Football rather soccer is one of the most popular games in the world having around almost 4 billion fans globally.With such kind of fans you can bet there millions of dollars that exchange hands in clubs, fans, sponsors, and other stakeholders every day. Professional prayers here earn millions of dollars each week a good example is Carlos Tevez earning £615,000-per-week, Oscarearning £400,000-per-week, Cristiano Ronaldo£365,000-per-week among others who are earning unimaginable amount.so among the many legends, iconic football players we already know whom among them is the richest of them all. Well here is a list of the top 10 richest football players we have in the world
10) Bastian Schweinsteiger – Net Worth $ 90 million
Fourth most capped football player of all time in Germanywho has represented his country since 2004 to 2016 and currently a midfielder player at MLS club Chicago Fire is one of the richest footballers in the world. Though Schweinsteiger has retired from playing international football he will always be remembered for his active role in FIFA World Cup 2006, 2010, and 2014 where Germany was placed third place.Regarding his club career Schweinsteigerhas played for Bayern Munich since 1998- 2015 and since then he has been a player at Manchester united until 20th march 2017 before moving to Chicago fire.At the individual level he has been honoured with an with a Bambi Award in 2016, footballer of the year Germany 2013, FIFA world cup most assists 2010, SilbernesLorbeerblatt award 2006/ 10/ 14.
9) Ronaldinho – Net Worth $91 million
Regarded as one of the best footballers in our times Ronaldo de Assis Moreira also known Ronaldinho is a Brazilian professional football player and also currently the FC Barcelona club ambassador. Normaly he has been playing in two positions attacking midfielder and a forward all through his career. The footballer is most famous for free kicks, dribbling, tricks and other amazing techniques. Some of the clubs Ronaldinho has played in are Gremio, paris Saint Germain, Bercelona, Milan, Flamengo, AtléticoMineiro, Querétaro, and Fluminense. As an individual Ronaldinho has been honoured with numerous awards such as FIFA World Player of the Year 2004/ 05, Ballon d’Or 2005 ,Onze d’Or 2005, Golden Foot 2009, Bola de Ouro2012, Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame, FIFA World Player of the Year Bronze award 2006 among other numerous awards.
8) Samuel Eto’o – Net Worth $96 million
The son of Africa is one of the richest players in the game of football. His wealth is sparked by the fact he is a great player who not only has done well with international clubs but also is the most decorated player in Africa. Eto’s has won the African Player of the year Award four times, won a Golden Foot in 2015, won Globe Soccer Player Career Award in 2016, named the African cup of nations top scorer, took home FIFA Club World Cup: Golden Ball in 2010 among other honorary awards. Today he is a player at Antalyaspor Turkish club but he has played for teams such as Sampdoria, Everton, Chelsea, Anzhi Makhachkala, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Mallorca, and Real Madrid.
7) Raul Gonzales– Net Worth $100 million
Though retired once a footballer always remains one. Raul was one of the best footballers in Spain and Real Madrid club. He left a legacy that not many have been able to achieve what he has achieved. Some of the teams Raul has played for during his career are New York Cosmos, Al Sadd, Schalke 04, Real Madrid and some Youth Clubs.in his country Spain he second most capped player, highest Spanish scorer in European leagues and fifth highest scorer in the history of La Liga.
6) Kaka – Net Worth $107 million
The attacking Midfielder is one of the richest football professional we have today. He is a player with Brazil national team and MLS club Orlando City. Before joining Orlando city Kaka has played for Sao Paulo,Milan and Real Madrid. Some of the notable individual awards Kaka has won are Serie A Footballer of the Year 2004/7, UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year2005, Ballon d’Or 2007, Onze d’Or 2008, Samba d’Or 2008, FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball 2009 among others.
5) Wayne Rooney – Net Worth $ 113 million
Rooney one of the backbone key players of Manchester united club and England national team is one of the richest fellows in the game. He plays as a forward and midfielder positions in Manchester united and England national team and captains both teams as well. All through his career Rooney has just played for three teams that’s Everton 1994-2002, Merseyside club 2002 -2004 and Manchester united 2004 up to date. Over that period Rooney has been recognized as one of the greatest players of our time and records such as all-time scorer of Manchester united and England national team among other individual honours stands as evidence of his greatness and prowess.
4) Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Net Worth $115 million
The for captain and a team player of Sweden national team who has now retired from international football and a forward to Manchester united club is also among the richest professional footballers we have today. Zlatan is one of the best strikers we have on the planet and second most decorated active footballer in the planet today with his cabinet having 32 trophies. Before joining Manchester united on July 2016 Ibrahimović has played for other several teams among them Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Milan, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain. Today the man is regarded the third best player in the world.
3) Neymar – Net Worth $150 million
One of the world’s most prominent sportsmen and a popular player as well is the forward of Spanish club F.C Barcelona and captain of Brazil national team. The combination of Neymar, Messi and Suarez has just made Barcelona one of the best teams in the world a team hard to beat. Before joining Barcelona on May 2013 Neymar has played for Santos FC since 2003 and won many individual and club awards with the team. Some of the awards are 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Shoe, 2014 FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot, 2011 Brazilian Golden Ball,2012 Bola de Ouro among others
2) Lionel Messi – Net Worth $350 million
A man with 88 million Facebook fans, 68 million Instagram followers, and considered as the world’s best player and the greatest of all time is one of the world’s richest footballers. Leo Messi plays for Argentina national team and F.C Barcelona as a forward a position that has elevated him to the legend he is today. His success can only be measured using his trophy cabinet and among what is stored in there is 5 FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, 3 European Golden Shoes, 2 FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball, 1 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball, 3 FIFPro Young World Player of the Year, 8 La Liga titles, 4 Copa Del Rey titles, 4 UEFA Champions League titles among many other awards and record breaking achievements.
1.Cristiano Ronaldo – Net Worth $400 million
Just like Messi Christiano is not only the richest but also one of the most popular footballers in the world today. To attest this claim he has over 120 million Facebook fans, 96 million Instagram fans and 51 million twitter followers. He is also regarded as the best player in the world, the greatest of all time and he has a record to show it. Christiano trophy cabinet consists of awards, record breaking, and achievements some of which are 2016 FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot, 2016, FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball, 4 European Golden Shoe, 2 Ballon d’Or, 2 FIFA Ballon d’Or, Premier League Golden Boot 2008, UEFA Champions League top scorer 5 times, UEFA Euro All Time XI, and among other world Europe, Spain, real Madrid records. Though currently Cristiano plays for Real Madrid he has been a player in Sporting CP, and Manchester United.