The world of sports is a world of money, Fame and influence. Amongst the world’s top richest individuals, sportsmen are well-represented. The bulk of the money involved in sports comes from TV coverage, commercial deals, and of course wages earned. At the very top of the ladder, sportspeople earn astronomical amounts, by just doing what they love to do.
Amongst all the top earning sports, football stands out. Football is really a big business. In fact, it is among the most lucrative sports on Earth. The major distinguishing factor that makes football a more lucrative sport than other sports is this: in football, many individuals earn big. This is because, there can be many stars in the game, not just a select few. This is much unlike what is obtainable in other sports, where one or two persons rule the day and get the lion’s share and can dominate for as long as they wish. In football, there is room for as many individuals as are competent enough and can prove themselves on the big stage.
Another reason why football is the most lucrative sport on Earth is that, in recent times, many foreign investors have begun to invest heavily in the sport, having recognized its huge economic potential. Money-rich individuals and corporations have begun to buy over football clubs, and they have begun pumping funds into their respective clubs in a bid to get them up to the highest possible level of excellence.
One may ask, why exactly do companies and brands invest in football? Here are two major reasons:
One: A game of football offers brands the largest exposure to their followers. This comes via the inscription of the Brand’s name and/or logo on the club’s jerseys, which they wear during matches. Everyone who comes to see the game – and the millions that follow online and on other media platforms – would eventually get to see the brand inscription on the jerseys of the players. That is publicity! Among those who watch the games and see the brand insignia are those who will need the products or services the companies or brands are offering.
They can get their customers and even potential clients to search them out for business, all from a game of football!
Two: companies also like to have their stakes in football clubs, as the sport appears to appreciate in value every year; hence they invest because they know that their investment will increase in subsequent years, which will yield profit.
So, for these two reasons, football is arguably the world’s most lucrative sport.
Now, who are the richest footballers? That is exactly what we want to investigate. It is quite difficult to come up with a list of the richest footballers, as they are very many. The influx of foreign investors into the game, coupled with the natural appreciation in value of the sport has made almost all stakeholders rich in a short time. However, in this post, we delve into the top ten richest footballers on Earth today.
Most of them on this list are well-known, as they make their money from endorsement deals with major world corporations and heavy weekly wages; while some, in addition to these two sources, make their money from other investments that they maintain.
Now, without further ado, here is the list of the top ten richest footballers, starting from the tenth on our list.
#10. Samuel Eto’o Fils
This Camerounian legend has played in many of the popular football leagues on the planet. He has plied his trade as a center forward with top clubs like Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea FC, and Real Madrid. At some point in his illustrious career, he also played for Sampdoria (Italy), Mallorca (Spain), Anzhi M. (Russia), and also Everton of England. Up until he was released recently, he was on the books for Turkish side Antalyspor FC.
Samuel Eto’o is one of the most decorated African players. He is worth an estimated £43 million.
#9. Sergio Kün Aguero
Sergio Aguero is one of the most popular footballers of this time. He is from Argentina. Aguero is known to be a predatory striker with a Keen eye for goals and clinical touches. At Manchester City, he is one of the best strikers, having scored over 200 goals since he first signed for the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
He is currently worth a total of £57 million. Most of his earnings comes from the huge wages he earns at Man City.
#8. Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is one of the richest footballers in the world today. He is from Uruguay, and also plies his trade for Spanish Giants Barcelona FC. He is one of the best strikers in world football. He is worth £65 million.
#7. Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is one of England’s most decorated footballers. He started his career at a very early age and has since gone on to represent England at the highest level. He spent some time with Everton FC and West Ham United before he moved to Manchester United. After several seasons at United, he headed back to Everton. He is currently worth £70 million.
#6. Oscar Dos Santos Emboamba Junior
Oscar, as he is popular known as, is one of the finest players to have emerged from Brazil. Despite his slender stature, he possesses a deft touch and strength that betrays his appearance. He currently plays for Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese super league, having left Chelsea in a big money move. He has also represented Brazil in competitions. He is worth £83 million, due to the massive wages he receives at his club.
#5. Paul Pogba Labile
Paul Pogba is a young phenomenal footballer. His transfer from Juventus to Manchester United was once the world’s most expensive transfer. He plays for the France national team and was an integral part of the team that won the 2018 world cup in Russia. His earnings come from massive wages at Manchester United, as well as lucrative endorsements with Adidas and a couple of other companies. He is worth £91 million.
#4. Gareth Bale
This fleet-footed Welshman is arguably one of the finest footballers in the world of football. He grew through the ranks at English premier league side Tottenham FC, and eventually made a big money move to Real Madrid. He is from Wales, and he plays as a winger, terrorizing opposition defences with his direct running, dribbling, speed and eye for goal. He is worth some £103 million.
#3. Neymar Da Silva Santos Jnr.
Neymar Jnr is a Brazilian footballer. He is well known for his speed, tricks and dribbling. He is also a proven goalscorer for both club and country. He started out his football career in his native Brazil before he rose to recognition with Boca Juniors. Afterwards, spanish Giants Barcelona snapped him up for a good fee, and he immediately formed a fearsome strike partnership with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The trio came to be known as ‘MSN’ – meaning Messi-Suarez-Neymar. However, last year he signed for French league giants PSG in a world record fee, and he has since been shining for the club. He recently played a part in Brazil’s 2018 world cup outing in Russia. Most of his earnings come from his huge wage package at PSG, and from endorsement deals with Red Bull, Gilette and Nike, among others. He is worth a huge £185 million.
#2. Lionel Messi
Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini is the second richest footballer in the world today. He is the gem of Barcelona, having played his entire career with the Catalan club. His salary alone dwarfs the yearly income of most of his contemporaries in the world of football, and he is also into a number of lucrative endorsements and investments worldwide. He is an accomplished real estate investor, both in Spain and in Argentina. He is worth £230 million!
#1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro is the richest footballer on the planet, and amongst the richest sportsmen alive today. He is from Portugal, and also plies his trade for Juventus FC – having recently departed from Real Madrid. His career is loaded with several trophies and medals, both at the personal level and at the team level. He has won the Balloon D’Or five times, and he has been the top goal scorer in the Spanish La Liga several times. Much of his earnings come from his massive wages at Juventus, and from endorsement deals and investments. Ronaldo is a known investor in real estate. He also runs a chain of businesses including Hotels, Gyms, Fashion lines and clothing outlets, Jewellery and etcetera, all bearing his trademark ‘CR7’ brand. He is reportedly worth a massive £250 million, making him the richest footballer on Earth!