Richest Footballers in the World ~ The Top 10 Right Now


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In this write up, i will discussed the current first ten wealthiest stars in the world of football. You should check them out.

The world has witnessed so many millionaires and billionaires in different fields, including soccer.

From renown soccer players like Ronaldinho to Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham, Thierry Henry and so many others.

With many stars coming up on a daily basis, this list keep witnessing new names even though some has consistently remained at the top of it.

None of the wealthiest Nigeria’s football players make it to this list but not because they are not rich.

Selected from the top football leagues around the world, here are the top 10 wealthiest soccer players as of this moment.

Richest Footballers in the World 2020?

  • Cristiano Ronaldo ($466m)
  • David Beckham ($450M)
  • Lionel Messi ($400M)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($190M)
  • Neymar Jr. ($185M)
  • Wayne Rooney ($160M)
  • Gareth Bale ($125M)
  • Andres Iniesta ($120M)
  • Eden Hazard ($100M)
  • Paul Pogba ($85M)

1.) Cristiano Ronaldo ($466m)

A few weeks ago, the top rated football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, made headlines by becoming the first billionaire soccer player in history.

Born Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro on February 5, 1989, CR7 as he is also called, is a footballer that needs no introduction.

The highly talented player has successfully carved out a niche for himself in the world of football.

With 5 Ballon d’or to his name alongside so many trophies, it is not a surprise that Ronaldo is one of the highest paid footballer stars in the world. At 35, the player is not showing any signs of aging on the pitch yet.

Apart from his huge salary from Juventus FC, Ronaldo also has so many endorsement deals with top companies around the world.

He also makes a lot of money from his social media accounts as he is the most followed personality on both Facebook and Instagram.

Recently, he became the only soccer player and the third sportsman in history, to earn a total of $1 billion in their career, according to Forbes.

Based on the information from various reliable sources, Cristiano Ronaldo is estimated to be worth about 466m US dollars. When converted to Nigerian naira, that is about N180,415,037,440.00.

This net worth puts him at the top of the list of the wealthiest football stars on the planet.

2.) David Beckham ($450M)

In 2004, David Beckham was named the world’s highest paid soccer player alive by reputable finance magazines like Forbes.

Though retired, David Beckham still earns quite a lot of money from the numerous endorsement deals and business investments he made during active days in football.

The English player is a serious force to reckon with in the world of sports. You can never have a list of the greatest soccer players of all time without a mention of his name.

As of 2020, David Beckham is estimated to be worth around $450M, making the 2nd richest footballer in the world as of this moment.

3.) Lionel Messi ($400M)

A top rival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi is one of the footballers that are highly regarded as the GOAT, an acronym for “Greatest Of All Times.”

Like Ronaldo, Messi has won so many individual and team honours. From 6 Ballon d’or to numerous La Liga titles, world championships and so much more.

While Messi has so many things to boast of, his insistence on staying put at Barcelona and his inability to lead his home country to any senior football glory, has made many jump him to select his top rival (Ronaldo) as the “greatest of all times.”

Estimated to be worth about $400M in 2020, Lionel Messi is the world’s third wealthiest footballer at the moment. He is also among the most followed sports personalities on all social media platforms.

4.) Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($190M)

Widely regarded as one of the most prolific strikers in the world, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a player that has greatly proven his worth wherever he found himself- England, Italy and so on.

The striker is one of the top footballers with the most endorsement deals. Companies like Nike, Vitamin Well, Nivea and so on has him as one of their brand ambassadors.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic receives a good amount of pay from his current club to remain top of this list.

5.) Neymar Jr. ($185M)

Brazilian star-player, Neymar Jr is one of the world’s richest footballers. The incredibly talented PSG wonderman ranks has lots of endorsement deals to his name.

The player has achieved so many feats, including being named the third world best player after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

He is so gifted that when he is on the field, you can’t help but fall in love with football over and over.

Apart from the huge income he gets from his numerous endorsement deals, Neymar Jr. receives quite a lot of money per week in his current club, PSG.

Working side by side with Kylian Mbappe and Edison Cavani, he has been able to take the club to greater heights.

He is presently estimated to be worth about $185M.

6.) Wayne Rooney ($160M)

Manchester United Wayne Rooney is still one of the richest footballers in 2020.

After playing in the English Premier League for many years and bagging many goals, he moved to Major League Soccer where he continued to print his name in the sands of time.

He is currently back in England and working as a player-coach at Derby County where he plays as a striker.

As of 2020, Wayne Rooney is said to be worth around $160M, thanks to endorsement deals from companies like Nike and so on. He also receives a good pay of about $70,000 per week at his current club.

7.) Gareth Bale ($125M)

Gareth Bale, Real Madrid’s forward, is one of the top wealthiest footballers in the world. Though there has been rumours of a potential exit from the club as a result of issues between the player and the coach Zidane.

Bale currently has endorsement deals with the likes of Nissan, Lucozade etc. He is also said to be receiving a large amount of money per week at Real Madrid.

In the recent time, the striker has been linked with moves to Chinese League and other top leagues around the world.

Currently he is estimated to be worth about $125M.

8.) Andres Iniesta ($120M)

FC Barcelona’s legend, Andres Iniesta is a name you cannot ignore when you are mentioning the top richest footballers around the globe.

Having won nearly every major trophy there is to win in the leagues he has featured, he moved to Japan where he currently receives over $575,000 per week.

Iniesta has quite a lot of endorsement deals to his name, including the one from Addics, a Japanese footwear maker. He also owns a few business establishments that fetches him money on a daily basis.

9.) Eden Hazard ($100M)

Before moving to Real Madrid, Eden Hazard already made a good name and money for himself at Chelsea. The striker was also very prolific for his country during the past world cup.

With a net worth of about $100M, Eden Hazard is currently one of the top wealthiest football players in 2020.

10.) Paul Pogba ($85M)

Paul Pogba, estimated to be worth around $85M, is among the world’s most influential footballers. A player with incredible skills and experience, he has proven himself over and over, especially in the 2018 World Cup where he led his country France to glory.

Pogba may not currently be at his best in terms of performance in his current club, Manchester United, but he is still one of the most important players the club has at the moment.

Final Note

While this list reveals the richest footballers in the world, it worth mentioning that there are still some names that could have been easily added here. For instance Faiq Bolkiah, whom is estimated to be worth over $20B.

However, the singular reason his name is not mentioned here is because over 95 percent of that wealth does not actually have anything to do with football. It’s actually as a result of his family’s asset.

Those mentioned here are mainly those whose wealth or at least 80 percent of it came directly or indirectly from the sport.


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