Who Are The Top 15 Richest Football Players ?

Who Are The Top 15 Richest Football Players ?

Updated on September 03, 2022 22:21 PM by Ava Sara

Football is the most loved and popular game in the world. The game has its fans worldwide, even in the countries it is not played in. More than 200 countries on the world map play football.

The game's craze is increasing continuously. So, the players earn a fat amount playing football. Footballers have made enormous wealth on and off the field as well. Let us look at the top 15 richest and legendary football players and how much fortune they have made professionally and personally so far.

Eden Hazard - $100 million

The Real Madrid winger is best known for the spell he showed with Chelsea, which made him win the PFA and 15/16's Premier League Player of the Season award.

He has also won this league in France, England, and Spain. The player is also Belgium's captain, for whom he has shown more than 100 times since making his debut in the year 2008.

Hazard has not yet hit Bernabeu's height, but his net worth has hit a mark of $100 million – credit goes to a big contract and endorsements.

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Kylian Mbappe - $110 million

Mbappe's recent three-year extension hasn't started yet, so he will likely be seen in the top ten soon. However, he was pretty good in the 2021/22 season.

The player's fat net worth results from deals with some of the most popular brands like Hublot, EA Sports, and Nike, but he expects it to increase as he now has much more power over his image rights.

Andres Iniesta - $120 million

A Barcelona and Spain master, he has won everything there is to win in the game for the country and the club. This includes a short of four years in which Spain is the winner of the World Cup and also two European Championships.

Iniesta played in Japan for Vissel Kobe, where he received an annual salary of $30 million, making him one of the highest-earning footballers in the world.

Gareth Bale - $145 million

A superstar before Bale became a Galactic at Real Madrid, he may not surely get games at Bernabeu, but he surely gets a yearly salary of approximately $30 million.

The player's huge wealth means he could shift to his first golf when he retires.

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Wayne Rooney - $145 million

Rooney is still a major scorer for England and also for Manchester United, with 51goals for England and 253 for Manchester United. The Derby County manager is said to have a $145 million net worth.

His enormous wealth is because of contracts, including an attractive spell in MLS, image rights, and endorsements. 

The footballer has shown almost no interest in reinvesting his wealth in the cash-strapped Championship club, although he has earlier deferred his salary so that the players could be paid.

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Alexander Pato - $145 million

Our top 10 list kicks off with the former Brazilian wonderkid. However, he couldn't live up to fans' expectations with his international debut in 2006.

 While Pato is just in his early 30s, he has seen Italian giants in his career – AC Milan, Corinthians, Sao Paulo [loan], Chelsea [loan], Chinese club Tianjin, Villareal, back to Sao Paulo, and right now to MLS with Orlando City.

Most of Pato's net worth is because of savvy investments, big property holdings, and money-spinning endorsement deals with the brand  CoverGirl cosmetics.

The 32-year-old player has a chain of burger restaurants in the city of Brasilia, a fashion line, and a vodka brand.

Ronaldo - $160 million

Ronaldo is the best finisher the football fans have ever seen. The player scored 295 goals in his club career, including Inter and AC Milan and Spanish giants like Barcelona and Real Madrid.

He has hit 62 goals for Brazil and was also a part of the World Cup-winning team.

The player has a majority shares in Real Valladolid and owns a Brazilian side Cruzeiro as well.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

It is entering the 500-goal club with a career that includes Manchester United, PSG, LA Galaxy, and Barcelona and has won over 30 trophies.

Even after being 40, Zlatan still performs at the top level for AC Milan in Serie A.

Enormous salaries, a popular and successful autobiography, and evergreen endorsements have contributed to his huge net worth.

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Neymar - $200 million

Neymar's net worth is hard to predict. A worldwide legend, the PSG winger has won almost everything to win at the club level, except the Champions League.

Instantly recognized throughout the world, he made the world's highest-paid player while going to Paris. This includes endorsements, giant sportswear deals with Puma and Nike, and also two movie appearances.

Dave Whelan - $220 million

We all have the same question: How is Whelan's better ranking than Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic on this list?

A leg break during the FA Cup helped him shift to his retail business, and he earlier had a market stall before he was 30.

Whelan bought Wigan Athletic in 1995; he made them rise from Division Three to Premier League and became 2013 FA Cup.

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David Beckham - $400 million

Beckham, a world-famous superstar and also the Inter Miami co-owner, joined the Manchester United academy along with the Class of 92. He was a well-known Galactico at the Red Madrid and played for LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and AC Milan.

The player tied the knot with Posh Spice, which helped him become a fashion icon and is still in demand even after retirement.

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Lionel Messi - $400 million

Messi had lit the game of football since he made his professional debut in 2004 and hit almost 1000 goals for Barcelona before he moved to PSG in the 2021 summer.

A dazzling dribbler, he is regarded as the greatest player ever.

Christiano Ronaldo - $450 billion

Christiano is a brand first and a soccer player later; CR7 is still the same even after becoming a billionaire. 

As he has 415 million Instagram followers, he can attract large sums for his endorsements. Still in big demand on the pitch, too, he seems to have the last payday before he says goodbye to the field.

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Mathieu Flamini - $14 billion

The unheralded ex-Arsenal player has done quite well after his football career as he co-founded GF Biochemicals. It is the first company all over the world that was able to produce levulinic acid on a mass scale.

Levulinic acid is a molecule made out of plant waste which can be an alternative to petrol. The player with a reported wealth of more than $10 billion, Flamini is worth more than the former club he used to belong to.

Faiq Bolkiah - $20 billion

Faiq plays for the Thai club Chonburi. He was born in the United States but grew up in England.

He was Brunei's national team captain and played for Maritime in Portugal.

The player's wealth is credited to his family connection as he is the son of Jefri Bolkiah, the prince of Brunei.                             

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