Football is a game that has managed to top the sport entertainment world, making it to be among the renowned sports. The good news is that the popularity of the game comes with a huge check for the great footballers. This means that if a football player impresses masses with his playing styles and techniques, he becomes a sought-after for most national clubs, and rise up to the ranked list. We therefore give you a list of top ten rich footballers in the world 2018 so that you can be able to know those able to translate their paycheck with a number of zeros. Keep scrolling and know the top ten richest footballers in the world and their net worth.
Top ten richest footballers in the world and their net worth
Here is top 10 richest footballers in the world according to forbes
1. Lionel Messi - $111 million
Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini is the richest footballer in the world Forbes estimating his net worth to be $111 million. The Barcelona star gets a salary of $84 million and endorsements $27 million adding up $111 million. Messi, the richest footballer 2018, graduated from Football Club Barcelona Academy and he has played for the club until date. Last year November, the influential footballer extended his contract with Barcelona and he will play for the club through 2020 to 2021. He also has lifelong deals with Pepsi, Adidas, OOredoo, Gatorade, Hawkers, Nike, and Huawei.
Messi plays as a forward for the club and he is currently the captain for the Argentina national team. Yes, he has not yet won the Argentina national team the World Cup trophy, but he is among the greatest as well as best players of all time. The richest player in the world 2018, Messi, is among the top scorers. He managed to score a total of 45 goals for the club in his 2017 to 2018 contract in the European leagues (Top 5) competitions. What does the 30-year-old influential player do with his huge check? Well, though Messi is the richest footballer in the world 2018, he is a very private person. It is known that he invests more in property; he has an apartment and a project building in his birthplace, Rosarino.
2 - Cristiano Ronaldo - $108 million
Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro is among the richest footballers in the world currently. Forbes estimates his net worth to be $108 million; his salary is $61 million and endorsements $47 million. The footballer is currently playing for Real Madrid (Spanish club) as well as Portugal national team. Real Madrid F.C current contract pays him $50 million and over for his work on pitch. In the past season with the club, Cristiano Ronaldo was able to make 44 goals in a total of 43 matches. He therefore got the 5th Ballon d’Or, which is usually gifted to the best player in the world at all time. Note that he earned himself the title ‘5th Champions League’ in his shelf of trophy.
It is hard to believe that Portugal national team did not manage to lift the World Cup trophy in spite of Ronaldo efforts. He amazingly scored 3 goals in the 1st tournament with Spain and the hat-trick awed many football fanatics and admirers; though it was a draw.
According to Forbes, the 33-year-old is the most famous footballer in the world and the amazing bit is that he has topped since 2016 to date. He has over 322 million followers on social media. What does Ronaldo do with huge earnings? Well, the influential footballer owns push lines of shoes, fragrance, children’s line, and jeans lines, CR7 brand products. He also owns hotel lines and currently he is working on a project of opening up restaurant lines in Brazil. Ronaldo has lifetime deals with Herbalife, Nike, American Tourister and EA Sports.
3. Neymar - $90 million
Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior is Paris Saint-German star who also plays for the Brazil national team. According to Forbes, Neymar is among the top ten richest footballers in the world 2018 with an estimated net worth of $90 million. His transfer fee from Barcelona to his current club earned him the title ‘most expensive player’ as it was worth over $600 million. $250 million of that was given to F.C Barcelona so that they could release Neymar from their contract. This means that he is paid $350 million as his salary that will expire on 2022, June in precise. This season, the PSG star has managed to score 28 goals in a total of 30 appearances, which is incredible considering the fact that he had a fracture in March.
Neymar appearing among the top ten richest footballers in the world presently is awesome because he has put on efforts to shape his skills and playing techniques. In the ongoing FIFA 2018, Neymar has become the most noticeable player for the Brazil national team. He is becoming more and more popular. Neymar has awesome deals with Nike, Beats by Dre, Red Bull, McDonalds, and Gillette. Forbes prove that the 26-year-old was the 1st footballer to ever wear ‘Custom Air Jordan Sneakers’; Smoosh makes the sneakers.
4. Gareth Bale - $34.6 million
Gareth Frank Bale is one of the top ten richest footballers in the world today playing for F.C Real Madrid (Spanish club) as well as Wales national team. The real Madrid star is popular for his unique playing technique of striking a ball from a distance and his ability to run faster than defenders. Bale is also renowned for how he swerve the free kicks. According to Forbes, Gareth approximated net worth is $34.6 million.
The influential footballer transfer fee to real Madrid was worth €100.8 million. He extended his contract with the football club and it will expire on 2022, June. The good news is that they topped up $33 million to his salary as well as bonus. Gale stormed the headlines by amazingly scoring 2 goals that involved a sensational ‘bicycle’ kick in a competition against Liverpool. The Welshman earned Real Madrid the title ‘13TH Champions League.’
5. Paul Podga - $29.5 million
Paul Labile Podga is a 25-year-old pure footballer who is currently playing for Manchester United (Premier League club) as well as the France national team. He is among the top ten richest footballers in the world of all time Forbes estimating his net worth to $29.5 million ($25 million salary and endorsements of $4.5 million). His 5 years contract transfer fee from Pennies to Manchester United was worth $120 million. This means he earns a salary of $20 million annually. He plays as a midfielder, his eccentric (freakish) hairstyle making him more popular.
Pogba has an awesome 10 years deal with Adidas that is approximated to be $31 million. So far, the top class player has managed to score 6 goals as well as 10 assists in a total of 28 appearances. France national team is involved in FIFA 2018 world’s tournament, the team is great and still battling to lift the World Cup trophy. The team is determined and it is among the few powerful teams left in the competition.
6. Oscar - $27.4 million
Oscar Dos Santos Emboaba Junior is a 26-years-old Brazilian player for Chinese Club, Shanghai SIPG, as well as Brazil national team. He is one of the richest footballers in the world right now Forbes estimating his net worth to be $27.4 million. Oscar transfer to the Chinese club from Chelsea F.C. led highlights because it was unexpected by most of his fans; that was early last year, January 2017. Oscar transfer fee to Chinese Super League was worth £60 million back in December 2016. Currently Oscar earns more than $25 million per year. He has deals with Adidas and it has remained to be his primary sponsor. Oscar was not among the squad that is still participating in the world’s tournament 2018, but he is a great player with unique playing ability as well as style.
7. Wayne Rooney - $27 million
Wayne Rooney is an English footballer currently playing for D.C United (Major League Soccer). Rooney is a top class goal scorer who can play either as a forward or midfielder. He is among the richest footballers in the world Forbes estimating his net worth as $27 million. The awesome bit is that the D.C United star has appeared as the top 50 richest footballer world Forbes for about 11 years.
While at Meyerside, last season, Rooney had a Nike old school boot that had awesome vintage style. The most predicted arrivals of the pure footballer 2018 will be at MLS club. This is because D.C united has already confirmed an interest (mutual) between the player and the MLA club. England national team is still battling to lift the World Cup trophy 2018. Wayne Rooney who is the captain of the team is positive that this year is for England team to gain the title ‘world’s 2018 champions’.
8. Luis Suarez - $26.9 million
Luis Suarez is among the top ten richest footballers in the world 2018 Forbes estimating it to be $26.9 million. The striker plays for Football club Barcelona (Spanish club) as well as Uruguay national team. Luis has managed to win a total of 16 trophies in his career, 2 European Golden shoes, a premier League Golden Boot, an Eredivise Golden Boot, and finally winning the La Liga’s ‘Pichichi Trophy’ back in 2016. Most football fanatics knew that either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo will lift the trophy as it was a dominance, and Luis amused football lovers.
Luis also awed the football fanatics for La Liga after scoring 100 goals in his 114th match considering the fact that Messi scored 100 goals in his 154th match. The valuable top ranked player contract with F.C Barcelona will expire on 2021, July in precise. He earns a total of $20 million salary as well as bonus. The only dark memory that the Barcelona star put on himself was during FIFA 2018 after he bit an Italian opponent, Giorgio Chiellin. He managed to score 2 goals for the Uruguay national team in FIFA 2018 tournament.
9. Sergio Aguero - $23.5 million
Sergio Aguero is one of the top 20 richest footballer in the world 2018 Forbes approximating his net worth to be $23.5 million. The 30-year-old plays for Manchester City (Premier league club) as well as Argentina national team. Sergio transfer fee to Manchester City was not disclosed, but his Wikipedia approximate it as £35 million. He is a popular goal scorer for the club at all time since he signed in with it back in 2011, July. For instance, Sergio Aguero scored 199 goals in a total of 291 matches he appeared.
The sad bit is that the valuable top scorer openly said that he will leave the Argentina national team once his contract expires in 2020, June. He has a long-term deal with Puma and they recently gifted him a golden boots pair. Sergio managed to score 2 goals in FIFA 2018 tournament.
10. Samuel Eto’o Fils - $13.4 million
Who is the richest footballer in Africa? Well, the Turkish Club Konyaspor star Samuel Eto’s Fils is the richest Forbes approximating his net worth to be $13.4 million. The 37-years-old player is from Cameroon and he receives endorsements of $3 million. Samuel plays as a forward, he has played for a number of national clubs such as Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Mallorca, Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor, and Everton. He is a top African scorer at all time. For instance, Samuel scored 100 goals during the 5 seasons he played for F.C Barcelona.
Most top ten footballers in the world have had a number of transfer from club to club. Some have also invested their hard-earned money to make more earnings. Football is a well paying profession as far as your playing techniques and styles are awesome to gain massive fans.
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