Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

Soccer is a very exciting game all over the world and hence it is popular. The game is played in more than 200 countries and more than 250 million people enjoy playing this game. Soccer is one of the most enjoyable sports in the world. So, there is no doubt that many soccer players can earn a huge amount of money from the sport. And to stay at the top of the ladder in terms of earning, they work hard and show their football skills to the world.

Soccer players get paid significantly compared to other sports all over the world. They also can earn more from brand endorsement deals that come as a bonus.

Amongst them, we’ve chosen the top 30 soccer players who are considered to be the reigning richest players, and today, we will talk about some of them. The list is as follows:

1. Faiq Bolkiah

Net Worth: $20 Billion

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

The richest soccer player in the world is none other than the son of the Prince of Brunei, Jefri Bolkiah, and nephew of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, Faig Bolkiah.

He earns $1,000 per week and he plays for the Leicester City club. He plays in the position of midfielder or winger and he is now waiting to make his first-team appearance at the King Power Stadium. He is still on rather modest wages. He serves as the captain of Brunei and his net worth of $20 billion makes him the richest soccer player on the planet with the biggest fortune.

2. David Beckham

Net Worth: $450 Million

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

The retired professional soccer player, David Beckham is known to be the first English soccer player who became a league titleholder in four different countries. In 2004, he was named the highest-paid soccer player.

Making her debut at the age of 17, he played for Manchester United and from 1992-2003. He became a household name in a match against Wimbledon when he scored a goal from 60 years out and that went over the goalkeeper’s head and dropped into the net. He played his final season for Paris Saint-Germain in 2013 and also played for the England team in 1992-93, 1994-96, and 1996-2009. In 2019, Beckham spent $50 million to buy a team investor, Simon Fuller through his investment vehicle Beckham Brand Holdings.

3. Lionel Messi

Net Worth: $400 Million

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

The famous Argentine soccer player, Lionel Messi is next on the list and there is no doubt that one of the best players who played the sport, Messi’s astronomical wages match his club achievements with Barcelona.

He has the big deals with mega-brand like Pepsi, and Adidas that ensure him to take a more than respectable wages home. He was featured on the covers of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 video games. He is the founder of the charitable fund, Leo Messi Foundation that helps the underprivileged children in education and health care. He also does fundraising activities like global football matches for several charities and in 2020, he has donated $1 million to help the spread of the coronavirus.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo

Net Worth: $360 Million

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

The former Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Sporting Lisbon soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid player in Italy’s Serie A and that also made him the second-highest-paid soccer player in the world.

He has won the Ballon d’Or three times that made him one of the greatest soccer players of all time. He also earns from his lucrative CR7 brand and he has a $1 Billion lifetime contract with Nike. Apart from that, he has his business ventures including a clothing line and hotels. His riches are currently taking a slight hit for having agreed to a wage to help Juve navigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. As of 2020, he has won 29 trophies throughout his career including five Champions League wins six league titles, a Nations League, and a Euro Cup.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Net Worth: $220 Million

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

The Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is next in our list and he is managed by super-agent, Mino Raiola. He has played for several clubs including AC Milan, LA Galaxy, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Juventus, Barcelona, etc.

Apart from his success on the pitch, the outspoken Zlatan has endured mixed results with his business ventures including perfume, a sportswear range, and his own Android game. The sports documentary, Becoming Zlatan has been released in 2016 that follows his formative years with Malmo FF and Ajax to his breakthrough time with Juventus in 2005. In 2019, a statue of him has been unveiled in his hometown which is 8 feet 9 inches tall and it weighs 1100 pounds almost.

6. Dave Whelan

Net Worth: $220 Million

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

The English footballer, Dave Whelan has a net worth of 220 Million. He has played for Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Later, he was sold to Crewe Alexandra F.C. where he played till 1966.

After taking retirement, he opened a series of supermarkets, Whelan’s Discount Stores that eventually sold for more than a million pounds. In 1977, he acquired a sporting and fishing store that turned into a successful sporting goods store and became the U.K.’s second-biggest retailer. In 1995. He bought the Wigan Athletic Football Club and took the team to the Premier League in 2005.

7. Neymar

Net Worth: $185 Million

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

The controversial Brazil star, PSG, Neymar has boasted millions of social media followers that make him a potential gold mine for sponsors. He has played for the teams like Barcelona, Santos, and Paris Saint-Germain and he has signed a new 5-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain that made him the highest-paid athlete in the world.

Making his professional debut in 2009, he has represented Brazil in several competitions including the 2011 South America Youth Championship, 2013 Confederations Cup, two Summer Olympics in 2012 and 2016, three Copa America tournaments, and two World Cups in 2014 and 2018. In 2013, he was rated as the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine and in 2011, he has signed an 11-year contract with Nike and a 2-year $2.4 million contract with the electronics brand, Panasonic.

8. Wayne Rooney

Net Worth: $160 Million

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

The former England captain, Wayne Rooney has burst onto the Premier League as a 16-year-old with Everton in 2002 and he has enjoyed a long and lucrative career.

He has scored 15 goals with Everton and 183 goals in 393 caps with Manchester United. She also scored 53 goals in international competition at the senior level and with more than 200 Premier League goals, he became the top scorer in history. He has been named the England Player of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015. In 2017, he has signed a 3-year contract with D.C. United of Major League Soccer. He has pocketed plenty of extra wages in his golden days with the endorsement of Nokia, Coca-Cola, Nike, Ford, and others.

9. Ronaldo

Net Worth: $150 Million

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

The retired Brazil soccer player, Ronaldo has a net worth of $150 million. He played as a striker for the Brazilian team and has appeared in 98 international matches and scored 62 goals.

He was a part of the FIFA World Cup Brazilian winning team in 1994 and 2002. He is one of the three players who was presented with the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times in 1996, 1997, and 2002. He is the only football player who won the World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Boot in two tournaments. He also became the United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador. He also was sponsored by Nike and signed a 10-year deal worth $180 million in 1996. He co-owned the A1 Team Brazil and is also a minority owner of the North American Soccer League team, Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

10. Alexandre Pato

Net Worth: $145 Million

Top 30 Richest Soccer Player in the World

The Brazilian soccer player, Alexandre Pato is next on the list and he was once an AC Milan wonder-kid and the next big thing from Brazil. The player may never hit the career heights expected from him, but he has played with some prestigious clubs including Chelsea, Villarreal, and Rossoneri.

In 2017, he was moved to China with Tianjin Tianhi and had a six-figure salary. While other athletes splurge on luxury holidays and sports cars, Pato seems like played it smart and invested his money for snapping up restaurants, launching fashion, alcohol, and perfume brands, and winning cosmetics endorsement contracts.


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