Wondering who the richest soccer players in the world are? On the Forbes list of the highest-paid athletes in the world released in June 2019, the first three; Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar are all soccer players.
The sport has grown into one of the most followed and lucrative sports in the world with so many people raking in millions. Apart from being the sport that is more widely played all around the world, it is also the most-watched with over a quarter billion people actively following it. As a result of this, clubs are ready to splash in mouthwatering amounts on the best players in the world who are also sought for by brands wanting them to identify with them.
Because of the skills and popularity of some athletes, it is easy for one to believe that they will definitely make the list of the richest footballers in the world. Will they?
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Net Worth: $450 million
Arguably, Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest football player to have walked the earth as well as one of the most hardworking and decorated having won 15 trophies with Real Madrid including 4 UEFA Champions League titles. Ronaldo has also won five Ballon d’Or awards.
Ronaldo plays as a forward for Juventus and the Portuguese national team which he also captains the later. He started his career in his home country of Portugal where he plays for Sporting CP from 2002 to 2003 before moving to Manchester United where he played until 2009. With United, he won three Premier League trophies and a Champions League among others. He moved to Real Madrid on a then-record fee of £80 million (€94 million) and a yearly salary of €11 million. There was also a buyout clause of €1 billion on him.
After helping the club to one of its most successful footballing period in history, he moved to Juventus in 2018 on a €100 million transfer fee as well as another €12 million that came with other fees. That was the highest fee ever paid by an Italian club for a player over 30.
In 2019, Ronaldo’s net worth is estimated at $450 million, placing him at the top of the richest soccer players list. He made his fortune from his salary as a footballer as well as his many endorsement deals with brands such as Nike, PanzerGlass, MEO, and Toyota among others. He also has many investments including his CR7 underwear.
2. Lionel Messi
Net Worth: $400 Million
The legendary Barcelona star is seen by many as the best player in the world, which automatically means he may hardly ever run out of endorsement deals. The Argentine plays as a forward for both the senior team of Argentina and Barcelona as captain.
Lionel Messi started his international career playing for the Argentine Under-20 team in 2003 and by 2004, he was already playing for the senior team. Messi started his club career with Barcelona in 2004 and has since then, remained with the side for which he has helped to clinch 10 La Liga titles, 6 Copa del Rey, and 4 UEFA Champions League titles among other things. More so, he has taken home five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards.
Lionel Messi has a net worth that is estimated at $400 Million.
Net Worth: $185 million
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is a Brazilian forward playing for the Brazil national team and Paris Saint-Germain in the French league. One of the highest-paid soccer stars in the world, Neymar has a net worth that is estimated at $185 million. He made his fortune from the salary he made from his career as well as his many endorsement deals.
His career began in 2009 for Santos Futebol Clube in Brazil until 2013 when he moved to Barcelona. He played there until 2017 when he joined Paris Saint-Germain for a transfer record of €222 million (£198 million), making him the most expensive player.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Net Worth: $190 million
Ibrahimovic is one soccer player who never wastes a moment before he tells how he is the best in the game. The legendary Swedish professional footballer plays in the MLS for LA Galaxy as a striker. Zlatan Ibrahimovic played for the Sweden National team from 2001 to 2016 while for his club career, he has played for some major clubs including Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United. In 2018, he joined LA Galaxy in 2018.
He has a net worth that is estimated at $190 Million by Celebrity Net Worth. Although some sources place him at a much lower $160 million, no one denies that he is a very rich soccer player.
5. Wayne Rooney
Net Worth: $160 million
Wayne Rooney dominated the English Premier League where he played for Manchester United for 13 seasons and then Everton before going to be famous in the American Major League Soccer for D.C. United. Rooney also played for The Three Lions of England from 2003 to 2018.
Regarded as one of the best soccer players in the world and the best in England, he has a net worth that is estimated at $160 million dollars. Apart from what he made from his transfer deals and also his salary, Rooney has also made a good fortune from the numerous endorsement deals that have come his way.
6. Alexandre Pato
Net Worth: $145 Million
Alexandre Pato is not the most famous soccer player in the world, but he still finds himself as one of the richest. He played for the Brazilian national team from 2008 to 2013 when he finally retired. As regards his club career, he started playing in 2006 for Internacional before going on to play for other teams including Milan, Chelsea, and Villarreal. From 2017 to 2019, he played for Tianjin Tianhai and then he joined São Paulo in 2019.
He has a net worth that has been estimated at $145 Million. Pato mostly made his fortune in the Chinese league. Only a few months after signing for Villarreal, he was sold to Tianjin Quanjian for over £15.5 million.
7. Gareth Bale
Net Worth: $125 million
The future of Gareth Bale with Real Madrid has become very uncertain but that has not taken off anything from his status as one of the best players in the game. The former Tottenham Hotspur man also plays for the Welsh national team.
Bale started his career for the Welsh senior team in 2006 and in the same year, he started his club career for Southampton until 2007 when he joined Tottenham, and then in 2013, he moved to Real Madrid.
He has a net worth that has been estimated at $125 million dollars.
8. Andres Iniesta
Net Worth: $120 million
Spanish professional footballer Andrés Iniesta spent many years in Barcelona from 2002 to 2018 and then he moved to Japan where he plays for Vissel Kobe. Iniesta enjoyed what could easily pass for a very great career. He played for Spain at all levels from the Under-15 level in 2000 to the senior national team in 2006 before he retired in 2018.
To his net worth, Andrés Iniesta has a massive $120 million which helps him to earn a spot among the richest soccer stars on the planet. Like all others, his fortune is amassed from his career earnings, endorsement deals, and other things he has been involved in.
9. Eden Hazard
Net Worth: $100 million
The Real Madrid star and Belgian captain has been regarded to be among the best-attacking midfielders in the world. The Chelsea legend first played for Lille from 2007 to 2012 and then he moved to Chelsea where he played for 7 years. Before moving to Real Madrid on a deal of anything from €100 million to €130 million. He is also expected to receive £400,000 per week.
The net worth of Hazard is estimated at $100 million and thanks to this, he is one of the richest soccer players in the world right now.
10. Paul Pogba
Net Worth: $85 Million
French midfielder Paul Pogba was central to the France National team winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He started playing for his country in 2008 at the Under-16 level. By 2013, he had already made his way to the France national soccer team. As regards his club career, he began with Manchester United in 2011 but left for Juventus in 2012 only after 3 appearances. He remained with The Old Lady until 2016 when he was back to Manchester United.
Having become one of the best in the game, he has an estimated net worth of $85 Million.
11. Sergio Ramos
Net Worth: $80 Million
Ramos has remained one of the most important individuals in the sport for quite a long time now. He plays for the Spain national team and also for Real Madrid which he captains. Sergio Ramos is one of the best defenders in the world who began his International career in 2005 and his club career in 2004 for Sevilla before joining Real Madrid in 2005 and he still remains with the team.
Ramos has won almost everything in the book from the FIFA World Cup with his country to the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, and UEFA Super Cup with his club.
Sergio Ramos has a net worth that is estimated at $80 Million.
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Net Worth: $75 million
Willian is an important winger and attacking midfielder for Chelsea FC as well as for the Brazilian national football team. In 2006, he began his senior club career with Corinthians and then after only a season he moved to Shakhtar Donetsk. In 2013, he was off to Russia to play for Anzhi Makhachkala but after only 11 games and a goal, he left for Chelsea for which he still plays. He has also been playing for the Brazilian national team since 2011.
In addition to his line of trophies including the COPA America which he won with Brazil, UEFA Europa League and Premier League with Chelsea, Willian has a net worth that is estimated at $75 million.