such as Samsung, Adidas, Gillette and Dolce& Gabbana.
3. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior – Estimated Net Worth $148 Million
Member of the Brazilian National Soccer and FC Barcelona team. Not only is he known for his good looks, skills on the pitch, and his edgy style off the pitch, but this 1/3 of the formidable MSN trio is showing us that you can be young and successful. The estimation of his annual salary is around €8.8 million a year.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimović – Estimated Net Worth $114 Million
The Man United and recently retired from international soccer superstar draws a hefty salary adding to his net worth along with smart investments and endorsement deals. According to reports, he owns a substantial amount of property and also has sponsorship deals with Nike, Nivea Men, Volvo and Xbox. He recently joined Manchester United by signing a one-year deal in 2016. It’s safe to conclude that the only thing bigger than Zlatan’s bank account is his ego.
5. Wayne Rooney – Estimated Net Worth $112 Million
The English National Team and Manchester United’s striker is the wealthiest player in the English Premier league. In 2014 for his exceptional performance on the field, Manchester United gave him a contract worth $104 Million having reported that it offers £300,000 a week.
6. Ricardo Kaka – Estimated Net Worth $108 Million
Kaka, considered by some a soccer legend, has banked over $100 million playing for giant clubs such as AC Milan, Real Madrid and Orlando City. He has also made a fortune by cashing in on endorsement deals with Adidas, Gillette, Armani, Samsung and Pepsi earning him the number six spot on our list.
7. Samuel Eto’o – Estimated Net Worth $98 Million
Previously earning €10 million a year at Barcelona and €5 million at Chelsea, the striker from Cameroon, earned nearly half of his fortune by signing an massive contract from Anzhi.; additional endorsement deals include Puma and Ford.
8. Raul Gonzalez Blanco – Estimated Net Worth $95 Million
After having his share of time with Real Madrid and earning over €7 million a year, Raul makes his money from his lucrative business ventures. He owns Scar Sports Europe, Luri that is a property company and Cadmus (an energy company).
9. Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, or simply Ronaldinho – Estimated Net Worth $93 Million
A former member of FC Barcelona and the new ambassador, Ronaldinho has been a star in the history of soccer with exceptional plays to remember. He earned a hefty €2.7 million a year in a recent stint with Atletico Mineiro. Ronaldinho has had many endorsement deals during his soccer career, which includes Pepsi, Nike, and Gatorade–to name a few.
10. Frank Lampard – Estimated Net Worth $90 Million
Rounding out our list of the World’s Richest Soccer Players – Top Ten. Frank made a fortune of over €35 million playing for 13 years with Chelsea and 1 year with Manchester City. He currently plays with New York FC in the MLS. Some of his endorsements includes brand giants, Nike, Pepsi, and Adidas