It’s no secret that football is one of the most popular sports in the world. From the transfer fee alone, one can sense the money involved in it. After all, being immensely popular it has attracted a huge fan following, which indeed has attracted advertisers and big brands. So, as a result, its no longer an ordinary random sport.
Apart from the transfer fees, players earn a decent moolah via endorsements and public appearances. So let’s see who is the richest footballer in the world at present. Is he Messi or its Ronaldo?
The 10 Richest Soccer Players in the World
10. Frank Lampard
Net Worth: $90 million
Born on 20 June 1978, Lampard is an English former professional footballer. During his career, he played for teams including New York City FC(2015–2016), Manchester City(2014–2015) and Chelsea(2001–2014).
Net Worth: $93 million
Ronaldinho may not be as active as he used to be however the Brazilian footballer is still making a cool income as he is even the current club ambassador for FC Barcelona.
Net Worth: $ 95 million
The retired Spanish footballer made as much as €7 million a year in salary with Real Madrid. He signed his first professional contract with the fourth division team Real Madrid C in 1994 and since then played with numerous other teams.
7. Samuel Eto’o
Net Worth: $98 million
Born on 10 March 1981, Samuel Eto’o Fils is a Cameroonian professional footballer. Known for his stamina, Eto’o is a fast, energetic, and strong forward.
Net Worth: $108 million
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, better known amongst fans as Kaka, currently plays for Orlando City SC and Brazil national team. He started playing for a local club at a tender age of eight.
5. Wayne Rooney
Apart from being England’s youngest ever goalscorer, Rooney is also the youngest player to represent England. As in 2003, he made his senior international debut at age 17.
Net Worth: $112 million
4. Zlatan Ibrahimović
There was a time when Ibrahimović had decided to quit football however it was his manager who asked him to continue. It’s been so many years since he took the decision to stay and it seems that it turned out to be beneficial both for him and his fans.
Net Worth: $114 million
Over the recent years, Neymar has become quite popular amongst the young fans. Whether it about his bank balance or his next girlfriend, fans try to keep up with all the recent news regarding the talented player.
Net Worth: $148 million
2. Lionel Messi
The fight between the first and the second spot is really tough. It’s hard to rank Messi and Ronaldo, as both the players are very competitive. He may have landed second on our list, however, Messi is no less than Ronaldo when it comes to talent.
Net Worth: $ 218 million
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Almost all the reader must have successful guessed the winner seeing Messi being ranked 2nd. However as told earlier, both are talented players who command a decent fan following as they play in their own unique style.
Net Worth: $ 225 million