We are used to hearing that football involves a lot of money, but we don’t really get an idea of how true this statement is.
In the following list, you can see how the 10 richest football players have a combined fortune over 2 billion dollars thanks to their football career.
Football has the maximum number of fans. Even people who are not fond of it so much, start betting at http://20bet.com/prematch during essential matches. Yet, others become professionals in this sport. Here are the richest athletes in 2021.
- Paul Pogba, $85 Million
The MJ midfielder has had some playing problems at the club of late, which does not prevent him from earning nearly $15 million a year at Manchester City. And also not forgetting his contract with the sports brand Adidas.
- Eden Hazard, $100 Million
Real Madrid paid $110 million for Hazard in the summer of 2019 and rolled out a salary of nearly three million dollars a month for the player. The contract was signed for five years. In addition to his primary income, Eden Hazard has sponsorship contracts with Nike, Topps and Electronics Arts.
- Andres Iniesta, $120 Million
One of the best players in soccer history left Europe two years ago and moved to the Japanese championship. For a second, on a salary of $20 million a year. The midfielder has a contract with the Japanese shoe brand Asics, and he also owns a winery called Minuto 116. It was at 116 that Iniesta scored in the 2010 World Cup final for Spain.
- Gareth Bale, $125 Million
The recent years for the midfielder were not very pleasant. He eventually left Real Madrid and returned to his native Tottenham. In Spain, his salary was about three million dollars a month. In addition to contracts with Adidas, Nissan, Konami and Lucozade, the Welshman has a business on the side. More specifically, a chain of sports bars and restaurants in his native Cardiff called Elevens.
- Wayne Rooney, $160 Million
The former England striker made a great fortune during his career, including a glimpse into the American MLS league for a few seasons. At the time, he was one of the highest-paid players in the world. In 2020, Rooney ended his career and became a coach with nearly $200 million in his account.
- Neymar, $185 Million
Three and a half million dollars a month. With such a fat contract at PSG, Neymar easily endures any conflicts in life. Promotional contracts and other nice bonuses make the Brazilian in our ranking the fifth richest player of our time.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $190 Million
One of Europe’s best strikers in history continues to play. It would seem that his trip to America is the final chord in his career. But no – a year ago he returned to AC Milan and seriously strengthened the team. By the way, Zlatan is almost 40 years old, but he is still very good. Sponsorship deals with Nike, Nivea, Microsoft Xbox ads and Vitamin Well are a nice addition to his salary.
- Cristiano Ronaldo, $450 Million
Ronaldo at Juventus earns $35 million a month. Until recently, it was believed that the Portuguese surpassed his rival in wealth due to numerous advertising contracts.
- Lionel Messi, $700 Million
Messi is a genius. And genius should pay well. The total income under contract with the Catalans is about 100 million dollars a year (according to the latest media reports). In addition to a huge salary the Argentine has other sources of income. For example, the player has permanent contracts with Adidas, Pepsi, MasterCard and Huawei. Not to mention one-off deals with the company Lays or Turkish Airlines.
- Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, $20 Billion
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder played for England’s Leicester City youth team with a salary of only $1,000 a week. Now he plays for Portugal’s Maritimo. Where did the $20 billion come from? It’s simple. His father Jeffrey Bolkiah is a prince of Brunei and his uncle is a real sultan. Brunei is famous for its oil fields. The ruling dynasty is unrealistically rich.