In our 21st century world, football has become one of the most lucrative sport. Nowadays football players are well paid, also they go home with lots of cash from record-breaking transfers.
In this article, we bring to you the highest earning and richest footballers with their annual income.
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Generally, incomes generated from these footballers come from their weekly payments where some earn as high as €500,000. Others come from different multi-million endorsements, match bonuses and sign on fees.
These footballers are professionals playing top-flight football, especially in Europe in clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Paris St Germain. Currently, the highest paid footballer is Neymar Jnr who plays for Paris St Germain.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo CR7
The richest football player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo who plays for the Juventus Football Club in the Italian league. He plays for the Portuguese national team and wears the number 7 jersey.
He is currently 34 years old. In 2009, he moved to Real Madrid from Manchester United for the then record fee of €94 million. In 2018, he moved to Juventus football team. Currently, he makes money from many endorsements deals with the likes of Nike, Adidas and many more.
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Cristiano Ronaldo js one of the most decorated football players and one of the greatest of all times GOAT. He breaks records in the top flight football and scores goals for fun.
He is only one of a few to score 50 goals regularly a season for many seasons. He has won the football best player award many times as a player and has many titles to his name. He is currently estimated at $230 million.
2. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi the little magician who shocked the football world with his goals, dribbles. No one will ever forget his headed goal against Manchester United.
Lionel Messi who plays for Barcelona wears the number 10 jersey for his club and country. He is also captain for his club and country.
Coupled with Ronaldo, they are the greatest of all times. He is the highest goal scorer in the Spanish La Liga.
He first played at the Newell’s Old Boys before he was signed by Barcelona as a teenager and enrolled into the famous Barcelona academy called La Masia. He holds a record 5 FIFA world best and Ballon d’Or award and have won lots of domestic titles, the champions league and many more. He has a net worth of $218 million.
3. Neymar Jr
Neymar is a very talented Brazilian footballer who plays for Paris St Germain and the Brazilian national team. He currently wears the No 10 jersey.
Neymar according to many is the next big superstar to follow after the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Having moved to Barcelona from Santos FC in 2013, he earned around $33.6 million.
He formed a deadly trident with Messi and Suarez, popularly called MSN. These fearsome attacking the trio became the deadliest attacking trio in the world at that time, they plunged in a huge number of goal for their club.
However, in a bid to get out from the Messi shadow, Neymar secured a move to Paris St Germain in a world record fee, where he earns at least $70 million annually. He has an estimated net worth of $148 million.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish star who calls himself a god. He has played for various top-flight football clubs across Europe. They are the likes of AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, PSG, Manchester United.
He currently plays for LA Galaxy. He has retired from the Swedish national team. All through his football career, he has scored lots of world-class goals.
Having scored a hat-trick, he flew the ball on a private jet alone to his country home. He is estimated at a net worth of $114 million.
5. Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is the most successful English footballer. He moved to Manchester United from Everton football club at a very young age and was a teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was the captain of Manchester United and the England national team. He currently plays for D.C United in the United States of America. He has won 5 premier leagues, the champions league medal. He is estimated at $112 million.
Kaka is a former Brazilian national team player who is well celebrated. He was once the world best football player in his days.
Kaka has played for the likes of AC Milan Real Madrid. Currently, he plies his trade in the MLS league in the United States. He currently plays for Orlando City football club and is one of the highest earners in the MLS league. He has an estimated net worth of $105 million.
7. Samuel Eto’o
Samuel Eto’o is the wealthiest footballer in the African continent. He currently plays for Antalyaspor in the Turkish league. He won lots of trophies and Awards all through his professional career.
He has played for clubs like Barcelona Chelsea and Inter Milan. He is the highest goal scorer of the Cameroon national team with 56 goals in 118 caps. Currently, he has a net worth of $95 million.
8. Raul Gonzalez
Raul is a well known and celebrated Spanish legend and superstar whose playing days at Real Madrid and the Spanish national team would never be forgotten. Also, he has played for the likes of Schalke 04, AL Sadd and currently New York Cosmos.
Be scored a then-record of 323 goals for Real Madrid. Although he is retired, HD has made lots of money from endorsements. He is estimated at a net worth of $93 million.
Although he has since retired from active football, his fame is still heard. He is the world best footballer during his time and many still regard him as the greatest of all time.
He makes money from lots of endorsements. He played for the likes of AC Milan, Barcelona. Also, he is a two time FIFA world footballer of the year in 2004 and 2006. He has a Ballon d’Or in 2005. He is estimated at a net worth of 90.5 million.
10. Frank Lampard
He is a Chelsea legend and their highest goalscorer. He has played for the likes of West Ham, Chelsea, Man city and New York FC.
He was the highest scoring midfielder for tears and scores approximately 20 goals. Currently, he is the manager of Derby County football club. He has a network of $87 million.