Football is the most watched sport in the world and broadcasted in more than 200 countries across the world. Footballers are considered to be the most Paid Athletes and the reason is the contract with their respective club alongside sponsorships and endorsement’s deal they get because of their name and fame, achieved during their career.
Football leagues like Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, etc are followed Globally and the reason most of the times is not the club but the star player that is Associated to the team. These richest soccer players in the world are rich only because of their Fans and followers as they are loved and followed passionately. In this 21st Century, footballers are treated not less than a celebrity because of the talent and skills they possess and which is so pleasing to the eye. These Footballers are nowhere hidden in the world and are a well-known face as youth icon worldwide. Let’s take a look at the valuation of World’s Top 10 Richest Footballers 2016.
10. Frank Lampard (Net worth: $90 million)
Englands legend midfielder Frank Lampard the all-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea. Lampard has served Chelsea for 13 consecutive years and his last Premier league days went with Manchester City. Lampard is now playing with the New York City FC as Centre Midfielder in the MLS league. Earning from his Brand endorsements Nike and Adidas Lampard’s Net worth is estimated up to $90 million.
9. Ronaldinho (Net Worth: $93 million)
Playing as an Attacking winger and a Solo forward Ronaldinho is one of the most Popular Footballer in the World. Ronaldinho has started his football career as a freestyle footballer and has that Dribbling power which is surely a God-Gift talent that he possess. Ronaldinho has played 97 matches and scored 33 goals for the Brazil national team.
Ronaldinho has played 97 matches and scored 33 goals for the Brazil national team. Started playing for small clubs like Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro, and Querétaro Ronaldinho has made to the Big Clubs like AC Milan and Barcelona. With around $93 million net worth, he is one of the world’s richest soccer players.
8. Raul (Networth: $95 million)
The Retired Spanish forward ‘Raul’ has spent 16 years of his golden career playing for Los Blancos and is the club’s second all-time top goalscorer with 323 goals.In La Liga competitions, Raúl is the fifth highest goal scorer in the history of the tournament with 228 goals, behind Lionel Messi, Telmo Zarra and fellow Real Madrid legend Hugo Sánchez
Making €7 million a year while serving for Real Madrid and having a Charm while endorsing top brands of the era Raul’s Net Worth is estimated around $95 million.
7. Samuel Eto (Net worth: $98 million)
World’s Most Successful African Footballer Samuel Eto who currently plays for the Turkish club Antalyaspor. The Cameroon international has won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. He was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005.
Eto’o scored over 100 goals in five seasons with Barcelona and is also Cameroon’s all-time leading scorer and third most capped player, with 56 goals. Also served Clubs like Everton and Inter in his career Eto’s Net worth is estimated around $98 million.
6. Kaka (Net Worth: $108 million)
The Brazillian star who began his career at São Paulo FC at the age of 8. At an international level, Kaká made his debut for the Brazil national team in 2002 and was selected for their victorious World Cup squad that year, as well as the 2006 and 2010 tournaments. Kaka was also a member of Brazil’s 2005 and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup-winning squads, winning the Golden Ball Award in the 2009 edition, as the tournament’s best player.
Ricardo Kaka has 70 goals in 190 appearances for AC Milan playing for the Italians 2003-2009 and playing for Real Madrid 2009-13 scoring 23 goals in 85 goals and again return to Milan for his sent off. Kaka’s Net worth was estimated up to $108 million in the year 2016.
5. Wayne Rooney (Net Worth: $112 million)
The England International is currently playing for Manchester United as a Forward. Beginning the club career from Everton, Rooney is the Richest Footballer in the Premier league. Rooney has won the England Player of the Year award four times, in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015.
Rooney is England’s all-time record goalscorer and joint second most-capped player after David Beckham. Rooney has 117 goals in 369 appearances for the Red Devils and his estimated Net Worth is around $112 million.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Net Worth: $114 million)
The Sweedish International is the all-time leading goalscorer with 62 goals and is also the most capped Swedish player as well. The star striker recently joined Manchester United as a Free agent from PSG. Zlatan’s latest sponsorship deals with Nivea, Xbox, Volvo, and Dressman and lot more.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the world’s only player who has played for most football clubs Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United. Zlatan’s Net Worth in 2016 is estimated up to $114 million which makes him one of the richest footballers in the world.
3. Neymar ( Net Worth: $148 million)
The youngest star of the Football Fraternity ‘Neymar jr’ is the Brazilian international who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona. In this young age, the 24-year-old is tied up with brands likeNike, Panasonic, Volkswagen, Red Bull, and much more. With 46 goals in 70 matches for Brazil, Neymar is the 5th highest goalscorer for his national team.
The youngest champ is estimated to be valued at a Net Worth of $148 million in 2016.
2. Lionel Messi (Net Worth: $218 million)
The Argentinian International with his exceptional dribbling skills is known to the world. Absolute clinical striker for Barcelona FC since the start Messi has Earned achievements which none other footballers in the world has.
Messi is the only football player in history to win five FIFA Ballons d’Or, four of which he won consecutively, and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes. With Catalans Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, as well as four Copas del Rey.
Messi earns $50 million a year from the Catalans. Messi does Endorsements with the brand likes Adidas, Samsung, Gillette, Gatorade, and Dolce & Gabbana and was recently made the Global Ambassador of Tata Motors in 2015 which was estimated a 200crore deal for 5 years. Messi’s Net worth in 2016 is estimated around $218 million.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Net Worth: $230 million)
The Charming Cristiano Ronaldo has the most number of endorsements and he is the highest paid player in the world. The Portuguese International led his nation to 2016 finals in Euro Cup and is Associated with top brands of the world. Los Blancos pays him €18.2 million per year.
In 2016 Forbes named Ronaldo the world’s best paid athlete. CR7 is Los Blanco’s current top scorer with 260 goals in 236 appearances and his Net Worth in 2016 is Valued worth $230 million making him the richest footballer in the world. We wish him a Constant Career Success!