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20 Richest Football Players in the World (2021)


Have you been wondering who the richest footballers or soccer players in the world are? Now is the time you cut that argument short and let your knowledge about the real facts vindicate you.

Therefore I have brought you in this article the top 20 richest soccer players in the world and their net worth. Now let us get the ball rolling.

Before we move on, I believe it will interest you to know that some of the richest people in the world are footballers.

The game of soccer so to say is a lucrative business for those in it. But the sport does not only require talent; it does require commitment, hard work, and luck. Yes luck: there are good players in remote places but it takes chance and luck to get them to the limelight.

Over 200 countries participate actively in the game of soccer. This invariably amounts to a good number of players.

Richest Soccer Players

All these players are in the football market, struggling to give their best. Meanwhile, there are millions of rich footballers, but among all these players there are ones who are the richest.

  1. FAIQ BOLKIAH Net Worth: $20 billion

You must be surprised; aren’t you? Well, Faiq Bolkiah is the world’s richest footballer. He totally displaced Christiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Faiq Bolkiah’s net worth is estimated to be up to $20 billion.

Faiq Jefri Bolkiah is a professional footballer who plays for Leicester City and the Brunei national team. He plays as a midfielder and winger.

He was born on 9th May 1998 in Los Angeles, California USA. Thus he is both an American and Brunei citizen. He is the son to the prince of Brunei Jefri Bolkiah and therefore the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah.

  1. CHRISTIANO RONALDO Net Worth: $450 million

Your heart must be at rest now. CR7 as the popular football star is known is the second on my list as the world’s richest football player. He is not just a player; he is also a businessman and a philanthropist for that matter.

Christiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese player who started his major football career with Sporting CP. Manchester United bought him afterward from where he now went to Real Madrid and then to Juventus.

Aside from that Christiano Ronaldo is a footballer; he has other side businesses that yield him good money. He has so many endorsements from notable international companies; he owns his own hotels, museum, and even fashion boutique. He also partners with companies to produce underwear, shoes, perfume, and shirts.

He has won many notable trophies and awards including being a five times winner of the Ballon d’Or. All these sum up to give CR7 his wealth. Therefore C. Ronaldo’s net worth is estimated to be $450 million.

  1. DAVID BECKHAM Net Worth: $450 million

David Beckham is an English retired professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid, Preston North End, and many others during his active years as a footballer.

David’s net worth currently is roughly $450 million making him the third richest soccer player in the world as at 2019.

During the years he was active in the sports, he won the English Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA championship once.

Currently, he is the President of Inter Miami CF and also the co-founder of Salford City, both football clubs.

  1. LIONEL MESSI Net Worth: $400 million

Lionel Messi, the Argentine player who currently plays for Barcelona FC is the next on this list. His net worth is estimated to be $400 million.

Lionel Messi has so many endorsements to his credit. These endorsements are with Adidas, Pepsi, Huawei, Gatorade and Hawkers. He has also won the Ballon d’Or five times and many other notable awards.

Lionel Messi was born on the 24th of June 1987 to Jorge Lionel in Rosario, Argentina.

  1. DAVE WHELAN Net Worth: $220 million

Dave Whelan is a retired professional English football player and one of the richest Football players in the world. He is retired but he played for England national team, Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandra during his active years in soccer.

He formerly owned the football club called Wigan Athletic and his current net worth is estimated to be $220 million.

  1. NEYMAR JR DA SILVA Net Worth: $350 million

Neymar is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Paris Saint Germain, in French League One. He was born on the 5th of February 1992 and his father’s name is Neymar Santos.

Neymar earns $22 million from endorsements from Nike, Volkswagen, Unilever, and many others. His net worth currently is estimated to reach $350 million.

Neymar has many awards both from his countryside and the club he plays for. He was awarded the South American Footballer of the year in 2011 and 2012. Neymar is still young and he is looked upon for greater achievements later in life.

  1. ALEXANDRE RODRIGUEZ DA SILVA Net Worth: $145 million

Alexandre Pato as he is commonly known is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Sao Paulo FC. He made his international debut in 2006 when he was just 16 years old.

His net worth is estimated to be $145 million, thus ranking next as the sixth world richest soccer player.

  1. WAYNE ROONEY Net Worth: $145 million

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Wayne Rooney, the former Manchester United player is the next on my list as the 7th richest footballer. He is an English professional player who is currently playing for D.C United. His net worth is estimated to be $145 million.

Wayne Rooney won the premier league title, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup. He made his first debut at the age of 16 years.

  1. GARETH BALE Net Worth: $125 million

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This is another rich professional footballer. He is a Welsh and he currently plays in the Spanish La Liga on the Real Madrid side. He is considered as one of the best footballers in the world.

His net worth estimated to be $125 million places him on the list as the 8th richest footballer in the world.

  1. FRANCESCO TOTTI  Net Worth: $101.6 million

Totti, as he is known, is a retired Italian professional footballer. Though he is retired, he is still pulling weight as one of the richest footballers.

Francesco Totti’s Net Worth is $101.6 million. This worth places him on this list as the 9th richest player in the world. Francesco Totti has won tow Coppa Italia and two Super Coppa Italiana titles.

  1. PELE  Net Worth: $100 million

The greatest footballer of all time and the Brazilian professional footballer, Pele is the 10th richest player.

Featuring in the Brazilian national team, Pele won three FIFA World Cups. Currently, he is retired with a net worth of $100 million.

  1. EDEN HAZARD Net Worth: $100 million

Eden Hazard is a professional Belgian footballer who currently plays for Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. He plays as an attacking midfielder both in his club and in the Belgian national team.

Hazard is worth $100 million making him the 11th richest player in the world.

  1. SAMUEL ETO’O Net Worth: $95 million

Samuel Eto’o is a professional Cameroonian footballer who played for Barcelona FC and the Cameroun national team. He currently plays for Qatar SC.

He is the 12th richest footballer for his net worth is $95 million. He won the La Liga trophy three times and also won the UEFA Champions League.

  1. KAKA Net Worth: $95 million

Kaka is a Brazilian professional footballer. He is retired now but when he was active on the pitch, Kaka played for the Italian club, A.C Milan and for his national team.

He won the FIFA Best Player of the Year, the Ballon d’Or, the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and some other remarkable awards.

Kaka’s net worth is $95 million, therefore, making it on my list as the 13th richest footballer in the world.

  1. DIDIER DROGBA Net Worth: $90 million

Didier Drogba is a Chelsea legend, an Ivorian retired professional footballer. He played as a striker in both Chelsea and the Ivory Coast national team.

Didier Drogba has won Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League. His current net worth is $90 million ranking him the 14th richest footballer in the world.

  1. ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC Net Worth: $90 million

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish professional soccer player. He plays as a forward for LA Galaxy and the Sweden national team. He also played for Manchester United.

He proved himself worthy as he represented his country at the World Cups.

Zlatan Ibrahimovich has many awards to his credit. His current net worth is $90 million. Therefore he occupies my list as the 15th richest player in the world.

  1. RONALDINHO Net Worth: $90 million

Ronaldinho, the Brazilian professional footballer who played for Barcelona and the Brazil national team as an attacking midfielder is the 16th richest footballer.

Ronaldinho is known for his great dribbling skills and recognized as one of the best players of his time. He currently has a net worth of about $90 million. He also won many titles during his most active years in football.

  1. ANDRES INIESTA Net Worth: $86 million

Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who played for Barcelona and the Spanish national team during his most active years as a player.

He is the 17th richest footballer having a net worth of $86 million. He also won many remarkable awards including nine La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and many others.

  1. SERGIO RAMOS Net Worth: $80 million

Sergio Ramos is currently a Real Madrid player who is known as a strong defender. He is a Spanish professional footballer who has so many trophies to his credit.

He has not only played for his club but has also represented the Spanish national team in World Cups.

Sergio Ramos makes it to my list as the 18th richest footballer, having a net worth of $80 million.

  1. ARJEN ROBBEN Net Worth: $80 million

This Dutch professional footballer is the 19th richest player. He played as a winger in the German club Bayern Munich. He is remarkably known for his great dribbling skills and speed.

He also has many awards attributed to him. He currently has a net worth of $80 million. Arjen Robben also played for Groningen when he was younger.

  1. WILLIAN Net Worth: $75 million

Willian is the 20th richest footballer. He is a professional Brazilian player who is currently making waves in the London based English club, Chelsea.

Willian played for Shakhtar and Corinthian. Playing as a winger or as an attacking midfielder, Willian has made tremendous achievements as a footballer. His current net worth is estimated to be $75 million.

Who do you think we omitted n the this list of Richest football players in the world? Share your own opinion in the comment section.

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