Top 10 wealthiest footballers in the world
Based on active footballers revenue from sponsorships, wages, and bonuses, Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest footballer on the planet with a personal fortune of €210m. He is followed closely by Lionel Messi on €200m.
The difference between Ronaldo and Messi was closer the previous year, but Ronaldo gained extra bonuses for winning the 2014 Ballon d’Or and was critical in Real Madrid’s Champions League and Club World Cup wins. Last year was not the best for Messi who admitted recently that 2014 was a bad year for him and his team Barcelona. Both failed to win a major trophy.
Third on the list is Messi’s team mate Neymar whose personal wealth comes in at a cool €135m. He gained the bulk of this fortune from his transfer from Santos to Barcelona.
PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in fourth spot with a fortune of €105m. At one stage he was the most expensive footballer in the world on total transfer fees.
Wayne Rooney comes in at fifth on the list with an amassed personal fortune of €103m. All top 5 players have huge sponsorship deals.
The next five on the list are in the twilight of their careers. In sixth place is Kaka who currently plays for Orlando City SC. Next is Samuel Eto’o who plays for U.C. Sampdoria, Raul for New York Cosmos, Ronaldinho for Querétaro, and Frank Lampard who plays for Manchester City.
Top 10 list of wealthiest players with their personal fortune:
- Cristiano Ronaldo €210m / £152m / $231m
- Lionel Messi €200m £145m / $221m
- Neymar €135m / £97.9m / $150m
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic €105m / £76.1m / $116m
- Wayne Rooney €103 / £74.6m / $113.72m
- Kaka €96m / £69.6m / $106.10m
- Samuel Eto’o €87m / £63.1m / $96.19m
- Raul €85.14m / £61.6m / $93.90m
- Ronaldinho €83.20m / £60.2m / $91.77m
- Frank Lampard €80m / £58m / $88.41m
It must be noted that older players on this list including Cristiano Ronaldo have had more years to amass their fortunes while younger players have more chance to rise higher on the list in the future as transfer fees and sponsorship deals continue to rise.