Top 10 Richest Footballers in the World 2019 so far – In the world of football money plays a bigger role than ever before. Players (just like the rest of us) are more than ever attracted to huge stacks of dollars. In this post, we want to talk about some of the richest football players in the World in 2019 currently.
As the more intelligent ones among us probably realize already having money doesn’t make you rich. Therefore, this post is about earning potential based on having a solid brand identity. We want to talk about footballers who attract huge sums of money just because of who they are. We want to talk about footballers who sponsors and brands line up to associate with while shelling out millions of dollars in the process.
Those are the creme de la creme; the Forbes List of Football. The one man multi-billion dollar companies that are making more in revenue than some Third World Countries. Without further ado, we present the top 10 World’s Richest Football players in the World.
Top 10 Richest Footballers In The World 2019
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
With an estimated net worth of over 450 million dollars, Cristiano Ronaldo comes in at number one on our list. This money did not just fly into his account, Ronaldo has a distinguished career in football. Just look at some of his statistics to see why he is called the greatest footballer ever.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a five-time winner of the prestigious UEFA Champions League: In fact, CR7 is so synonymous with Champions League Titles that any team nursing the ambition of lifting the trophy makes a bid to sign him up: Juventus have done just so. And why not? He has more Champions League titles than Juventus! He first won it with Manchester United in the 2007/2008 season, and then proceeded to win it with Real Madrid 4 times: 2013/2014, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or 5 times, the English Premier League 3 times, the Spanish La Liga 2 times, the Italian Serie A title, and he also holds the record for the highest number of goals in the UEFA Champions League (126). He is the only player in History to win 4 European Golden Shoes- something he did with different clubs . And then with Portugal he has won the UEFA European Championship in 2016.
Ronaldo is the most decorated footballer still active today. No wonder he has Adidas as his lifetime sponsors and also have brand endorsement deals with Tag Heuer, Armani, and others. He has his active-wear clothing line; CR7 and he is a Real Estate mogul with several hotels as his personal property.
2. Lionel Messi
With a net worth of over 400 million dollars, Lionel Messi comes in at number 2 position on our list. This Argentine has been the face of Spanish football for over 15 years- a feat that does not come easy at all. Look at some of his accolades.
Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Balon d’ Or five times, he has been named UEFA Best Player in Europe, He has emerged La Liga top Scorer for 14 seasons, Champions League Winner on 5 occasions: 2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, and 2014/2015. He has also won the Spanish La Liga title with Barcelona 10 times, the FIFA Club World Cup 3 times, and has been UEFA Super Cup winner 3 times.
Sponsorship deals have been all over the place: EA Sports, Nike, Turkish Airlines, Pepsi and other known brands ensure that he will never go broke. But perhaps the biggest endorsement deal of all is the kind of love and adulation he receives at Barcelona. Lionel Messi has been the face of Barcelona and La Liga for over 15 years running.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The Giant Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic comes in at number 3 with over 200 million dollars in personal worth. While not as successful as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has established himself as a player of impeccable skill. He has made his presence felt everywhere he has gone: Ajax Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Juventus in Italy, Barcelona of Spain, Manchester United of England, and now the Major League Soccer which is the Premier League of America.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a global brand in football, and he has the endorsement deals to show for it. Nike, Volvo, Xbox 360, Nivea, and Dressman. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is so popular that he even patented his name in Sweden.
4. Neymar Jr
Mercurial Brazilian forward Neymar Jr comes in next with about 150 million dollars in personal worth. Neymar Jr is still young, and so he does not yet have the trophies or the personal awards to compare with either Ronaldo or Messi, but he has the moves. Neymar is adept at television goals, mesmerizing dribbles, general attacking play. He has conquered the Spanish La Liga, as well as the French Ligue 1.
His transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain in August 2017 for a fee of 222 million Euros makes him the most expensive footballer ever in the history of the game. He earns a reputed he is closely associated with the Nike brand.
5. Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney, former Manchester United, and England forward Wayne Rooney comes in next with 120 million dollars.
Wayne Rooney was once England’s poster boy after the retirement of superstar David Beckham. He has the real ability on the ball; power, positioning, pace, and shooting. The former Everton man was then made to carry the weight of England’s football aspirations on his shoulder- a load that proved too heavy for him to carry.
Not-with-standing Wayne Rooney has a few Premier League titles to boast of, some spectacular goals to brag about, a few hat-tricks to gloat about. These feats he performed first at Everton, then at Manchester United, again at Everton before jumping ship to MSL in America.
Nike and Samsung contribute over 10 million dollars to Wayne Rooney every year, and that adds to his wealth.
6. Ricardo Kaka
Ricardo Kaka, the embodiment of discipline, commitment, passion and grace, Ricardo Kaka comes next with a net worth of over 105 million dollars. Kaka is possibly the best player ever to play the attacking midfield role- Kaka won Everything: the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and the Ballon d’Or. He also has a plethora of domestic titles which he earned at AC Milan and Real Madrid.
With such a handsome face as he does, it would be a huge surprise if Ricardo Kaka did not have a few endorsements to make him rich. Ricardo Kaka makes his money from brands such as Adidas and more notably the United Nations Food Program, where he helps to raise awareness for the starving populations around the World.
7. Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard of Real Madrid and Belgium comes in next with a net worth of over 100 million dollars even though that figure is expected to rise sharply in the next few months as he is talking with Real Madrid for a very juicy contract.
Eden Hazard has built an imposing reputation for himself: he was a Bronze medalist at last year’s World Cup Russia 2018, he is has just won the Europa League 2018/2019 with Chelsea of England. Eden Hazard also received a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year, then took a step further by winning the Premier League’s Play-maker Award with his 15 assists for Chelsea FC in the English Premier League for the season 2018/2019.
No wonder everyone has taken notice of Eden Hazard. He has penned endorsement/ sponsorship deals with Nike, Topps, and Bischoff, Loftus Bakeries. The list is expected to get longer in the next few months.
8. Andres Iniesta
Coming in 8th on the richest footballers in the world, Andres Iniesta comes in next on our list with 86 million dollars in personal worth. Iniesta is a central midfield wonder who has firmly stamped his name in the history of F.C Barcelona, the Spanish La Liga, the UEFA Champions League, and World Football in general.
At his highest point, Andres Iniesta was without a doubt the best passer of the ball. He was a pivotal part of what has become Barcelona’s unique style of play: the Tikitaka, which involves stringing quick short passes together to dominate possession of the ball and frustrate their opponents.
He won the FIFA World Cup 2010, UEFA European Championship, La Liga Titles 9 Times, UEFA Champions League Title 4 times. How he managed to not win the Ballon d’Or remains a mystery.
Iniesta now plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan, He is one of the highest earners in the Japanese League, but most of his money was made while playing for Barcelona.
9. Sergio Ramos
Rugged and dependable Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos come in next on our list with 80 million dollars. Although he is quite a controversial personality, it must be stated that Sergio Ramos is quite successful.
Aside from domestic League titles, Ramos has won 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 2 European Championships with Spain, and one World Cup.
10. Gareth Bale
Real Madrid and Wales forward come in last on our list of the richest footballers in the world with a net worth in the region of 74 million dollars. According to some sources Gareth Bale was once the highest paid footballer when Real Madrid offered him a contract renewal. The deal is worth 150 million pounds over six years.
Gareth Bale is also one of the faces of Adidas with who he has a deal with that is worth 20 million pounds. Gareth Bale is the majority shareholder owner in Primesure Limited which is a company set up to manage his money and financial dealings.
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Worthy Mentions: The following people deserve a mention out of respect although they are no longer active footballers. David Beckham with over 450 million dollars, Dave Whelan with over 220 million dollars, Francesco Totti with 101.6 million dollars, and Pele with over 100 million dollars, and Samuel Eto’o with 95 million dollars.
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