Football is considered to be the most famous sport on the planet. This article gives a detailed look at which players make the most money and where it comes from.
- Faiq Bolkiah
Faiq is a name that is not so popular in the football world. He sits as the richest footballer in the world with a net worth of $20 billion. Surprisingly, he did not get this wealth from football instead he got it from his inheritance. Faiq is the son to the prince of Brunei, Jeffri Bolkiah. He is currently a professional footballer who plays for Maritimo.
2. Christiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo is a 5 times winner of Balloon d’or which is the football’s most prestigious individual award. He earns more than €31 Million annually at Juventus. He makes money by being the brand ambassadors to renowned brands like Motorola, Nike, Armani and Tag Heuer. He recently just signed a deal with Nike which is considered to be a lifetime deal worth $1 billion. Ronaldo also has his own CR7 brand which sells aftershave and clothes, according to Forbes. He is one of the richest Football player with a most significant net worth of $450 million.
3. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is the captain and biggest player in Barcelona FC. He started his professional football career with the Barcelona team c, after which he progressed to team b and then later on the senior team. Lionel Messi earns $36.4 million a year from his latest contract renewal with Barcelona. He also makes $27 million a year by endorsing brands like Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi, Gillette, and Turkish Airlines. With a net worth of $400 million, the Argentine footballer is one of the richest athletes in the world.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
He is a Swedish football legend who currently plays for AC Milan. Currently he earns about 3.5 million euros in salary per annum. Throughout his international career, he has made a total of 116 appearances and scored 62 goals for his country ‘Sweden’. His net worth is estimated to be around $190 Million. He has sponsorship deals with Nivea, Xbox, Volvo, and dressman.
5. Neymar Jnr
Neymar currently plays as a winger in Paris- Saint German. Before he joined PSG, he used to play for the Spanish giant ‘Barcelona’. He earns 36.8 million a year apart from his many endorsement deals, which include agreements with the likes of Nike, Panasonic, Volkswagen, Red Bull, and many more. That’s not a bad achievement for being only 26 years old. His net worth is estimated to be around 185 million dollars.