Top 75 Richest Football Players
In The World

By Abhinandan Lawati

It is not a surprise seeing football players earn as much they do. Making the cut in the big leagues is as difficult as winning the lottery. The modern heroes of the game make it easier for commoners like us to get by our difficult lives. Fittingly, they earn a fortune while doing so. We have compiled a list of some of the richest football players in the world. Take a look!

  • The Top 10 richest footballers have a combined net worth of $1.4 billion
  • The Top 10 players combined have won 12 World Player of the year awards.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo leads the scoring charts in the top 10 list with 375 goals.
  • 2 players in the Top 10 list have already retired from the game. 
  • The Top 10 players have 5 World Cup medals between them. 
  • Lionel Messi has won the Ballon D’or the most number of times. He has 4 Ballon D’Ors.
  • England and Brazil both have 3 players each in the Top 10 list.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s salary of $49 million per year makes him the highest paid footballer.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s $24 million earnings from endorsements make him the most marketable player in the list.
  • In the Top 10 list, Brazilian footballer, Ronaldo, has never won the Champions League. 

1. David Beckham Net Worth : $300 million

david beckham

David Beckham has a net worth of $300 million and continues to rake in millions even after retirement. His football career has seen him win several trophies with several clubs namely Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSG, and LA Galaxy. During his heyday, the man was renowned for his banana free-kicks. 

2. Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth : $250 million

cristiano ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has a net worth of $250 million and is one of the most marketable athletes in the world. The man is the first Portuguese to win 2 Ballon D’ors. His endorsement portfolio includes Coca Cola, Castrol, Motorola, Herbalife, KFC, and Fly Emirates etc.

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3. Lionel Messi Net Worth : $180 million

lionel messi

Maradona’s successor, Lionel Messi, has a net worth of $180 million. The man won an unprecedented 4th Ballon D’Or in 2012. At the age of 25, he became the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals. He is backed by several lucrative sponsorship deals. Companies like Adidas, PepsiCo, AirEuropa, and Dolce & Gabbana pay him big bucks for his services.  

4. Ronaldo Net Worth : $150 million

ronaldo

Ronaldo could hardly put a foot wrong in the game.  Opposition goalkeepers would mostly pick the ball from the net when an opportunity came by Ronaldo. The retired footballer has a net worth of $150 million and has played for some of the biggest football clubs in the world. He played for Inter Milan, AC Milan, Real Madrid, and Barcelona etc.

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5. Wayne Rooney Net Worth : $125 million

wayne rooney

Wayne Rooney is one of the highest paid footballers in the Premier League. He has a fortune worth $125 million. The versatile player plays for Manchester United and has been there since summer 2004, when United splashed $44 million to purchase the burgeoning youngster from Everton. He has scored around 216 goals for his current club. 

6. Kaka Net Worth : $100 million

kaka

Kaka possesses a net worth of $100 million and is considered a gem of a talent. In his prime, the midfielder could skillfully go past defenders and release defense splitting passes. His exploits on the pitch has earned him a FIFA World Player of the Year award. The man has donned the jerseys of Real Madrid, Sao Paolo and AC Milan. 

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7. Ronaldinho Net Worth : $90 million

ronaldinho

Ronaldinho has a net worth of $90 million. He is one of the most talented footballers of recent time. He is in the twilight of his career right now but during his heyday, the man regularly took the world by storm. The 2 time FIFA World Player of the Year has had major lucrative endorsement deals with Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nike, and Gatorade. 

8. Andres Iniesta Net Worth : $86 million

andres iniesta

Andres Iniesta plays club football for FC Barcelona. The diminutive player has a net worth of $86 million and is heavily regarded as the best playmaker in the world. He has achieved massive success with both club and country. The man has won 6 La Ligas, 3 Champions League medals, a World Cup and 2 UEFA European Football Championships.

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9. Arjen Robben Net Worth : $80 million

arjen robben

Our pulse starts racing faster the moment we see the ball at  magical feet. He possesses a net worth of $80 million. His stellar career has seen him donning the jerseys of Chelsea FC, Real Madrid, PSV, and Bayern Munich. He has won 4 different league titles. 

10. Rio Ferdinand Net Worth : $75 million

rio ferdinand

Manchester United definitely has a habit of producing rich British footballers. Boasting a net worth of around $75 million, Rio Ferdinand comes next on our list. Owing to his 2.5 million followers in Twitter, the defender is deemed to be pretty marketable. He also has a record label labeled White Chalk Music. The footballer has also made sound investments in Scion Films and Leaseback Sixth Llp and Rosso restaurant. 

Here is the complete list of the richest football players in the world: 

  1. David Beckham Net Worth : $300 million
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth : $250 million
  3. Lionel Messi Net Worth : $180 million
  4. Ronaldo Net Worth : $150 million
  5. Wayne Rooney Net Worth : $125 million
  6. Kaka Net Worth : $100 million
  7. Ronaldinho Net Worth : $90 million
  8. Andres Iniesta Net Worth : $86 million
  9. Arjen Robben Net Worth : $80 million
  10. Rio Ferdinand Net Worth : $75 million
  11. Rivaldo Net Worth : $74 million
  12. Zinedine Zidane Net Worth : $70 million
  13. Radamel Falcao Net Worth : $60 million
  14. Michael Owen Net Worth : $68 million
  15. Samuel Eto Net Worth : $64 million
  16. Sergio Ramos Net Worth : $60 million
  17. Thierry Henry Net Worth : $60 million
  18. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth : $60 million
  19. Didier Drogba Net Worth : $60 million
  20. David Villa Net Worth : $50 million
  21. Pele Net Worth : $55 million
  22. Alan Shearer Net Worth : $53 million
  23. Raul Gonzalez Net Worth : $52 million
  24. Steven Gerrard Net Worth : $52 million
  25. Frank Lampard Net Worth : $52 million
  26. Sol Campbell Net Worth : $51 million
  27. Ryan Giggs Net Worth : $50 million
  28. Franck Ribery Net Worth : $50 million
  29. Sergio Aguero Net Worth : $50 million
  30. Neymar Net Worth : $50 million
  31. Bastian Schweinsteiger Net Worth : $50 million
  32. Mesut Ozil Net Worth : $50 million
  33. Robbie Fowler Net Worth : $46.5 million
  34. Andriy Shevchenko Net Worth : $45 million
  35. Robinho Net Worth : $45 million
  36. Juan Mata Net Worth : $45 million
  37. Eden Hazard Net Worth : $45 million
  38. Thiago Silva Net Worth : $45 million
  39. Luis Figo Net Worth : $45 million
  40. Dani Alves Net Worth : $45 million
  41. Vincent Kompany Net Worth : $45 million
  42. Roy Keane Net Worth : $44 million
  43. Francesco Totti Net Worth : $43 million
  44. Roberto Carlos Net Worth : $40 million
  45. Fernando Torres Net Worth : $40 million
  46. Xavi Hernandez Net Worth : $40 million
  47. Gareth Bale Net Worth : $40 million
  48. Luis Suarez Net Worth : $40 million
  49. Karim Benzema Net Worth : $40 million
  50. John Terry Net Worth : $39 million
  51. Wesley Sneijder Net Worth : $38 million
  52. Mario Balotelli Net Worth : $35 million
  53. David Silva Net Worth : $33 million
  54. Patrick Viera Net Worth : $33 million
  55. Robin Van Persie Net Worth : $32 million
  56. Andrea Pirlo Net Worth : $30 million
  57. Park Ji Sung Net Worth : $30 million
  58. Clarence Seedorf Net Worth : $30 million
  59. Hidetoshi Nakata Net Worth : $28 million
  60. Paul Scholes Net Worth : $27 million
  61. David Trezeguet Net Worth : $27 million
  62. Petr Cech Net Worth : $27 million
  63. Sami Khedira Net Worth : $26 million
  64. Danielle De Rossi Net Worth : $25 million
  65. Michael Ballack Net Worth : $25 million
  66. Alessandro Del Piero Net Worth : $25 million
  67. Miroslav Klose Net Worth : $25 million
  68. Nicolas Anelka Net Worth : $23 million
  69. Ashley Cole Net Worth : $23 million
  70. Michael Essien Net Worth : $23 million
  71. Robbie Keane Net Worth : $22 million
  72. Samir Nasri Net Worth : $22 million
  73. Iker Casillas Net Worth : $20 million
  74. Dimitar Berbatov Net Worth : $20 million
  75. Gianluigi Buffon Net Worth : $20 million

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