The Top 20 Richest footballers in the world

We bring to you the latest list of the top 20 richest footballers in the world 2021, their current net worth, weekly salaries, endorsements, football clubs, and more.

Football or soccer as it is known all around is one of the greatest sports in the world. Football brings people from different tribes and countries together.

Football has given birth to great players past and present. Unique players with unique playing styles coming together to form a team, playing as one under the voice and tutelage of a manager who brings the tactics and different techniques to overcome their opponent.

With this being said, because players have different abilities and playing styles, most are better than others and most are just at an average level, this leads to the diversity in weekly salaries and net worth of each player.

In fact, the number of portals claiming to be the most accurate football prediction website popping out almost every day proves that there’s wealth potential in this sport.

A player’s wage might be as a result of his ability, or other bonuses added to him, like scoring bonus, clean sheet bonus, and other bonuses, making one player richer than the other.

No doubt, the rankings of the world’s wealthiest players is subject to change considering so many factors. Taking a look at the listing below shows the richest footballers in the world for 2021.

We’ve compiled their net worth estimations based on their salaries, endorsements, investments, figures from Celebrity Net Worth, and Forbes.

Top 20 Richest Footballers In The World 2021

RankRichest Footballers In The WorldEstimated Net Worth
#20Hulk$70 million
#19Frank Ribery$70 million
#18David De Gea$75 million
#17Sergio Ramos$80 million
#16Sergio Aguero$80 million
#15Mario Balotelli$80 million
#14Gerrard Pique$80 million
#13Argen Robben$80 million
#12Robert Lewandowski$85 million
#11Mohamed Salah$90 million
#10Kylian Mbappe$95 million
#09Eden Hazard$100 million
#08Mesut Ozil$120 million
#07Paul Pogba$125 million
#06Gareth Bale$145 million
#05Wayne Rooney$170 million
#04Zlatan Ibrahimovic$190 million
#03Neymar Junior$200 million
#02Lionel Messi$400 million
#01Cristiano Ronaldo$500 million

1. Cristiano Ronaldo : $500 million

The Richest footballer in the world - Cristiano Ronaldo net worth
  • Name: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Date of birth: 5th February 1985
  • Role-playing: Foward
  • Country: Portugal
  • Transfer worth: €133 million
  • Marital status:  married
  • Awards: 5 times FIFA Ballon do’or winner, FIFA and FIFA PRO World Player of the Year The Best FIFA Men’s Player, 3 times UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, UEFA Club Forward of the Year 2 times FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year 4 times PFA Portuguese Player of the Year, 4 times European Golden Shoe FIFA Puskás Award FIFA FIFA Pro World 11, UEFA Nations League Finals Team of the Tournament: 2019 and many other individual titles, and more.

Cristiano Ronaldo is no doubt the richest footballer in the world. He has played for the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus which is his current club, not to mentioning other clubs he played for when starting his youth career.

This player is one of the greatest of all times, a football G.O.A.T, any team that manages to get their hands on such a player always ends up makes sales of merchandise worth millions of euros.

Ronaldo is a player known for his numerous goal-scoring abilities and not to mention his famous jump ability and suspension in the air for few seconds waiting for the arrival of the ball and still managing to get a great header and score.

He has played in some of the best football leagues in the world. He’s not just the richest but also one of the highest-paid players in the world, with a net worth of $500 million.

2. Lionel Messi, $400 million

Richest Footballers in the world - Lionel Messi
  • Name: Lionel Andrès Messi
  • Date of birth: 24th June 1987
  • Role-playing: forward
  • Country: Argentina
  • Transfer worth: €150 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: 6 times Balon d’or winner, fifa world cup golden ball, fifa world player of the year, best fifa men’s player, European golden shoe, copa America golden ball, UEFA men’s player of the year, UEFA club footballer of the year, UEFA club forward of the year, la liga best player, laliga best forward, pichichi trophy, champion for peace and sports, world soccer greatest 11 of all times, and so many individual trophies.

This player is one of the G.O.A.T in football, a player known for his blazing pace and ability to dribble past many defenders and put the ball on the net.

Messi has been at Barcelona all his career and has won many titles for the club and also recording millions of dollars worth of merchandise for the club. Today, he plays for PSG.

Lionel Messi earns a huge amount of money from Barcelona because of his amazing performance on the field of play. With a net worth of $400 million, he is considered one of the richest footballers in the world.

3. Neymar Da Silva Santos Jnr, $200 million

Richest football players in the world - Neymar
  • Name: Neymar Da Silva Santos Jnr
  • Date of birth: 5th February 1992
  • Role-playing:  forward
  • Country: Brazil
  • Transfer worth: €310.20 million
  • Marital status: unmarried
  • Awards: champions league winner, FIFA club world cup, copa do Brazil, FIFA FIFPro world 11, Laliga best player of the year, samba gold, FIFA world cup dream team, FIFA world cup bronze boot, FIFA Puskas award, world soccer young player of the year, Bola De prata, Bola De Ouro and so many other individual titles.

This Brazilian superstar is known for his amazing dribbling skills as he can take on many defenders at a time with wonderful accuracy.

Neymar Jnr has played for the likes of Santos in Brazil, Barcelona, and PSG and has generated enough revenue for them through his merchandise sales.

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $190 million

Zlatan Ibrahimovic net worth
  • Name: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Date of birth: 3rd October 1981
  • Role-playing: Forward
  • Country: Sweden
  • Transfer worth: €69.5 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: AC Milan hall of fame, PSG hall of fame, Balon D’or 4th place, Coupe De la Ligue man of the match, Ligue  1 goal of the year, Ligue 1 foreign player of the year, SortAccord play for change Award, GQ Men of the year, Supercopa Italia man of the match, Serie A goal of the year, Seria A footballer of the year, and so many individual titles not listed above.

Next on the list of the richest footballers in the world is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Zlatan is one of the greatest footballers of our time.

As a unique player with numerous goal-scoring abilities, Zlatan has played so many clubs, the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and so many other clubs, and in each club pulling in enough revenues for the club through merchandise sales.

At his age, Zlatan is still delivering goals and winning games for his team. He is a player many managers would want to have in their books.

5. Wayne Rooney, $170 million

Richest footballers in the world - Wayne Rooney
  • Name: Wayne Mark Rooney
  • Date of birth: 24th October 1985
  • Role playing: forward and midfield
  • Country: England
  • Transfer worth: retired
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: UEFA European u-17 championship golden player, PFA player of the year, PFA fans player of the year, PFA young player of the year, PFA team of the year, FWA footballer of the year, Manchester United player of the year, Golden boy award, FIFPro young player of the year, and numerous individual titles.

At a young age, Wayne Rooney was a name every manager wanted in their books. In his career, he has won so many titles for his club and also gotten so many individual titles.

With a current net worth of $170 million, Rooney is worthy of being on the list of the world’s richest footballers right now.

He has spent most of his career playing for Manchester United scoring amazing goals and win trophies for United, he letter left England to MLS and then returned to England and now working as a manager of Derby County.

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6. Gareth Bale, $145 million

World's richest soccer players - Gareth Bale
  • Name: Gareth Frank Bale
  • Date of birth: 16th July 1989
  • Role playing: Forward
  • Country: Wales
  • Transfer worth: €100 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: UEFA team of the year, Welsh footballer of the year award, Tottenham youngest player award, Tottenham player of the year award, UEFA Champions League squad of the season, football manager team of the decade, PFA team of the year, premier league team of the year, with so many other individual titles.

Gareth Bale signed a $33 million contract with real Madrid which was set to expire around June 2022 before joining Tottenham 2021.

The player has made millions of dollars off endorsement deals which had aided with his salary to increase his net worth.

7. Paul Pogba, $125 million

  • Name: Paul Labile Pagba
  • Date of birth: 15th March 1993
  • Role playing: Midfield
  • Country: France
  • Transfer worth: €98 million
  • Marital status: married
  • Awards: Golden boy award, FIFA u20 golden ball, Seria A team of the year, FIFA world cup best young player, Bravo award, UEFA team of the year, FIFA FIFPro world 11, and so many other individual titles.

Next on the list of the richest footballers in the world right now is Paul Pogba.

With a record-breaking transfer fee of $120 million, the French boy made a move to Manchester United signing a deal worth $20 million per year and also getting millions of dollars worth of endorsement and millions of dollars worth of his merchandise being sold at the club.

8. Mesut Ozil, $120 million

  • Name: Mesut Ozil
  • Date of birth: 15th October 1988
  • Role playing: Midfield
  • Country: Germany
  • Transfer worth: €5 million
  • Marital status: unmarried
  • Awards: kicker attacking midfielder of the year, UEFA European Championship team of. The gear, German player of the year, Laureus media award, PFA fans player of the month, Arsenal player of the season, with many other individual titles.

The German player signed a deal with Arsenal which fetches him $24 million every year, Ozil is a player known for his amazing play-making skills, he can spot passes where others can’t see. He is a midfielder with an amazing passing ability.

9. Eden Hazard, $100 million

Richest footballers in the World - Eden Hazard
  • Name: Eden Michael Hazard
  • Date of birth: 7th January 1991
  • Role playing: winger and attacking midfield
  • Country: Belgium
  • Transfer worth: €150 million
  • Marital status: married
  • Awards: IFFHS men’s world team, FIFA world cup fantasy team, ESM team of the year, UEFA team of the year, PFA premier league team of the year, FIFA FIFPro world 11, UNFP League 1 team of the season, with many more outstanding individual trophies.

The former Chelsea boy was known for his amazing ability to drive at defenders, taking them on and scoring amazing goals, join Real Madrid with a fee of $125.5 million, earning him a salary of $250,000 weekly.

He signed a 5 year deal and has amazing bonuses which has contributed greatly to his net worth.

10. Kylian Mbappe, $95 million

  • Name: kylian Mbappe Lottin
  • Date of birth: 20th December 1998
  • Role playing: Winger and striker
  • Country: France
  • Transfer worth: €110 million
  • Marital status: unmarried
  • Awards: French player of the year, Kopa trophy, FIFA world cup dream team, UEFA team of the year, IFFHS men team of the year, onze de bronze, UEFA men’s player of the year, Golden boy, FIFA FIFPro world 11 with more amazing titles.

Kylian Mbappe is next on the list of the top 20 richest footballers in the world. The French footballer players for the French team PSG with salary worth $20 million per year, with amazing bonuses.

His salaries and endorsement has a footballer has contributed greatly to is net worth, which puts him as one of the highest-paid athletes on the Forbes list.

11. Mohamed Salah, $90 million

  • Name: Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly
  • Date of birth: 5th June 1992
  • Role playing: winger
  • Country: Egypt
  • Transfer worth: €120 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: UAFA golden boy, CAF most promising talent of the year, Swiss super league player of the year, El Heddaf Arab footballer of the year, A.S Roma player of the season, Globe Arab best player of the year, CAF team of the year, CAF African Cup of Nations team of the tournament, with other outstanding awards.

Mohamed Salah net worth is proof that he’s currently one of the richest soccer players in the world. He has a net worth that makes him one of the richest football players in Africa presently, he extended his contract with Liverpool which fetches him an annual income of $35.1 million.

He is a footballer with amazing speed, running pass defenders with easy and also an ability to put the ball in the back of the net.

12. Robert Lewandowski, $85 million

  • Name: Robert Lewandowski
  • Date of birth: 21st August 1988
  • Role playing: Foward
  • Country: Poland
  • Transfer worth: €60 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: Ekstraklasa top goalscorer, Ekstraklasa best player, polish sport personality of the year, Bayern Munich player of the year, DFB-Pokal top goalscorer, Polish player of the year, kicker Bundesliga team of the season, VDV Bundesliga team of the season, and other amazing awards.

The German footballer makes $24 million a year from his present club Bayern Munich, he joined the club in 2014 on free transfer, he is a footballer known for scoring amazing goals, he just has a way of finding the back of the net.

13. Arjen Robben, $80 million

  • Name: Arjen Robben
  • Date of birth: 23th January 1984
  • Role playing: winger
  • Country: Netherland
  • Transfer worth: €35 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: Premier league player of the month, PFA team of the year, ESM team of the year, Bravo Award, Goal of the month in Germany, the kicker man of the year, footballer of the year Germany, UEFA best player in Europe, UEFA team of the year, FIFA world cup bronze ball and many other awards.

Arjen Robben is a player that has played for many top teams in Europe, teams like Chelsea, real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

He left real Madrid to Bayern with a transfer fee of $27.5 million and a salary of $7.5 million.

14. Gerard Pique, $80 million

  • Name: Gerard Pique Bernabeu
  • Date of birth: 2nd February 1987
  • Role-playing: Defender
  • Country: Spain
  • Transfer worth: €12 million
  • Marital status: unmarried
  • Awards: la Liga breakthrough player of the year, la Liga best defender, la Liga team of the season, UEFA la Liga team of the season, UEFA Champions League team of the season, UEFA team of the year, FIFA FIFPro world 11, Globe soccer award, ESM team of the year, and more individual awards.

Gerard Pique left Manchester United and joined Barcelona in 2008 with a fee of $5.5 million, the Barcelona defender is one of the most celebrated Spanish players of all time, his current salary is $10 million, and currently still playing for Barcelona.

15. Mario Balotelli, $80 million

  • Name: Mario Balotelli Barwuah
  • Date of birth: 12 August 1990
  • Role playing: Forward
  • Country: Italy
  • Transfer worth: €3 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards:  golden boy award, UEFA Euro team of the tournament, Seria A team of the year, FIFPro world 11 4th team, UNFP Ligue 1 player of the month

Balotelli played for Brescia for a year before joining AC Monza at 2020, he has played for many clubs in the world and due to his talent he has been a ble to secure huge amount of salary of about $7 million.

He had an estimated net worth of $35 million which over the years has increased to $80 million.

16. Sergio Aguero $80 million

  • Name: Sergio Leonel Aguero Del Castilo
  • Date of birth: 2nd June 1988
  • Role playing: Forward
  • Country: Argentina
  • Transfer worth: €61.7 million
  • Marital status: married
  • Awards: South American team of the year, FSF player of the year, Don Balon award, premier league golden boot, la Liga Ibero-American player of the year, world soccer young player of the year, Manchester City player of the year, Manchester city goal of the year, and numerous individual titles.

Aguero is no doubt worthy of this list of the top 20 richest footballers in the world right now. He joined Manchester city from atletico Madrid for a fee of $44 million in 2011, he made $22.6 and was ranked as one of the highest-paid athletes by Forbes in 2014.

He had is salary increased to $23.5 million as of 2020 and this contributed to his net worth.

17. Sergio Ramos, $80 million

Richest Footballers in the World - Sergio Ramos
  • Name: Sergio Ramos Garcia
  • Date of birth: 30th March 1986
  • Role playing: Defender
  • Country: Spain
  • Transfer worth: €60 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: L’Équipe’s team of the year, Balon d’or dream team, EA sports team of the year, Luis Aragones award, Castro performance index, IFFHS world team of the decade, IFFHS men’s world team, IFFHS UEFA team of the decade, and many outstanding individual trophies.

Sergio Ramos has had over 600 appearances for real Madrid since he joined the club in 2005. The Spanish player is one of the best defenders Real Madrid has, keeping many clean sheets and also scoring amazing goals for the club.

He is one of the best goal-scoring defenders in football and also taking penalty duties for his club.

18. David De Gea, $75 million

  • Name: David De Gea Quintana
  • Date of birth: 7th November 1990
  • Role playing: Goalkeeper
  • Country: Spain
  • Transfer worth: €25 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: PFA fans player of the month, PFA team of the year, Sir Matt Busby player of the year award, Manchester United player of the year, UEFA Europa League team of the year, Match of the day save of the season, EA Sports FIFA team of the season, FIFA FIFPro world 11 and many other awards.

The Spanish goalkeeper signed a contract with Manchester United till 2023 worth $23 million yearly, the United goalkeeper salary plus endorsement is $25.7 million, contributing to his net worth of about $75 million making him the richest goalkeeper.

19. Frank Ribery, $70 million

  • Name: Frank Henry Pierre Ribery
  • Date of birth: 7th April 1983
  • Role playing: Foward
  • Country: France
  • Transfer worth: €60 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: Ligue 1 player of the month, Ligue 1 young player of the year, Ligue 1 goal of the year, Ligue 1 team of the year, onze de bronze, French player of the year, footballer of the year Germany, ESM team of the year, UEFA best player in Europe award, UEFA team of the year, kicker Bundesliga team of the season and many other awards.

Frank had a very successful football career playing football at the highest level, he played for the German club bayern Munich most of his career before making a move to Fiorentina which he is currently playing for.

He makes a salary of about $17 million yearly and about $1 million from endorsements. He’s the 19th richest footballer in the world.

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20. Hulk, $70 million

  • Name: Givanildo Vieira de Sousa
  • Date of birth: 25th July 1986
  • Role playing: Forward
  • Country: Brazil
  • Transfer worth: €60 million
  • Marital status: Married
  • Awards: J2 league top scorer, Primeira Liga top scorer, O jogo team of the year, Russian premier league best winger, Russian premier league best player of the month, Russian premier league top scorer, footballer of the year in Russia, and other awards.

The Brazilian striker plays for the Chinese club Shanghai SIPG. He signed for the club in 2016 and is currently still playing for the club. He moved to the club off an Asian record transfer of $61.38 million.

The Brazilian is formerly known as hulk because of his physic and ability to drive and defenders.

Richest Footballers In the World (summary)

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 2021::

  1. Christiano Ronaldo
  2. Lionel Messi
  3. Neymar Jr
  4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  5. Wayne Rooney
  6. Gareth Bale
  7. Paul Pogba
  8. Mesut Ozil
  9. Eden Hazard
  10. Kylian Mbappe
  11. Mohamed Salah
  12. Robert Lewandowski
  13. Argen Roben
  14. Gerrard Pique
  15. Mario Balotelli
  16. Sergio Aguero
  17. Sergio Ramos
  18. David De Gea
  19. Frank Ribery
  20. Hulk

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