Top 10 richest soccer players in the world
We look at the top 10 richest footballers in the world. In this modern era, football players are on extravagant wages and are undoubtedly among the world's richest athletes.
The football world has produced lots of amazingly talented players in different football leagues with lots of skills that have brought joy to football fans worldwide.
Football is one of the richest sports globally, having produced such talented players that receive massive salaries.
Below is a detailed list of the top 10 richest football and soccer players in the world in 2021.
1. Faiq Bolkiah - net worth of $20.00 Billion
Faiq Bolkiah is the richest soccer player in the world, with a net worth of 20 Billion U.S dollars. Faiq Bolkiah is the richest footballer player, not because of his football salaries, but because of his roots.
In the 2020 transfer window, Faiq joined Portuguese club Maritimo on a free transfer on September 23rd 2020. Faiq captains the Brunei national team and has made five appearances for his country and scored one goal.
Faiq Bolkiah is the richest football player in the world
Faiq Bolkiah is a professional footballer and also the son of the Prince of Brunei, Jefri Bolkiah. Faiq Bolkiah currently plays as a midfielder for Portuguese club Marítimo.
Fraiq Bolkiah's uncle Hassanal Bolkiah is the Sultan of Brunei, an oil-rich country. The 22-year-old player holds Brunei's citizenship and the United States as he was born in Los Angeles, United States.
Faiq loves football so much that he decided to pursue it as his career. He played most of his youth career in different clubs in the Premier League, including Southampton, Chelsea, Reading and Arsenal.
The Midfielder signed his first Professional contract with Leicester City on a three-year contract. He further extended a one-year contract with Leicester in 2019.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - Net Worth of $460.00 Million
Cristiano Ronaldo is the 2nd richest football player globally with a net worth of around 460 million U.S Dollars.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the second richest footballers in the world
Ronaldo is one of the most decorated football players in the world who has played in different top clubs in Europe, including his childhood club Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Currently Juventus in Italy.
According to Forbes Records, in 2020, Cristiano Ronaldo is the 2nd highest-paid athlete in the world behind Roger Federer, with an annual earning of $105 Million.
His net worth also increased with his endorsement worth $47 million and his prizes such as five Ballon d'Or, FIFA World Player of the Year and many more. Also, that has helped him to become one of the richest footballers in the world.
C. Ronaldo's salary in Juventus in the current 2020 season is roughly $663,000 per week.
C. Ronaldo is also the most followed athlete in the world, hitting over 200 million followers in 2020. Ronaldo was also the first soccer player in history to earn 1 billion dollars.
Ronaldo has earned 200 caps in his national team in Portugal and has scored 199 goals making him the second-highest goal scorer on an international level in the world.
Ronaldo is one of few players who signed a lifetime deal with Nike, worth $ 1 billion. His other endorsements are Electronic Arts, Altice, DAZN, Herbalife, MTG, Egyptian Steel; it’s almost impossible to keep track of them, claims Forbes.
Ronaldo has a total of 19 cars that are worth over $4.9 million.
The lists of his cars are Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI, a Bugatti Veyron worth $ 1.7 million, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 worth $ 3,18,000, a Bentley GT Speed worth $ 220,000, Aston Martin DB9 $ 200,000, Audi R8, $ 150,000 and others.
3. Lionel Messi - Net Worth of $400.00 Million
Lionel Messi is the third richest footballers in the world
Lionel Messi is also one of the most decorated footballers in the world. His style of football reminds us of the late Diego Maradona. His eye for goals, his dribbling skills, awareness is sublime.
Messi started his football career in the Barcelona academy playing in the Barcelona C and Barcelona B team before moving to Barcelona's senior team.
According to Forbes Records, in 2020, Lionel Messi is also the 3rd highest-paid athlete in the world behind his rival Cristiano Ronaldo with an annual earning of $104 Million.
Messi has 164 caps for Argentina, with 71 goals. Lionel Messi captains the Argentina national team.
Messi has different endorsements that help him make the list of the richest footballers, including Gatorade, Adidas, Huawei, Lay's, Mastercard, Pepsi, Hawkers Gatorade and Ooredoo.
According to Forbes, Messi gained $28 million from Pepsi, Turkish Airlines, Gillette and many more, converted to around ₦10.2 billion. In 2019, he earned $35m from endorsements, which gave him the rank of one of the world's richest footballers.
Messi has a mansion in Barcelona worth over ₦740 million. He also has lots of expensive cars, including Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti, Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradal, Audi R8 Spyder, Maserati GranTurismo S, Lexus RX 450h, Range Rover Vogue and others.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Net Worth of $190.00 Million
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish magician, is the 4th richest football player in the world with a net worth of around 190 million U.S dollars.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the fourth richest footballers in the world
Ibrahimovic is a Swedish professional football player that currently plays for Italian side AC Milan.
Ibrahimovic has also played for different clubs in Europe, including Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris-Saint German, AC Milan and Manchester United.
Zlatan is a top football athlete with an excellent aerial presence. His physique makes him one of the most formidable strikers to mark and has been a torment to various top defenders he faced across the six leagues he has played in his career.
Currently, Ibrahimovic earns an annual salary worth €3.5 million. He also has many endorsement deals worth over $10 million per year, including Nike, Microsoft Xbox, Nivea, Samsung, and Volvo.
The striker captained Sweeden's team and scored 62 goals in 116 caps for his country.
Ibrahimovic owns three luxurious houses in Sweden worth over $14 million and has different expensive cars, including Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Gallardo, Audi S8, Maserati Gran Turismo and Volvo C30 T5.
5. Wayne Rooney - Net Worth of $170.00 Million
Wayne Rooney is the fifth richest footballers in the world
Rooney is the all-time highest goal scorer for England and Manchester United. He scored 51 goals in 120 appearances for England and scored 253 goals in 559 appearances for Manchester United.
Rooney is the current manager of Derby Country. Derby County is a football club currently playing the second tier of English football.
Rooney has several sponsorship deals with Nokia, Coca-Cola, Adidas and FIFA, and he is the most marketable active English football player.
Rooney also has a big mansion worth $17.83 million, which is located at the civil parish of Prestbury in the county of Cheshire, England.
He also has some expensive and beautiful cars, including Bentley Continental GTC, Range Rover Overfinch, Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi RS6, Silver Bentley Continental GTC and others.
6. Gareth Bale with a Net Worth of $145.00 Million
Wales Striker Gareth Bale joins in the list as the 6th richest football players in the world with a net worth of 145 million US dollars.
Gareth Bale is the sixth richest footballers in the world
Gareth Bale is a professional football player who plays as a winger for Tottenham Hotspur in England on a season-long loan from Real Madrid. He is regarded as one of the fastest footballers in the world.
Gareth Bale joined Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2013 in a world record fee of £85.3 million from Tottenham Hotspur.
Being regarded as one of the best footballers in the world, Bale's contract with Real Madrid earned him £15 million annually, which has made him one of the world's richest football players.
In 2020, Gareth Bale signed a contract with Tottenham worth over 10 million euros per annum.
Bale also has different endorsement deals worth over £10 million per year, including his deals with Adidas, EA Sports, Lucozade, BT Sport, Nissan Motor, Konami and Foot Locker.
Bale is currently the captain of his country Wales and has scored 33 goals in his 83 appearances for Wales.
7. Andres Iniesta - Net Worth of $120.00 Million
Barcelona club legend and midfield maestro Andres Iniesta is the 7th richest football player in the world.
Andreas Iniesta, who no longer plays for the Spanish national team, was one of the world's best midfielders during his days in Barcelona. Iniesta made 131 appearances for Spain scoring 13 times.
Andres Iniesta is the seventh richest footballers in world
Iniesta is the former Barcelona midfielder who currently plays for Japanese club Visel Kobe. He was the former captain of Barcelona before the current captain Lionel Messi.
Iniesta was instrumental and a prominent figure in the Spanish team that won the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. He scored the winning goal in the final match of the tournament against the Netherlands, assisted by former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas in the 116th minute of play.
Spending most of his career in Barcelona, Iniesta earned a weekly salary of $240,000 per week, around $11.5 million per year. When he left Barcelona to join Visel Kobe, Iniesta started receiving a weekly salary worth over $600,000, pushing his net worth high.
Iniesta also has some fabulous endorsement deals, including UFX.com, Nissan, and Nike, which he reportedly earns around $5 million per year. Iniesta also has the highest share of $400,000 in Albacete Football Club, a club in his country Spain.
8. Eden Hazard - Net Worth of $100.00 Million
Former Chelsea playmaker and Real Madrid player Eden Hazard is the 8th richest footballer in the world with a net worth of $100.00 Million.
Eden Hazard is the eighth richest footballers in the world
Eden Hazard is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and his country Belgium. Hazard, who has played for Chelsea, was once the highest-paid player in the club and earned an annual salary of $15.4 million.
Currently, his weekly salary with Real Madrid is over 550,000 pounds per week, and that raised his net worth to make the top ten list of the richest football players in the world.
9. Neymar Jr - Net Worth of $95.0 Million
Despite his young age, Brazillian playmaker Neymar Jr is the fifth richest football player in the world with a net worth of around 185 million U.S dollars.
Neymar is the ninth richest footballers in the world
Neymar is a professional football player who currently plays as a winger for French champions Paris-Saint German, and he is regarded as one of the most skilful football players in the world.
According to Forbes's latest rankings, he is the fourth most highest-paid athlete in the world with an earning of $95.0 Million.
He earns $95 million, of which $70.5 million comes from his salaries, while $25 million comes from his endorsements. Playing for Barcelona and PSG has helped him in reaching such miles.
Neymar has lots of endorsement deals such as Nike, Panasonic, Air Jordan, L'Oreal or Gillette and his latest Pumas contract.
The Brazilian international is currently the national team captain and has scored 64 goals in 103 appearances for Brazil.
He has also won many individual awards, including the World Soccer Young Player of the Year, FIFA Puskás Award, FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball and others.
10. Paul Pogba - Net Worth of $85.00 Million
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is the 10th richest football player in the world with a net worth of $85.00 Million.
Paul Pogba is the tenth richest footballers in the world
He was once the most expensive player in the world when he rejoined Manchester United from Juventus in a fee of €105 million.
His weekly salary in Manchester United is worth over £290,000 per week and has helped boost his net worth, and he also has an endorsement with Adidas, which is valued at £31 million per year.
Pogba also owns a real estate company worth over £2.6 million in Cheshire and owns different beautiful and expensive cars, including Mercedes GLS 4X4, Lamborghini Aventador, Audi RS6 Power R, Rolls-Royce Wraith, Bently Flying Spur, Maserati Quattroporte, Ferrari 812 Superfast and others.
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