The World’s Top 10 Richest Footballers

The World’s Top 10 Richest Footballers

Football (soccer) players can earn hundreds of thousands of pounds in wages every week but the wealthiest players in the world often have countless other forms of revenue streams to amass their fortune. Here are the top 10 wealthiest footballers in the world right now.

1. Faiq Bolkiah (Leicester City)

Faiq Bolkiah
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Pay: $1,000 per week

Total Net Worth: $20 billion

Other Forms of Income: Royal wealth and inheritance

Club: Leicester City

National Team: Brunei

Position: Midfielder

As a reserve player for the Foxes, Bolkiah won’t currently be on a lucrative contract. Not that he needs the money. The Brunei international winger is actually the son of Jefri Bolkiah, Prince of Brunei and the nephew of Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah.

 

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Pay: $710,000 per week

Total Net Worth: $450 million

Other Forms of Income: Sponsorship, CR7 brand, and business ventures

Club: Juventus

National Team: Portugal

Position: Attacker

Portuguese national team captain Ronaldo might be entering the twilight years of his career but he still rakes in an estimated $100 million every year through his wages, bonuses and endorsements. The man is a brand in his own right.

 

3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Lionel Messi
Image: Lionel Messi under Wikimedia Commons

Pay: $645,000 per week

Total Net Worth: $400 million

Other Forms of Income: Sponsorships and brand revenue

Club: Barcelona

National Team: Argentina

Position: Attacker

Thanks to his success at club level, the Argentine footballer has become one of the most marketable players of all-time. Despite not being quite as commercially driven as his rival, Ronaldo, Messi has still amassed a huge fortune.

At two years younger than Ronaldo, time is on his side to get even richer with wages, bonuses, and endorsements with brands such as Turkish Airlines hitting $110 million every calendar year.

 

 4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Pay: $26,000 per week

Total Net Worth: $190 million

Other Forms of Income: Sponsorships, brand revenue, and music

Club: Los Angeles Galaxy

National Team: Sweden (now retired from international football)

Position: Striker

The controversial journeyman is probably this high on the list due to the amount of money he has earned in signing-on fees having played for nine clubs in a 19 year career so far.

The former Swedish international striker earns a reported $1.56 million each year at LA Galaxy in the MLS. His tendency to produce arrogant sound bites and become embroiled in controversies has made him highly attractive as a marketing tool which has helped strengthen his commercial portfolio.

 

5. Neymar (PSG)

Neymar
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Pay: $775,000 per week

Total Net Worth: $185 million

Other Forms of Income: Sponsorships, brand revenue, and media work

Club: PSG

National Team: Brazil

Position: Forward

Age: 27

Brazilian footballers are often leading the way when it comes to attracting the big endorsements. PSG striker Neymar has some lucrative endorsements with Nike and Beats by Dre have helped compile a net worth of $140 million.

As one of the highest earners in world football and his role as the darling of Brazilian football it means Neymar still has a lot more money to add to his bankroll yet. His world transfer record of €222 million from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 certainly helped this wealth but the player denies the move was motivated by money.

 

6. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Gareth Bale
Image: Gareth Bale under Wikimedia Commons

Pay: $457,000 per week

Total Net Worth: $110 million

Other Forms of Income: Sponsorships, brand revenue, business and property portfolio

Club: Real Madrid

National Team: Wales

Position: Forward/Winger

Age: 29

After the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus, Welsh wizard Bale was told by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez that he was the man the club would be built around for the 2018/19 season. So far, that appears to be true.

Bale has led by example. His new role as talisman for the La Liga club has helped him to increase his net worth to $110 million. No doubt his record breaking £100 million transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid back in 2013 contributed to that value. You will also struggle to count the number of endorsements he is involved in with big brand names including Adidas, EA Sports, and Lucozade.

 

7. Wayne Rooney (DC United)

Wayne Rooney
Image: Wayne Rooney under Wikimedia Commons

Pay: $52,000 per week

Total Net Worth: $100 million

Other Forms of Income: Sponsorships

Club: DC United

National Team: England (now retired from international football)

Position: Forward/Midfielder

Age: 33

Former Manchester United forward Rooney has etched his name in the history books as the record scorer for both the Red Devils and the England national team at club and international level respectively.

The talented front man was earning £150,000 per week when he was a teenager at Everton back in 2004. That wage doubled to £300,000 at United and he’s been watching the money rolling in ever since. An estimated wealth of $145 million can largely be attributed to his reputation as being one of the greatest goal scorers in the history of football. He continues to earn his millions playing in the MLS for DC United.

 

8. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Eden Hazard
Image: Eden Hazard under Wikimedia Commons

Pay: $264,000 per week

Total Net Worth: $100 million

Other Forms of Income: Sponsorships, brand revenue, and business ventures

Club: Chelsea

National Team: Belgium

Position: Winger/Attacking Midfielder

Age: 28

Chelsea creative midfielder, Hazard, has long been touted as one of the best players in the world but has always just fallen behind the elite group that have swept up the international awards.

Still, the Belgian international enjoyed a stunning 2018 World Cup and his form at club level continues to impress making him a popular choice with commercial brands. His net worth is estimated to be valued at $100 million with endorsements varying from brand giants such as Nike to the smaller brands like Lotus Bakeries.

 

9. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Paul Pogba
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Pay: $383,000 per week

Total Net Worth: $85 million

Other Forms of Income: Sponsorships, media work and brand revenue

Club: Manchester United

National Team: France

Position: Midfielder

Age: 26

World Cup winner Pogba is one of the shining examples of the soccer world where players identify themselves as a brand in their own right. The Manchester United midfielder came to international acclaim due to his performances with Juventus and France. His trademark “Dab” celebration went viral.

The French international has since marketed himself very effectively resulting in multi-million dollar sponsorship deals with the likes of Adidas and close affiliations with the EA Sports FIFA series.

 

10. Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United)

Alexis Sánchez
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Pay: $462,000 per week

Total Net Worth: $50 million

Other Forms of Income: Sponsorships

Club: Manchester United

National Team: Chile

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Age: 30

 It feels like Sanchez has been around forever. The Chilean international was a big name on the world stage when he transferred to Barcelona from Udinese back in 2011. Ever since then, the Manchester United attacking maestro has gone from strength-to-strength.

His transfer from Barcelona to Arsenal saw him earn a fortune but it was his move to the Red Devils in 2018 that saw him become one of the highest paid players in world soccer. As brand ambassador of Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei and a wealthy sponsorship with Pepsi, Sanchez has gone on to become one of the richest players in the game.

 

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