Here’s a list of the Top 10 richest soccer players, or richest football players, for 2016 & 2015. We are looking closely to see who comes out on top for 2016, take a look below.
The beautiful game, as we call it. Wouldn’t be so beautiful now would it without the incredible players that grace the soccer pitch every other weekend. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar…..and the list goes on and on give blood and sweat to perform day in and day out and seems like they charge a 100 bucks for every drop of sweat they shed. The managers today demand the best players in the world and the best players don’t come cheap.
Along with the massive wages there are a lot of other things in the equation that make the soccer players millionaires. Huge endorsement deals, match bonuses, business revenues and what not. Soccer attract more money than any other sport in the world and the players are well aware of this and they charge their clubs accordingly. Mega rich clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid throw huge sums of cash in the player’s way to get the services of top players.
The next question that pops in mind is that what do the players do with all that money? And the answer is they invest it other businesses like Cristiano Ronaldo has his own Underwear brand, Gregory Van Der Weil’s very popular “barl” brand make the players even more money. They have their money making money for them. All this money makes soccer players one of the richest athletes in the world. Ronaldo and Messi, in addition to their rivalry on field, compete on the list of the highest paid players also. They both make the list of highest paid athletes in the world coming in at 3 and 4 respectively.
Top 10 Richest Soccer Players, or Richest Football Players
The following list will throw light on the top 10 highest paid soccer players in the world.
10. Frank Lampard (worth : $87 million)
The all-time top scorer for Chelsea has scored well on this list as well. Currently playing for New York City F.C (The child club of Manchester City) puts a significant dent in the wealth of the owners by offering his services for so much money. After all it takes a lot of convincing and dollars to shift a player’s mind from the Premier League to the MLS.
9. Ronaldinho (worth: $90 million)
The magician Ronaldinho deserves to be on this list after all those years of pure entertainment. He mesmerized everyone with his skills and is loved by everyone. Currently offering his services to Fluminense in Brazil has made huge fortune for himself, after all he was the best player in his prime having secured the FIFA world player of the year award in 2004 and 2005.
8. Raul (worth $92 million)
The Spain and the Real Madrid legend is making a fortune in the US. He currently leads the strike at New York Cosmos same team that the legendary pele played for.
7. Samuel Eto’o (worth $95 million)
One of the most decorated African player deserves to be on this list. Playing in Turkey with Antalyaspor. He has scored over 100 goals in his spell with Barcelona. He has won the African Player of the year four times. He has signed huge contracts over his playing years. He racked up $25 million a year in his time in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala.
6.Ricardo KAKA (woth $105 million)
Kaka the only player who beat both Ronaldo and Messi to the world player of the year award in 2007 deserves to be on the list just for that. He is the highest paid soccer player in the US ever pocketing $7.2 million a year from Orlando City in the MLS.
5. Wayne “WAZZA” Rooney (worth $112 million)
The white pele, third on the list for the all-time leading goal scorers for Manchester United racks up about $300,000 in weakly wages making him come in the middle of the list. He plays for the most commercially successful club in the world which can easily meet his wage demands making him the highest earner in the Premier league.
4.Zlatan Ibrahimovic (worth $113 million)
He arrives like a king and leaves like a legend. A king indeed costing his employers huge sums of money for providing his bolting goals with a don’t care attitude. Zlatan is a free agent after his contract ended with PSG. Now he is looking for the next club who can meet his wage demands with Manchester United interested who can easily afford his demands. Let’s see what happens in the meantime DARE TO ZLATAN.
3. Neymar Jr (worth $146 million)
The golden boy of Brazil, the prodigy has finally become a man and is making some serious dough. At such a young he is managed to make the third spot on this list. His cost is justified by his amazing and electric skills. He is a true SAMBA BOY.
2. Lionel Messi (worth $218)
The only player to have won the Player of the year award four time has earned his position on this list. He is a joy to watch. Regarded by a lot as even better then the famous Maradonna. Currently plays for F.C Barcelona and captains the Argentinian Soccer team. Led his team to the world cup final in Brazil and but unfortunately could not win it. The face of adidas soccer makes huge amounts of money for other deals aswell.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (worth $230)
Perhaps the most hardworking and dedicated soccerer of them all is Cristiano Ronaldo. He became the world most expensive player when he signed for Real Madrid from Manchester United, a deal between the two powerhouses of money, for $90 million. He is the leading man for Nike soccer who pays him huge money for his services. He has won the player of the year three times.
Top 10 Richest Football Players in the World 2015
10. Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry is a French footballer, playing a role as striker. He used to play for several famous football club like Arsenal, and recently he is playing in French national football team and in the Major League Soccer franchise New York Red Bulls. Henry has a net worth of €57 million. In 2010, he decided to work with New York Red Bulls in the MLS. His yearly salary is €3.2 million. Besides, Henry also singed other contracts with Puma, EA Sports, Gillette, and Pepsi.
9. Gianluigi Buffon
As a goalkeeper for Italian national football team Juventus F.C, Buffon has net worth of £52 million. His receives yearly salary of £3.7 million from Juventus that he has to play for the team till 2017. Moreover, he also singed endorsement contract with Puma, and Fiat. The collection property of this goalkeeper includes his luxurious property at his homeland and other world-class supercars.
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays a role of striker for French national team Paris Saint-Germain F.C. Today, his net worth is accumulated equaling to £57 million. With a contract with Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 to 2016, he is paid £12.4 million for his yearly salary. In addition, he also works for other international company like Nike, Bonnier, and Volvo, which he signed contracts with a payment of €3.2 million. His collection of property includes an island on Lake Malaren, Volvo C30 TS, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Audi S8 Quattro, Ferrari Enzo, Mesarati Grand Tourismo, Porsche Carrera GT, and many more.
Ronaldinho Gaúcho was born on March 21, 1980. Today this Brazilian footballer is playing as a striking midfielder for Mexican club, Querétaro. This player was nominated to FIFA World Player of the year Award in 2004 and 2005. His net worth in £64 million, one the richest football players in the world. After he signed contract with Atlético Mineiro in 2013, he was paid £2.2 million for his annual salary. Besides, this talent midfielder also have other contracts with international companies.
6. Neymar Jr
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is also known as Neymar Jr. is another Brazilian footballer born on February 5, 1992. Today, Neymar is playing as a winger for FC Barcelona and a captain of Brazil football team. His net worth is about £66 million. In 2013, he signed a contract with Barcelona that pays him £7.2 million for his annual salary. In addition, Neymar has other contracts with Nike, Panasonic, Heliar, VW, Claro, Red Bull and Unilever. He has Porsche Panamera Turbo, Audi R8 and a few more.
5. Ricardo Kaka
This Brazilian footballer’ name is Ricardo Kaka known to everyone as Kara who is playing as a striking midfielder for Orlando City in Major League Soccer. At the age of 8, Kara already began his football passion, and just seven years later, he was approved to play for São Paulo FC. His net worth is £67.5 million. In 2013, he signed a contract with AC Milan and Real Madrid which pays him £4.7 million yearly salary. This man is also working in a modeling association that he earns $5.5 million per year more.
4. Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is a British footballer who was born on October 24, 1985. He is currently playing for Manchester United as a forward and sometimes midfielder. His net worth is £69 million. He has a contract with Manchester United until 2019 which pays him £300,000 for weekly salary. Moreover, this fast-running footballer has other endorsements contracts with Samsung and Harper Collins. This player is famous for his car loving passion. He owns many cars including Bentley Continental GTC, Bentley Continental GTC, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Aston Martin Vanquish, and Range Rover Overfinch.
3. Samuel Eto’o
Samuel Eto’o was born on March 10, 1981. Today, he is playing for Sampdoria as a striker and son the African Player of the Year Award four times. FIFA World Player of the Year Award ranked him number 3 in 2005. His net worth is £70 million. He also has endorsement contract with PUMA which pays him £16.5 million yearly salary. Moreover, Ford and fashion label John Richmond also have contracts with him. His total property includes Maybach Xenatec, Aston Martin One-77, Aston Martin V12 Zagato, Bugatti Veyron and more.
2. Lionel Messi
Messi was born on June 24, 1987, and is Argentine most famous footballer who is playing for FC Barcelona as a forward. Likewise, he is also the captain in Argentine national team. His net worth is £120.5 million. His contract with Barcelona was extended to 2019 with £15.7 million for his annual salary. Furthermore, Messi has many endorsement contracts with other international companies. For example, Adidas pays him £1.6 million every year. He plays around with cars like, Audi Q7, Audi R8, 2009 Maserati, Ferrari F430 Spider, Dodge Charger SRT8 and many more.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985. This Portuguese footballer is currently playing for Real Madrid C.F. and the captain for Portuguese national team. His net worth is £122 million. In 2013, she signed another contract with Real Madrid that pays him £14.3 million for his yearly salary. He also has other endorsement contracts with Nike in 2010; others include Armani, Castrol Edge, Jacob & Co, Herbalife, Banco Espirito Santo and KFC. His total property includes Bentley Continental GTC, Koenigsegg CCX, Lamborghini Aventador, and Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.
Are you a fan of any football club? If so, you might have known a lot of famous footballers around the world. Hope you enjoy this list of the richest football players in 2015, and enjoy finding out if your favorite players are in the list or not.
Top 10 Richest Soccer Players in 2014
The amount of money that most soccer players earn in a month is mind blowing considering the fact that an average person may never match the figures even if they were to accumulate their lifetime salaries. Multinational companies look for popular soccer players when it comes to product endorsements and this has become a major source of their earnings apart from the high salaries they get from their respective clubs. This article will look at the top 10 richest soccer players even though some people may argue that it is too early in the year to come up with an accurate list. The following are the top 10 richest soccer players according to annual estimates of what they are expected to earn:
10. Sergio Aguero
Sergio Kun Aguero is one of the most lethal strikers in the world and has always played a key role in the success of both the Argentina National Team and his current club Manchester City. Aguero still holds the record of the youngest ever player to make a debut in the Argentine top flight league when he was only 15 years of age. The Argentine forward has a hamstring injury that will rule out of action for several months but it is estimated that Aguero will earn more than 10 million pounds in 2014.
9. Samuel Eto’o
The Chelsea striker has been on the top 10 list of the richest soccer players in the world for the last five years and things are yet to change. Eto’o joined Chelsea this season and has also been a regular player in the Cameroon National Team for over a decade. He has played for big clubs in Europe in his illustrious career. It is estimated that the Cameroonian star will take home around 15 million pounds in 2014 with most of his earnings coming from Puma and Ford Sponsorships. The striker will continue to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in the next few years because his current contract is $28.8 per season.
8. Frank Lampard
The Chelsea veteran has been a regular figure in central midfield for Chelsea and the England National Team for the last fifteen years. His estimated earnings for 2014 is 17 million pounds with 80% of the amount coming from his salary and the rest from endorsements. Lampard is among the top earners at Chelsea Football Club with a salary of 11 million pounds per year. The veteran midfielder is currently Chelsea’s all time to scorer and a fans favorite. Lampard has always demonstrated his leadership skills and that is why he is the club’s vice captain.
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan is a PSG striker in the top flight French league and also plays for the Sweden National Team. The Swedish striker was named in the UEFA team of the year when he signed with Milan in 2006. He has also played for Barcelona and is one of the most skillful strikers in the world. It is estimated that the striker will earn close to 18 million pounds in 2014.
6. Wayne Rooney
Rooney is one of the richest players in England considering the fact that he recently signed a four and a half year contact and it is estimated that the English striker will be taking home over 300,000 per week. This is a very lucrative deal that puts him among the top 10 richest soccer players in 2014. The player also has lucrative sponsorship contracts with Electronic Arts and Nike that run into millions of pounds every year. His estimated 2014 income is 25 million pounds.
5. Thierry Henry
The former Arsenal and France National Team striker now plays for New York Red Bulls in the MLS league. He is expected to earn 26 million pounds in 2014 from his salary at the club and sponsorship from Gillette. Henry has been a prolific striker for both club and country since he made his professional debut in 1994.
The Brazilian playmaker is one of the most technically brilliant players in the world and is specifically famous for his trickery and dribbling skills. Ronaldinho won the FIFA player of the year in 2004 and 2005 and is still a professional player in the Brazilian top flight league. It is estimated that the Brazilian wizard will earn close to 28 million pounds in 2014 from his salary and endorsements. Ronaldinho will always be remembered in the world of football for his brilliant free kicks, overhead kicks, blind passes, tricks, dribbling and vision. His charm is what endears him to sponsors.
It is estimated that the Brazilian attacking midfielder will earn up to 29 million pounds in 2014 from his salary at AC Milan and endorsements deals. Kaka has a lucrative contract with Electronic Arts that makes him one to be among the top 10 richest soccer players in 2014. Kaka rejoined AC Milan this season from Real Madrid where his career his was plagued with injuries. Despite being out of action for prolonged periods of time, Kaka’s earnings were not affected in any way. Some football pundits argue that he is one of the most overpaid players in the world.
2. Lionel Messi
The diminutive argentine striker is one of the top earners in the world with his total earnings in 2014 estimated to be around 32 million pounds. Messi’s partners seem to agree that his skills are beyond comparison and that is why he has been the FIFA player of the year in the last five years. Messi is a product of the Barcelona Football Club academy and has played for the club since he made his professional debut. The Barcelona striker has endorsements from Lay’s, AirEurope and Konami that come with tidy sums every year. He is also among the top earners in La Liga and being the best player in the world for four consecutive years has always given him an advantage.
1. Christiano Ronaldo
There has always been a supremacy battle between the Portuguese forward and Messi with some pundits arguing that the player has always been underrated. Ronaldo has endorsements from major companies like Armani, Castrol, Nike and Coca-Cola. Ronaldo is the top earner in the world in terms of wages and it is estimated that the player will earn up to 38 million pounds in 2014. The fact that he won the 2013 FIFA player of the year helps his to be number one on the list when it comes to top 10 richest soccer players in 2014.