Top 10 Richest Soccer Players in World, Richest Footballer

It should not come as a surprise that the world’s 10 richest footballers are also among the very best in the game. After all, it is the performance on the field which makes them the highest-paid footballers commanding salaries and brand endorsements amounting to millions of dollars.

There is, of course, the fact that this is football — a very lucrative sport where millions of dollars ride in the form of brand sponsorships and broadcasting rights across national leagues and international levels. Its worldwide fan-following dwarfs all other active sports, which is why many of its players are often seen as demigods in some regions.

Thanks to the money riding on it and mega tournaments, such as FIFA World Cup, football is one of the world’s most watched sports nowadays.


Net Worth: $125 million

Gareth Frank Bale Nationality is Wales and His Net Worth: $125 million Bale Clubs played – Tottenham Hotspur & Real Madrid Gareth Frank Bale born 16 Julie 1989 is a Welsh footballer who plays for the La Liga club Real Madrid and plays for the Wales national team as a winger. Bale plays as a right-winger. His salary at Real Madrid is £15 million with Real Madrid and earns an estimated £10 million per year from endorsements.

9. Alexandre Pato

Net Worth: $145 million

Alexandre Pato Net Worth: $145 million and his Nationality is Brazilian Alexandre  Club: São Paulo Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva is born 2 September 1989, commonly known as Alexandre Pato ([ˈpatu]) or just Pato, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward. He is currently a free agent, having most recently played for São Paulo FC. He may have never quite hit the career heights expected of him, but he still managed to wear the prestigious club colours of the Rossoneri, Villarreal, and Chelsea. A big-money move to China with Tianjin Tianhai in 2017, saw the striker net a six-figure salary. All this, in addition to a salary from current club  São Paulo, apparently brought in a cool  $46 million across the last year.

8. Wayne Rooney

Net Worth: $160 million

Wayne Rooney Nationality is England and his Net Worth: $160 million Clubs played – Everton, Manchester United, DC United, Derby County. Wayne Mark Rooney born 24th Oct 1985 is an English professional footballer and captain for Championship club Derby County. He has played much of his career as a forward, and he has also been used in various midfield roles. Widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation, Rooney is the record goalscorer for both the England national team and Manchester United.

7. Neymar

Net Worth $105 million

Neymar’s net worth is estimated to be at least Net Worth $105 million—around 70% from his salary as the star forward for Paris Saint-Germain, and the rest from endorsements. Neymar is a Brazilian soccer player, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is one of the wealthiest athletes in the world.  Neymar born 5 Feb 1992, known as Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is widely considered one of the best players in the world.

6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Net Worth $195 million

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Net Worth $195 million as of 2020. Zlatan Ibrahimovic born 3 Oct 1981 is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Zlatan Ibrahimovic height 1.95 m and He is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Ibrahimović is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation. He is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world, having won 31 trophies in his career

5. David Whelan

Net Worth: $460 million

David Whelan Nationality is Portugal and his Net Worth: $460 million David Whelan Clubs played – Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid & Juventus David Whelan born 24 November 1936 is an English former footballer. During his football career, he played for Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandra. Whelan is the former owner of Football League Championship club Wigan Athletic, having also been the chairman of the club for twenty years, before passing the position over to his grandson, David Sharpe, who eventually passed the ownership over to International Entertainment Corporation. He is also the owner of the DW Stadium, home to Football League Championship Football club Wigan Athletic and Rugby League club Wigan Warriors.

4. Lionel Messi

Net Worth: $400 million

Lionel Messi Nationality is Argentina Net Worth: $400 million Lionel Messi Clubs played – FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi has been awarded both FIFA’s Player of the Year and the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the continent a record six times. His current Barcelona contract is through 2020-21 and pays him over $80 million annually. He also has a lifelong deal with Adidas. This year he earned around $104m which includes $32 from endorsements and $72m as wages or winnings. Some of his endorsements are Adidas, Lays, Gatorade, Huawei, Mastercard, and Pepsi.

3. David Beckham

Net Worth: $450 million

David Beckham Nationality is England and his Net Worth: $450 million David Beckham Clubs played – Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan & PSG David Beckham is an English former professional footballer, the current president & co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national team, for which he held the appearance record for an outfield player until 2016. He is the first English player to win league titles in four countries: England, Spain, the United States, and France. He retired in May 2013 after a 20-year career, during which he won 19 major trophies. He has represented brands such as Pepsi, Calvin Klein, Adidas, Vodafone, and Gillette in the past for endorsements.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Net Worth: $460 million

Cristiano Ronaldo Nationality is Portugal and his Net Worth: $460 million Cristiano Ronaldo Clubs played – Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid & Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo born 5 Feb 1985 is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo has won five Ballons d’Or and four European Golden Shoes, both of which are records for a European player. He also earns $45m from brand endorsements of Nike and Herbalife. He also has his own CR7 brand. In 2016 Ronaldo signed a $1 billion lifetime deal with Nike, with a $100 million signing bonus.

1. Faiq Bolkiah

Net Worth: $20 billion

Faiq Bolkiah Nationality is Brunei his Net Worth: $20 billion Faiq Bolkiah Clubs played – Leicester City, Faiq Bolkiah is the richest footballer on the earth. Faiq Jefri Bolkiah born 9 May 1998 is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Brunei national team. He serves as the captain of the national team. He is the son of the Prince of Brunei and the nephew of Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. This is how he puts the likes of Jordan, Woods, Ronaldo behind him in terms of wealth.