Who are the richest soccer players? Soccer players are most celebrated for their achievements in the game. The goals, the assists, the trophies, and individual awards are one of the many matrices for measuring a successful playing career. However, seeing that some footballers go broke after their retirement for some reasons such as poor financial management, we feel it is important to know the net worth of both former and present players. Here are the top 10 richest soccer players in 2019.
Richest footballer in the world 2019
Richest player in the world 2019
Top 10 richest footballer in the world 2018
Top 10 richest footballer in the world 2019
Richest footballer 2019
CRISTIANO RONALDO- $450 MILLION
Ronaldo takes number one on our list of richest soccer players. The Juventus forward began his career with Sporting CP in Portugal spending one season with the first team before moving to Manchester United in 2003. He spent six years at Old Trafford scoring 84 goals in 196 league appearances before moving to Real Madrid in 2009 for a world-record fee. He left Real Madrid as the greatest goalscorer of all time with 311 goals in 292 Liga games. Ronaldo is also UEFA Champions League all-time top scorer with over 120 goals.
DAVID BECKHAM-$450 MILLION
Another former Manchester United player is number two on our list of richest soccer players. Beckham was part of the famous United’s class of ’92 that included Scholes, the Neville brothers, and others. After 62 goals in 265 league appearances, Beckham moved to Real Madrid as a galactico. He made over 100 league appearances for the Spanish side scoring 13 goals. He also starred for LA Galaxy and AC Milan before retiring with PSG in 2013 after 10 league appearances that yielded no goals.
LIONEL MESSI-$400 MILLION
Ronaldo’s eternal rival takes the third spot. Messi is one of the richest soccer players with his $400 million net worth. Currently the highest paid footballer Messi has been a consistent performer since he made his professional debut. He is Barcelona and Argentina’s all-time top scorer. He presently has a lucrative lifetime deal with Addidas. His other sponsors include Ooredoo, Pepsi and Gatorade. Messi is the holder of FIFA’s Best Men Award overcoming Ronaldo and Van Dijk in the process.
DAVE WHELAN- $220 MILLION
Whelan is the oldest on our list of richest soccer players. The 82-year old’s playing career spanned between 1956 and 1966 starring as a fullback for Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandra. He launched a string of businesses after his retirement but returned to soccer when he purchased Wigan Athletic in 1995. He led the team to the Premier League winning them their first major trophy in 2013 in an FA Cup final against Manchester City. He is also the owner of the DW Stadium.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC-$190 MILLION
The Swedish legend is the fifth richest soccer player. Zlatan is quite the journeyman having played in Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, and England. The mercurial forward who currently plies his trade with LA Galaxy is the highest-paid player in the MLS with $7.2 million annual salary. Since his transfer to the U.S., he has signed lucrative offers with brands like Volvo, Nivea Men, and Microsoft Xbox.
NEYMAR JR.-$185 MILLION
The former Barcelona forward is number 6 on our list of richest soccer players. He became the most expensive player in the word when PSG broke the bank signing him for £222($263) million back in the summer of 2017. The move saw him receive a bumper contract of $53 million annual salary. With 35 endorsements, Neymar is the most branded soccer player in the world. Red Bull, Gillette, and Nike are one of Neymar’s many sponsors.
WAYNE ROONEY- $160 MILLION
Rooney is the third player who has played for Manchester United on our list of richest soccer players. Rooney began his career at boyhood club Everton after which he moved to Manchester United where he won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, and the League Cup. He returned to Everton in 2017 as United’s all-time top scorer and presently plays for D.C. United. He is scheduled to join Derby County in 2020. He is one of the top 10 earners in the MLS earning $2.8 million annually.
RONALDO DE LIMA-$150 MILLION
Ronaldo is probably the best striker in the early 2000s. El fenomeno as he is fondly called began his career in Brazil with Cruzeiro and went on to appear for PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and AC Milan before retiring with Corinthians in 2011. He made a career total of 343 league appearances scoring 247 goals. He made $200 to $250 million in salary and endorsements throughout his career. He is presently the owner of La Liga side Real Valladolid. He is one of few richest soccer players who own a club.
GARETH BALE-$125 MILLION
After beginning his career as an unknown playing for Southampton, Bale came to limelight when he played for Tottenham between 2007 and 2013. He began his career as a left-back but his menacing run and an eye goal saw him converted to a winger. Bale moved to Real Madrid for a world-record fee in 2013 and has gone on to make over 100 league appearances. His sponsors include Adidas, Lucozade, Sony, Nissan and Foot Locker. His ‘heart’ celebration which he trademarked in 2013 bags him $15 million annually. He is definitely one of the richest soccer players.
Ricardo Kaka is the last man on our list of richest soccer players. After winning the 2002 World Cup, he moved to AC Milan in 2003 where he scored 70 league goals. He is one of the eight players who have won the World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and the Ballon d’Or. Kaka moved to Orlando City in 2014 and was one of the top earners with an annual salary of $7 million. His endorsement deals were with brands like PepsiCo, Adidas and Armani.