Football players give a tough competition to even the most famous Hollywood stars when it comes to stardom, fame and money. With the hefty amount of money they earn as players accompanied by the enormous earning that come from various endorsements, they really know how to make millions of dollars with just a little effort. Here we bring you the list of Top 6 richest players in the history of Football ever.
Richest Footballers In The World
1. Christiano Ronaldo (€148 million)
The Portuguese playing for Real Madrid is currently the highest paid. He also captains the Portuguese national team. He gained this spot in 2009 when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid. Ronaldo’s annual income is a whooping € 21 million after deducting all the taxes. He is clearly the world’s most expensive football player in history.
Also Read: Top 6 Football Rivalries In The World
2. Lionel Messi (€146 million)
Giving close competition to Ronaldo is the Argentine Footballer Lionel Messi who currently plays for FC Barcelona. He also serves as the captain of Argentina’s national Football team. With an annual net salary of € 16 million, Messi is the highest on-field earner in Football. He also endorses brands like Adidas and has been roped in by the Turkish Airlines as its global brand ambassador.
3. Samuel Etoo (€85 million)
The ace Cameroonian footballer plays as a striker and takes home an estimated salary of $ 13 million, out of which $ 3 million comes from endorsements alone. Etoo endorses many top brands including Puma and Ford. He is by far the highest paid African footballer in the world. Etoo seems to be fond of sports cars and owns a number of top luxury cars like the Hummer H2, Buggati Veyron and Bentley GT63. Etoo plays for club Chelsea.
4. Wayne Rooney (€84 million)
Rooney plays as a Forward for Manchester United and also for the national team of England. The English player has endorsement deals with many giant brands. Some of these are Nike, Ford, Nokia, Asda and Coca Cola. As per Forbes’ rankings, Wayne Rooney is also one of the world’s highest paid players and occupies the 61st position on the list. A major part of his annual income ($ 45 million) comes from the contract with Manchester United and roughly $ 17 million comes from product endorsements every year.
5. Kaká (€82 million)
The Brazilian player Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, more commonly known as Kaká currently plays for the Italian Serie A Club Milan and for the Brazilian national team. He plays as an attacking midfielder. Kaká also became the youngest ambassador of the United Nations World Food Program in 2004. He also occupies the 71th position in the Forbes magazine’s list of World’s highest paid athletes.
Also Read:6 Best Goals Of FIFA World Cup 2014.
His yearly estimated income is € 9 million and he earns over $ 5.5 million solely from endorsing brands like Armani, Adidas, PepsiCo and Sony to name a few. Apart from this, he owns a massive house spread over 1500 sq. meters of land in Madrid which has an estimated net worth of over € 7 million.
6. Neymar (€80 million)
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior plays as a forward or winger for the Spanish FC Barcelona in La Liga and is also a part of the Brazilian National team. Neymar has diversified sources for his earnings. He sponsors many brands like Nike, Panasonic, Volkswagen, Lupo, Ambev, Claro, Unilever and Santander.
These endorsements fetch him an estimated amount of € 20 million per year which is simply enormous. Neymar is also famous for promoting Brazilian pop music and features in many top rated music videos.
If you feel this Richest Footballers in the world list is informative, share it on Twitter and Facebook.