Who are the richest footballers in the world 2019 today? Here is our list of the 17 richest footballers in the world today. Number 1 will shock you!
Soccer is one of the highest paying professions in the world. It’s more than just about the passion, but about the money too. The sport is played in over 200 countries in the world and is the most popular sport in the world.
Given its popularity, there is no doubt that many footballers were able to grab some millions of dollars worth of contracts, endorsement deals with some sports associations and renowned teams. So, here is our list of the richest footballers in the world 2019.
Richest Footballers in the World
17. Sergio Ramos
Net Worth: $80 Million
Real Madrid central defender and winner of 5 Champions league titles, Sergio Ramos comes first on our list. As of 2019, the Spanish defender was estimated at $80 million dollars. Sergio Ramos has played in two European Championships and two World Cups, and he has also won two European championships and 1 World Cup. [Also Read: 17 Most Polluted Cities in the World]
16. Andres Iniesta
Net Worth: $86 Million
Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer and a Barcelona legend. He began his footballing career at the age of ten when he joined the Albacete youth squad. He led the U-15 Barcelona team to win in the Nike Premier Cup in 1999 and was named the player of the tournament. [Also Read: 17 Most Beautiful Places in South Africa ]
He had an incredible career at Barcelona, winning three Four Champions League titles and many other trophies. Andres Iniesta is estimated to be worth $86 million in 2019, making him the 16th richest soccer player in 2019.
15. Didier Drogba
Net Worth: $90 Million
Didier is my personal favourite African player. He is a Chelsea legend, and his goal against FC Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League Final in the 88th minute is one moment that will continue to live in the memory of many Chelsea supporters worldwide. [Also Read: Top 17 Richest People in Africa ]
Drogba is an Ivorian striker who was once named the Best African Player, he is worth around $90 Million.
14. Samuel Etoo
Net Worth: $95 Million
Etoo is not just one of Cameroon’s best and richest ever player, but Africa too. He currently plays for Qatar SC but has made some outstanding performers in major clubs like Barcelona, Chelsea, and Everton. [Also Read: Top 17 Most Beautiful Beaches in the world]
He is one striker loved by many Africans and all over the world too. He is worth approximately $95 million according to celebritynetworth.com.
13. Eden Hazard
Net Worth: $100 Million
Chelsea’s star player and Belgium’s forward, Eden Hazard is considerably one of the best players in the world currently and has an estimated net worth of $100 million. He joined Chelsea in 2012, and ever since then, his career took an uproar. [Also, Read: Top 17 Most Beautiful Female Celebrities in Nigeria]
Eden has won several trophies with Chelsea and several individual awards too, including the Player’s Player Choice Award, Best Player Award, Chelsea’s Best Player Award, and several other awards at the just concluded Premiership Campaign. He also helped Chelsea to their second Europa league title after 5 years.
12. Francesco Totti
Net Worth: $100 Million
Totti is an Italian football player who is also a former AS Roma player. He is one of the most famous and respected football players in Italy, plus, he is the top scorer in the Italian Seria A with 250 goals. He is estimated at $100 million. [Also Read: Top 17 Highest Grossing Nollywood Movies]
Net Worth: More than $100 Million
The Brazilian magician Ronaldinho is at number 10. He currently plays for Flamengo but didn’t make the list of the 2018 Brazilian World Cup Team. He is unarguable, one of the best ever football players of his generation. [Also Read: 17 Most Expensive Celebrity Houses In The World]
He is most revered for his incredible skills, dribbles, free kicks, passes, and overhead kicks. According to goal.com, he is worth about $103-129 million.
10. Ricardo Kaka
Net Worth: $105 Million
Another retiree on our list, Kaka, is at number 11. The former Brazilian midfielder is so famous his name has become a legend. He was most respected as one of the top footballers in his generation. Kaka’s football career took a halt in 2016 but is still one of the richest footballers in the world, with a net worth at $105 million. [Also Read: 17 Richest Footballers in the World]
9. Gareth Bale
Net Worth: $125 Million
The Welsh man is currently the richest player and top goal scorer of his country. Plus, his wealth seems to be growing each year. The Real Madrid skipper is estimated to worth $125 million. [Also, Read: 17 Lovely Birthday Messages to Send to Your Loved Ones]
8. Alexandre Pato
Net Worth: $145 Million
According to data retrieved from therichest.com, the Brazilian Forward is currently worth $145 million. Alexandre Pato was a former AC Milan, Inter Milan, Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Chelsea, Villareal, and Tianjin Tianhai player but currently plays for Sao Paulo as a forward. [Also Read: 17 Most Expensive Animals in the World – Which Can You Afford?]
7. Wayne Rooney
Net Worth: $160 Million
Wayne Rooney is the second English player to our list of the top richest footballers of 2019. The Manchester United legend is one of the best players to have ever played in the prestigious English Premier League, winning a total of 16 trophies(including 5 premier league titles, the FA Cup, and Champions League), scoring 253 goals for the club. [Also Read: Top 17 Most Beautiful Beaches in the world You Need to Visit Before You Die!]
Making him the all-time-highest goal scorer for Manchester United. He was on the Forbe’s list of the 100 Richest Paid Athletes in 2018 but is currently worth $160 million.
6. Neymar Jnr
Net Worth: $185 Million
Neymar Jnr, a player with a unique, incredible, and unusual style of play is at number 5 as the richest football player in the world. The Brazilian Forward is known for his fancy footwork on the pitch with the ball, and currently plays for the French Ligue 1 top dogs, Paris St. Germain. Considered one of the best players in the world, Neymar is estimated to be worth $185 Million.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Net Worth: $190 Million
The Swedish superstar player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also in the top 17 richest footballers in the world, and he made it to the top 5. He is famous across Europe and has played for some of the major clubs in all of Europes’ top 5 leagues.
Zlatan currently plays for the American side, LA Galaxy. He has also won major titles including FIFA, UEFA, and other many prestigious awards. Zlatan is a man of few words, and many too.
He is one player who brags about his game and still delivers, proving his haters wrong. He is estimated to be $190 Million dollars rich.
4. Lionel Messi
Net Worth: $400 Million
Lionel is considered a ‘Magician’ when it comes to the sport of soccer. Some even describe him as the ‘god of football’, but nonetheless, the Argentine Forward is the third richest player on the planet. The Barcelona legend is simply outstanding when he’s on the pitch and has made some unbelievable plays of the pitch as well.
Like Ronaldo, Lionel is also a 5-time winner of the Ballon d’Or title. Besides this prestigious award, Lionel has also won several other outstanding prizes which include World Cup Golden Ball, 5 European Golden Shoes Titles, and many other FIFA and UEFA awards.
3. David Beckham
Net Worth: $450 Million
The former England Midfielder, although retired, is still on the list of the top 17 richest footballers in the world, and sits at number 3 spot.
David Beckham, in his 20-years-long career which ended 5 years ago, played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Preston North End, Paris St. Germain, and the England National Team. He is estimated to worth the same amount as Ronaldo at $450 million. He is also among the most handsome men in the world
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Net Worth: $450 Million
Cristiano Ronaldo is not just a big name in the sport for winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or, Best Players Award, UEFA and FIFA, 4 Golden Shoe titles and a lot of other amazing prizes, He is also the second richest football player in the world.
His name is famous and influential. He has over 150 million followers on his Instagram account, which could explain his incredible endorsement deals with the world’s top brands like Nike, EA Sports, Herbalife, and many others. He has an estimated net worth of $450 million.
1. Faiq Bolkiah
Net Worth: $20 Billion
I know you were expecting the richest footballer to be either the likes of Ronaldo, or Messi, or even Neymar. Not, it’s not any of these great players. Matter of fact, it’s a name you probably never even heard of. His name is Faiq Bolkiah.
The 20-year-old nephew of the Sultan of Brunei. Although, not much is known about this enigmatic youngster, and since he hasn’t really made any top-flight appearance, plus his wealth is not as a result of the sport but family and inheritance, why should be considered to be considered the richest footballer in the world? Well, Bolkiah, even though he is yet to make a top-flight appearance, has made several appearances for the south side of clubs like Southampton, Arsenal, Chelsea, and is currently at Leicester City, where he serves as a reserve player.
He is estimated to be worth a whopping $20 billion, that’s more than the total of all the players listed here.