Football/soccer stars are known for the huge wealth their talents and antics on the field have afforded them, while the very best in football are often among the highest-paid. However, the top richest footballers in the world necessarily do not have to be the very best in the game. Our list of the top-10 richest football/soccer players points to a not too known fact that some of the big names in the world of football are not the richest players in the game. In our compilation of the top richest football players in the world, we look into the net worth of the highest-paid stars as well as their salaries and endorsements to deliver our latest piece on the richest footballers in the world.
It should be noted that this article is aimed at listing the richest footballers, not necessarily the highest-paid. The wealth of the listed football players are not entirely generated from football, and that was a factor which was considered before the list was compiled. Without further ado, let’s jump right in.
The Richest Football Players In The World (2020)
10. Paul Pogba
Net Worth: $85 Million
A very skilful and talented midfielder, Paul Pogba’s exploits at the 2018 FIFA World Cup was instrumental in his side’s victory in the most prestigious tournament in world football. Currently playing for Manchester United, his antics have not translated into success for his club who are currently struggling in the English Premier League. He currently receives about £290,000 weekly. Paul Pogba’s net worth is valued at $85 million as of 2020, which finds him the 10th spot in our list of the richest soccer players in the world. He also had endorsement deals with sportswear manufacturing brand, Adidas. Pogba is known to have several luxury cars which include, Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge, Chevrolet and Ferrari 812 Superfast.
9. Eden Hazard
Net Worth: $100 Million
Following his high profile move to Real Madrid from EPL side, Chelsea, worth €100,000,000, Eden Hazard signed a 5 year deal with Real Madrid (Los Blancos) to become the club’s highest-paid signing. The Belgian national football team captain receives £400,000 weekly. He has an endorsement deal with Nike, Topps and Electronics Arts. Eden Hazard’s net worth is valued at $100 million, as of 2020, which makes him the 9th richest football player in the world.
8. Andres Iniesta
Net Worth: $120 Million
Andres Iniesta is Spain’s all-time most decorated footballer who has won a record 35 trophies including the World Cup and the UEFA Champions League. The former Barcelona skipper who currently plays in Japan for Vissel Kobe earns $576,923 every week. Andres Iniesta’s net worth is valued at $120 million, as of 2020, making him the 8th richest football player in the world. He has endorsement deals with Japanese footwear brand, Asics. He also owns a winery named Minuto 116, after the minute he scored in the 2010 World Cup final.
7. Gareth Bale
Net Worth: $125 Million
2019 surely has been a tumultuous year for Real Madrid forward, Gareth Bale. The Wales international has had a strained relationship with Real Madrid head coach, Zinedine Zidane, who has shut the striker from his squad. Rumours have emerged that Bale is on the verge of a transfer to various clubs, majorly Chinese Super League clubs, which will make him the latest of many top footballers who have made the move to China. Bale who still plays for Los Blancos receives £350,000 weekly. Gareth Bale’s net worth as of 2020 is valued at $125 million, placing him as the 7th richest football player in the world. He has various endorsement deals with Adidas, Nissan, Konami and Lucozade. He also has other businesses aside football such as his sports bar and restaurant based in Cardiff, called Elevens.
6. Wayne Rooney
Net Worth: $160 Million
In 2018, Wayne Rooney joined the ranks of Premier League stars to cross the Atlantic to feature in one of the fast-rising football leagues in the world. After moving to American Major League Soccer (MLS) football league, Wayne became one of the highest-paid footballers. Rooney who is currently at Derby County playing as a forward, as well as the team’s assistant coach since 2019, receives a salary of about $70,000 a week. Wayne Rooney’s net worth as of 2020 is valued at $160 million, which finds him the 6th spot in our compilation of the richest soccer players in the world. He has endorsement deals with brands such as Samsung, Coca Cola, EA Sports and Nike.
5. Neymar Jr.
Net Worth: $185 Million
Neymar Jr. has had one of the most eventful years of his career in 2019. In the summer of 2019, Neymar was accused of rape by a Brazilian woman. The accusation shook the world by surprise, but fans were relieved when the case was dismissed as a result of lack of evidence. The Brazilian international also lost the national team captaincy after he was involved in an altercation with an opponent fan in last season’s Coupe de France final against Renee. Neymar receives a salary of about €707,692 every week. Neymar Jr’s net worth as of 2020 is valued at $185 million, placing him as the 5th richest soccer player in the world. He has endorsement deals with MasterCard, Gillette, Electronic Arts, Nike and McDonald’s.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Net Worth: $190 Million
A very controversial footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the best footballers in Europe who has left a mark wherever he goes. The Swedish player who plays for AC Milan in the Italian Serie A earns about $138,000 every week. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s net worth is currently valued at $190 million, making him the 4th richest football player in the world. He has endorsement deals with Nike, Nivea and also advertises Microsoft Xbox and Vitamin Well.
3. Lionel Messi
Net Worth: $400 Million
Argentine skipper, Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers in history, and probably the best in his time, the Barcelona man has won several trophies and individual laurels which has made him one of the most decorated footballers in the world. Messi receives as much as $646,000 every week. His huge collection of wealth has made him one of the world’s richest soccer players. Lionel Messi’s net worth in 2020 is valued at $400 million, making him the 4th richest football player in the world. He has signed endorsement deals with brands such as Adidas, Pepsi, MasterCard and Huawei.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Net Worth: $460 Million
CR7 as Cristiano Ronaldo is famously known is one of the best footballers in the world. The Portuguese forward has been in an intense rivalry with Argentinian skipper Lionel Messi for the best footballer in the modern age. Ronaldo who plays for Serie A side, Juventus receives $663,000 every week. Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is currently valued at $460 million. He has sponsorship deals with Nike, Electronic Arts, DAZN and Altice.
1. Faiq Bolkiah
Net Worth: $20 Billion
Not known to many, Faiq Bolkiah is currently the richest football player in the world right now. The 21-year-old footballer who originates from oil-rich Brunei plays for Leicester City and is the captain of the Brunei national team. The Buena skipper is the son of the Prince of Brunei, Jefri Bolkiah. The sultan of the oil-rich state, Hassanal Bolkiah, who has a reputation for his extravagant spending is his uncle. Faiq Bolkiah is a member of Bolkiah dynasty. Faiq Bolkiah’s net worth is currently estimated at a total of $20 billion. He earns about $1000 every week and he is sponsored by Nike according to his Instagram bio.
There you have it — our top-10 curated list of the richest football/soccer players in the world right now. What do you think? Which footballer did you expect to see on this list? please share with us in the comments section below.
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