You should know well that soccer happens to be the most popular sport in the world. The entire Europe plays soccer. You must be already jealous of the physique of the soccer players. But you have got one more reason to be jealous of them. You are about to see that how well it pays to be a professional soccer player. Some of them even cost same as the revenue of an entire company. In this list, I have considered their salaries, endorsement deals and other forms of investment portfolios they might have. So let’s take a seat in the giant stadium of spectators and see the list of richest soccer players in the world.
Richest soccer players in the world:
On the tenth spot, we got Frank Lampard with total wealth of 90 million USD. Presently, Frank is playing for New York FC. Earlier he had a bright career in the English Premier League in Chelsea and another in Manchester City. In his peak level, he pulled over 35 million pounds by playing matches. Furthermore, he even featured in both Nike and Adidas. For this reason, he has managed to crack the list of Richest soccer players in the world.
On the ninth spot, we got Ronaldinho with total wealth of 93 million USD. He has played for Barcelona for a long time. And he is also a former Ballon d’Or winner. Presently, Ronaldinho has managed to pull of 2.3 million euros. He is also a member of Queretaro FC, which is a big opportunity to earn more. You can say he is the best example of the proverb “Rages to riches”.
On the eight spot, we got Raul with total wealth of 95 million USD. He played for a while in Real Madrid with a salary of 3 million euros a year. He also played for a while with New York Cosmos. But he primarily makes money off the field. Raul has an interest in business ventures like Scar Sports Europe (Renewable energy company), Luri (properties) and Cadmus (an energy firm). By all these measures he has managed to crack our list.
On the seventh spot, we got Samuel Eto’o with total wealth of 98 million USD. At one point of his life, he used to earn 10 million euros playing for Barcelona. Samuel has also played for Chelsea and managed to earn 5 million euros. However, he earned most of his wealth from Anzhi Makhachkala. Furthermore, he also endorsed some products with Puma and Ford.
On the sixth spot, we got Kaka with total wealth of 108 million USD. He gets paid very handsomely both on and off the field. Kaka has played for many teams including Real Madrid, AC Milan, Sao Paulo and Orlando city. In addition to that, he is also into endorsing products with big companies like Adidas, Pepsi, Samsung, Gillette, and Armani. He has become quite rich from his hard work and talent for the game.
On the fifth spot, we got Wayne Rooney with total wealth of 112 million USD. He plays as a striker for both the Nation English Team and Manchester United. As a matter of fact, he is the richest played in the English Premier League. His gaming style is completely based on strength. For this reason, he has managed to evolve into more than just a goal-scorer for his team. Manchester United awarded him with a 104 million contract. In addition to that, he also gets 300,000 pounds weekly.
On the fourth spot, we got Zlatan Ibrahimović with total wealth of 114 million USD. Recently, he signed a good deal to play for Manchester United. Furthermore, the huge wealth also comes from endorsement deals with Xbox, Volvo, Nivea etc. And, he also invests in properties. It seems that Ibrahimović is more than a human highlight reel from his massive wealth.
On the third spot, we got Neymar with total wealth of 148 million USD. He is the present face of Brazilian soccer. In addition to that, he is also a major cog in FC Barcelona team. You must have seen his tremendous foot work on the field. That’s what makes him one of the most popular players in the game. Experts have estimated that his annual salary is about 8.8 million euros a year. However, he earns most of his wealth from brand endorsements and investments. He has managed to incorporate with Nike, Panasonic, Volkswagen, Red Bull etc. Well, that’s very impressive considering the fact that he is only 23 years old.
On the second spot, we got Lionel Messi with total wealth of 218 million USD. He is surely one of the most brilliant players in the sport. Furthermore, he is also a good businessman. Lionel Messi has been the prime player in the Barcelona team. They pay him 50 million USD a year. Along with this, he also managed to do plenty of endorsement deals. Lionel Messi presently works with Adidas, Samsung, Gillette, Dolce & Gabbana and Gatorade. Messi has also managed to win Ballon d’Or awards four times. Finally, he has also won the title of FIFA World Player for the year. He is also present in the cover art of the FIFA franchise game for so many years.
There’s no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo is on the top of this list. Ronaldo has been the best of best over the years. His game is really impeccable with fast dribbling speed and excellent ball control. Over the years he has played for Real Madrid which pays him 18.2 million euros yearly. Plus, he also gets bonuses if he continues to play well. Furthermore, Ronaldo has also done a countless brand endorsement. He has featured for energy drinks, cars, Nike etc. He is also the perfect example of the proverb “Rags to riches”. Ronaldo also owns the world’s most expensive car Bugatti Veyron. In addition to that, he is also the owner of countless luxury cars.