Although football is a favorite love in only certain parts of the world, the footballers for many teams are fan favorites as well. Some of the footballers are the highest paid in the league and their skills as well as their professionalism makes them a commodity to their team as well as their country. These footballers has shown that hard work and great work ethic goes a long way if they are willing to get on the field and work hard to keep the pride of their country going strong. Below is a list of the top ten richest footballers in the world who has been on top financially in their league.
Top 10 Richest Footballers in the World 2018
10. Andres Iniesta
Number ten on the list of being The Richest Footballer in the World is Andres Iniesta. His hard work and love of the game has shown in midfield while playing with Barcelona. Iniesta is not only the top ten greatest footballers in the world, he is truly one of the top ten richest in the world as well. Iniesta is so popular that he draws in around $218 thousand a week and his investments has also helped his net worth rise. With his commercial endorsements from Nike, Sony, Nissan, and the beer Estrella Damm, he has not missed a beat with being smart with his money. He has even invested in a couple of real estate properties. This intelligent footballer’s net worth is $90 million.
9. Ezequiel Lavezzi
Ezekiel Lavezzi, a former PSG and Napoli footballer, stands at number nine for being the Richest Footballer in the World in 2017. Lavezzi’s high salary of about $530 thousand a week as well as his endorsements and business deals helps him with his high net worth also. This Argentine was trying to leave the Chinese Super League with more handsome amount of money, but he did not get what he wanted. Even though the deal fell through with the Chinese Super League, France Football estimates his net worth at $96 million.
8. Wayne Rooney
The eighth Richest Footballer in the World, is Wayne Rooney, a United Kingdom Native, who is also the 10th highest paid footballer in the world. Even though his popularity has been on a slow decline, he has still manages to bring in $20.6 million a year. Although his popularity may be on a slow downfall, his investments, business ventures, and commercial endorsements has placed in the place of being one of the richest footballers in the world. His business deals with Nike, Harper Collins, Coca-Cola, and EA Sports along with some investments at a hotel in New Castle and other real estate property has generously brought his net worth up. Wayne Rooney’s net worth is $128 million.
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Having played for all almost all of the top clubs in Europe, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is number seven on the list of being The Richest Footballer in the World. This Swedish player has won title leagues with almost all of the clubs he has played on, except for his current club, Manchester United. Ibrahimovic has represented, Ajax, Inter Milan, AC Milan, and PSG. In 2003, Zlatan’s name was trademarked, which means that he received exclusive right to sporting goods and clothing and anything else his name was trademarked on. Along with his trademarked sporting goods and clothing, he recently signed a contract for a business deal with Nike. Along with all of his business ventures he has with these well known companies, he also has his own sportswear and he is an ambassador for Volvo. Zlatan’s net worth is $160 million.
6. Gareth Bale
One of the richest footballers in the world, and a footballer for Real Madrid, is Gareth Bale. He comes in at number six on the list as The Richest Footballer in the World. This popular footballer recently signed a deal for $23.8 million a season. His endorsements with Adidas, Nissan, Foot Locker, EA Sports, and Lucozade as well as many others. Being the face of Adidas, Bale $26.5 million in endorsements alone with this company. Although he has not had invested into any major business or other business ventures, he does own his own business, PrimeSure Limited, where he is the 60% stakeholder. Gareth Bale’s net worth is $165 million.
Number five on the list of being the Richest Footballers in the World, is Neymar. This well known footballer is so popular that he is third on the list having the most followers on social media behind Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo. This footballer makes around $364 thousand a week by playing for Barcelona. Neymar also earns more from his endorsements than he does from his salary playing football. He earns 61% of his earnings from endorsements and some of his sponsorship deals include Nike, Gillette, Panasonic, and Red Bull among others. Neymar is also a partner in a company with his mother, called, NN Consortium. Neymar’s net worth is $190 million and is only set to grow even more in the coming years.
4. Dave Whelan
Dave Whelan a former footballer, comes in the list of being the Richest Footballer in the World at number four. Whelan used to play for Blackburn Rovers and Crew Alexandra. However, he is more known for his skills in business, than on the field playing football. He is the former owner of DW Stadium. Dave Whelan got into marketing after he opened Whelan stores, which was later taken over and afterwards he took over JJB Sports, renaming it to DW Sports. He is the only footballer to have owned a club that has played in the Premier League. Dave Whelan’s net worth is $210 million.
3. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi, a very popular and much loved footballer, comes in at number three on the list of being the Richest Footballer in the World.He is the only footballer to ever win Ballon d’Or five times. Currently, Lionel Messi is the second most valuable player in the world. With Messi’s market value being $158.9 million, he earns around $437 thousand a week in salary. With his sponsors, he earns for than $20 million a year. Some of his sponsors include Adidas, PepsiCo, Gillette, and Turkish Airlines. Recently, Adidas released a limited edition commemorative Messi shoe after he broke Barcelona’s all time scoring record and it sold out in an hour in the U.S.The net worth of this popular footballer is $295 million.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo, the highest paid sportsman in the world, comes in at number two of being the Richest Footballer in the World. He also earns about $53 million a year in bonuses and has earned a $40 million sponsorship deal from Nike, based on his performance. Cristiano Ronaldo is known as the world’s most popular athlete, with 43.8 million Facebook and Twitter followers. He even has his own underwear line, called CR7. His net worth has risen in over $80 million in over a year. With this rise in his net worth, it comes from two hotels named Pestana CR7 in his home country in Portugal. He has also invested in a chain of gyms with the company Crunch, in which the first gym will open in Madrid. With all of his business ventures keeping him busy as well as his career in football, Ronaldo’s net worth is $400 million.
1. David Beckham
David Beckham, the very well known and extremely successful is the Richest Footballer in the World. He has played for some of the most prestigious clubs in the football industry, such as, Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and PSG. He also has endorsements with Adidas, H&M, and Armani among many others. In 2014, MLS announced that Beckham had exercised the option to buy and expansion team for $25 million, and his Miami team now is looking for a stadium so they can start playing by next season. David Beckham’s net worth is $450 million.
Although these players are hard at work being football players for their clubs, many of them seem to have invested their money smartly in businesses or real estate that will pay in the future for them. The endorsements that have been invested in these men, have been well worth it. Not only are they the face of these corporations, but also the pride of their countries. The success and their net worth will only continue to grow as the years go on.