Football is known to be a high earning game. Most football stars make a lot when it comes to trading their talents in the game of soccer. One fascinating fact about the richest footballers in the world is that it does not necessarily mean the highest-earning footballer is the richest footballer in the world. Take a look at the top 10 richest footballers and their net worth.
The Richest Footballer in the World
Faiq Bolkiah -$20 Billion
While many know Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi and the highest-earning footballers in the world, only a few know of 21-year-old Faiq Jefri Bolkiah as the richest footballer in the world.
Faiq Jefri Bolkiah is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the reserve side of Premier League club Leicester City and the captain of the Brunei national team.
His wealth is directly linked to his association with the Prince of Brunei.
Faiq is the son of Jefri Bolkiah, Prince of Brunei, and nephew of Hassanal Bolkiah, the current Sultan of Brunei.
Top 10 Richest Footballers in the world
Cristiano Ronaldo -$ 1 Billion
Christiano Ronaldo net worth as of 2020 is now $1 billion. He earned $105 million before taxes and fees in the past year, landing him at No. 4 on the 2020 Forbes Celebrity 100.
CR7 is known to be a very successful businessman aside from his earnings from soccer. He owns a hotel chain. He also has a lot of endorsement deals with companies, It includes a lifetime contract with Nike Inc.
3rd Richest Footballer in the World
Lionel Messi -$400 million
Messi earned $104 million before tax in 2019 making him the fifth highest-earning celebrity in the world and the 3rd richest footballer in the world.
His current Barcelona contract is through 2020-21 and pays him over $80 million annually. He also has a lifelong deal with Adidas.
Among his properties is a customized private jet with the inscription of the names of members of his family.
Zlatan Ibrahimović -$190 million
Zlatan Ibrahimović currently plays for Serie A side AC Milan in a contract that will see him earn €3.5m in six months.
The Swedish had a successful career with top leagues including; AC Milan, Barcelona, Manchester United, PSG, Juventus among others. He has also had endorsement deals with Adidas and Nike
5th Richest Footballer in the world
Neymar Jr. -$185 million
Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar Jr was named the seventh highest-earning celebrity in the world. He made $95.5 million before tax in 2019.
Neymar is on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain through June 2022 worth $350 million in salary.
Nike’s Jordan Brand signed Neymar as its first soccer ambassador in 2016. In March 2020 its film unit released a movie about his life.
Wayne Rooney -$160 million
Rooney has been among the top 10 highest-earning soccer players every year for 11 years running.
Wayne Rooney was reportedly earning £2.6million ($3.5m) per year at DC United.
He has endorsement deals with brands such as Samsung, Coca Cola, EA Sports and Nike
7th Richest Footballer in the World
Gareth Bale -$ 130 million
Bale signed a contract extension with Real in 2016 worth £150million
He is said to earn £600,000 a week before tax, with the deal running until 2022.
Bale’s endorsements earned him an estimated £10 million per year. His endorsement includes; Adidas, EA Sports, Lucozade, BT Sport, Nissan Motor, Konami and Foot Locker.
Andres Iniesta-$125 million
Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Japanese club Vissel Kobe, Iniesta is the 8th richest footballer in the world.
He takes weekly wages of $576,923.08
Eden Hazard -$ 100 million
Hazard salary is around $15.4 million a year.
He has endorsement deals with Topps, Nike Electronic Arts
10th Richest Footballer in the World
Paul Pogba -$85 million
After four years with Juventus, Pogba returned to Manchester United in 2016 for a then-record $120 million transfer fee.
Pogba’s 5-year contract with United pays more than $20 million a year.
The French midfielder actively promotes charities to end racism and clean oceans. His own foundation is focused on clean drinking water in Africa.