Who are the richest footballers in the world?
It’s no news that football is one of the most popular sports around the world. Yes, hundreds of millions of people gather around to watch this entertaining sport.
One stark evidence of its popularity is the last edition of the FIFA World Cup which was staged in Russia in 2018 and grossed a total of over 3 billion viewers around the world.
That is almost half of the total world population today!
In fact, the number of football prediction websites popping out almost every day proves that there’s wealth potential in this sport.
Why would many people turn to the top online betting sites if there’s no huge potential in soccer?
This fact on its own is enough to make sports fans around the world curious about just how much is the worth of richest footballers.
Top 20 Richest Footballers In the World
In this article, we give the list of the 20 richest footballers in the world.
We’ve compiled their net worth estimations based on their salaries, endorsements, investments, figures from Celebrity Net Worth, and Forbes.
20. Willian Net Worth: $75 Million
Willian is a Brazilian soccer player who might be unknown to many recent football fans.
As of 2020, Willian’s net worth is estimated to be $75 Million dollars.
19. Gerard Pique Net Worth: $76 Million
Gerard Pique is a retired Spanish soccer player and a central defender for Barcelona.
The 6ft 4in defender has had a quite successful career in football. However, considering his age it is obvious that his career is at its tail end.
Pique has however made a fortune for himself by playing for one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Barcelona.
As of 2020, Pique’s net worth $76 million making him the 19th on the list of richest footballers in the world.
18. Kylian Mbappe Net Worth: $76 Million
Any football lover who does not know French soccer player, Kylian Mbappe is probably living in a cave.
He is a footballer that plays for Paris Saint-German and has achieved a lot in his career including winning the recently concluded FIFA World Cup that was staged in Russia.
He is a very skilled footballer that leaves defenders for dead with his lightning pace and power.
He is considered the next big thing in football, and as of 2020 Kylian Mbappe’s net worth is roughly $76 Million dollars.
17. Sergio Ramos Net Worth: $80 Million
A FIFA World Cup winner with 6 Spanish league titles, 3 Copa del Reys, and 4 UEFA Champions League titles, there is nothing more that can be asked of Sergio Ramos, a Spanish soccer player in the football world.
The Real Madrid and Spanish national team captain has won it all, both at club and national level.
Most of his football career has been spent at Real Madrid and he worked hard enough to earn all he has today.
Sergio Ramos’s net worth is estimated to be $80 million dollars, as of 2020, making him the 17th on the list of richest footballers in the world.
16. Sergio Aguero Net Worth: $83 Million
Sergio Aguero, an Argentine soccer player is one of the best strikers to ever grace the best football league in the world – English premier league.
His amazing statistics speak for him. He has scored a total of 180 goals which is the most scored by a non-English player in the premier league. He is also regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.
His most iconic memory would be his final day of the season winner that made his club clinch the premier league title over arch-rivals, Manchester City in 2012.
As of 2020, Sergio Aguero’s net worth is roughly $83 million dollars.
15. Paul Pogba Net Worth: $90 Million
Paul Pogba is a French soccer player that is stylish and skillful.
His net worth exploded when he made the move from Serie A Champions Juventus to join his favorite club, Manchester united.
The fact that Pogba left Juventus who were Champions in Italy to join a mediocre Manchester united means he was attracted not only because of his affinity for the club but also the financial package that came with it.
Paul Pogba today is worth $90 million, making him the 15th on the list of richest footballer in the world.
14. Samuel Etoo Net Worth: $95 Million
Talk about professional football playing, you’ll have to make mention of the Cameroon Striker Samuel Etoo.
Did you know that he’s the most decorated African footballer of all time? That’s the reason he’s the richest footballer in Africa.
He has played in quite a number of football clubs, of which FC Barcelona won’t go without mention.
As of 2020, Samuel Eto’s net worth is estimated to be $95 Million dollars, and he’s the richest footballer in Africa.
13. Eden Hazard Net Worth: $100 Million
Hazard is a Belgian soccer player and is referred to as one of the best players to grace the football game with his incredible dribbling skills, speed, and power.
Hazard won everything with Chelsea in the English premier league including winning the best player of the year twice in England.
In his own words after moving to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, he moved to the club in order to win everything and also become the best player in the world.
Such is the drive for success that this player has. Though it has not exactly gone well for him, we expect him to come good later for Real Madrid.
As of 2020, Eden Hazard’s net worth is estimated at roughly $100 Million dollars. He’s one of the world’s richest footballers alive.
12. Mesut Ozil Net Worth: $103 Million
Mesut Ozil is a German soccer player. He is usually referred to as the king of assist due to his playmaker role in creating avenues to score goals.
He is currently the highest-paid player for Arsenal football. Although he’s recently experiencing a dip in form, but expected to come good in no time.
As of 2020, Ozil’s net worth is roughly $103 Million, making him the 12th on the list of richest footballers in the world.
11. Luis Suarez Net Worth: $105 Million
Luis Suarez is an Uruguayan soccer player and was one of the best strikers in the world in his prime.
Before he moved to Barcelona, he held a record for most goals in a 38 game premier league season after scoring 31 goals.
He then moved to Barcelona and formed a ferocious attacking trident with Lionel Messi and Neymar.
As one of the world’s best players his net worth of $105 million dollars as of 2020, sealed his position as the 11th richest footballer in the world.
10. Andres Iniesta Net Worth: $120 Million
Iniesta is a Spanish soccer player and Barcelona legend who was part of the formidable midfield pair that won the treble in 2009.
He was at the time the best midfielder in the world after he scored the winning goal for the Spanish national team against Holland in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
He however moved to a Japanese club Vissel Kobe where he is expected to hang his boots.
Iniesta’s net worth is approximately $120 Million dollars.
9. Antoine Griezmann Net Worth: $123 Million
Griezmann is a French soccer player that won the world cup with France in 2018.
The La Liga best player in 2016 fulfilled all expectations of him at Atletico Madrid after winning the Spanish league title and also won the best Spanish player in the same year.
He has since moved on to Barcelona in a record fee of €100 million.
As of 2020, Antoine Griezmann’s net worth is $123 million dollars, making him the 8th on the this list of richest footballers in the world.
8. Gareth Bale Net Worth: $125 Million
Gareth Bale is a Welsh soccer player and a world class winger who plays for Real Madrid.
He is well known for his lightning speed which helped him become an integral part of the famed attacking trident, the BBC which constitutes Bale, Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bale moved to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in a world record fee in excess of £100 million.
His expected salary package has contributed to his net worth of $125 as of 2020, making him the 8th richest footballer in the world.
7. Wayne Rooney Net Worth: $160 Million
Wayne Rooney is an English soccer player and legend who played out his heart and soul for English football clubs. He’s one of the richest footballers in the world.
Rooney who started out his career at Everton made the move to Manchester united at a young age due to his exciting talent.
It was at United that he gradually built his net worth through his work dedication which translated into better contracts with huge financial incentives for him.
He however returned to Everton, moved to the MLS and then returned to the championship side, Derby County.
Wayne Roonye’s net worth is roughly $160 Million dollars.
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth: $250 Million
Zlatan is a Swedish soccer player and his football career can simply be described as a nomadic career due to his frequent transfer from one club to another during his illustrious career which is yet to end.
The striker has played for more than 6 football clubs all over Europe including the likes of Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter, PSG, Manchester United, and so on.
He is a legend, a hero, and a self-acclaimed football god. He’s the 6th richest football player in the world with his net worth estimated at $250 Million dollars, as of 2020.
5. Neymar Jr Net Worth: $300 Million
Neymar is a Brazilian soccer player and is a well established football sta.
His footballing talent is, without doubt, enormous, and so much that he was tipped to succeed Messi and Ronaldo as the best player in the world.
Neymar is a skilled dribbler on the ball with so many skills up his sleeves that defenders have no idea which he might pull off.
Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG after his €222 million release clause was triggered. Jr Neymar’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $300 Million dollars.
4. Lionel Messi Net Worth: $400 Million
Messi is an Argentine soccer player and legend. A lot can be said about this man about what he does and how much he has achieved in the football world.
One of the most notable ones is his record win of 6 Ballon d’Or award for the best player in the world. There are not enough adjectives to qualify the exceptional abilities of Messi.
In terms of weekly and annual salary, Messi is the highest paid player in the world. And that is just befitting of the best player in the world.
As of 2020, Lionel Messi’s net worth is approximately $400 Million dollars, making him the 4th on this list of richest footballers in the world.
3. David Beckham Net Worth: $450 Million
Beckham was among the top class talent that emerged from the class of ’92 academy of Manchester united.
He proceeded to become a legend in the Manchester United shirt before making a switch to Real Madrid.
David Beckham is the first Englishman to win league titles in four countries (England, Spain, United States, France).
He is also the first British footballer to play 100 UEFA Champions League games.
As of 2020, David Beckham’s net worth is estimated at approximately $450 Million dollars, making him the third richest soccer player in the world.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth: $500 Million
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese soccer player and a Real Madrid icon who has achieved everything the football world has to offer, both in clubs, and internationally.
Ronaldo is just the complete player because he is tall, strong, powerful, and to cap it all off he has an undying hunger to win.
He is above Messi on the list due to his huge portfolio of endorsements and investments. He is just good at everything, isn’t he?
He is also rumored to be in possession of one of the top 10 most expensive cars in the world right now.
Ronaldo’s net worth is roughly $500 Million dollars, making him second on this list of top 20 richest footballers in the world.
1. Faiq Bolkiah Net Worth: $20 Billion
I know it is surprising to you but it is what it is. The more surprising thing is how possible it is for a relatively unknown footballer to top the list.
Faiq Bolkiah is a Brunei soccer player, which might sound strange to many. To explain it in a simple way, Faiq is the world’s richest football player not by the work of his hand, but by heritage.
Faiq’s father is the nephew of Hassanal Bolkiah, who is the sultan of Brunei which is a rich crude oil depending nation.
He is still at a tender age of 22 and plays for the reserve side of Leicester city in England.
He decided against depending on the riches he has to find his own path in what he loves, which turns out to be football.
As of 2020, Faiq Bolkiah net worth is estimated to be $20 Billion dollars, making him the richest footballer in the world.
Summary of Top Richest Footballers In the World
Football payers are well compensated for their services and many fans outside the football world thinks some stars are paid more than their output for whichever teams they represent.
Here’s a quick summary of the 20 richest footballers in the world:
- Faiq Bolkiah
- Christiano Ronaldo
- David Beckham
- Lionel Messi
- Neymar Jr
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Wayne Rooney
- Gareth Bale
- Antoine Griezmann
- Andres Iniesta
- Luis Suarez
- Mesut Izil
- Eden Hazard
- Samuel Etoo
- Paul Pogba
- Sergio Aguero
- Sergio Ramos
- Kylian Mbappe
- Gerrad Pique
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