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Top 10 Richest Football Players in the World – 2022

Richest Football Players

A sports enthusiast? Then you already have stalked your favorite players enough? But, mirror on the wall who is the richest of them all? 

Let us take a dive into the world of kicks. It might kick your brains out or help you find your kick.

Football is a game of global importance. So are their players. Even a person who is not a sports enthusiast would be interested in knowing which one is the richest.

Who does not love a little controversy over gossip? And with the ever-increasing popularity of football, it never hurts.

In this article we will list the top 10 richest football players in the world. Let us start with yes, no one else than Messi and Christiano Ronaldo.

Richest Football Players

1. Faiq Bolkiah

Born in an affluent family as a prince, Faiq Bolkiah already inherited a fortune. His father, Sultan of Brunei.

Even though he isn’t a high-profile footballer, the son of Jefri Bolkiah and nephew of Hassanal Bolkiah, he needed nothing to own all the riches. Since he was born in the US city of Los Angeles he has citizenship in both countries.

He has never been a good player although he has been to the Arsenal, Southhampton, Chelsea, and Leicester academies.

Other players who are more qualified are struggling to make their mark and achieve this amount of wealth while Bolkiah was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

2. Christiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo, we know him by his name was first a member of Manchester United when he was 18 and later moved to Juventus. He was one of the jewels on the attacking side. He won the Ballon D’or when he was 23.

He then switched to Real Madrid where he won his Copas, La Ligas, and UEFA championships. After Ronaldo signed in for Juventus none of the plans came into play and he again returned to Manchester United.

He has been the most capped player. He has been running his own sports brand CR7 and has also established a hair transplant clinic in Madrid. This with his weekly salary of 500,000 euros is a feather in the cap.

3. Lionel Messi

A star since childhood Messi made his mark at 22 when he bagged the Ballon D’or for the first time after joining FC Barcelona at 12.

And not just one he snatched 4 consecutive titles and became the first player in history to achieve that stature.

In the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in the 2021 Copa America trophy the youth player earned all these laurels.

With $75 million in earnings annually and $55 million in earnings from sponsorship it makes he occupies the top 10 positions in the Forbes highest-paid footballers. He has endorsements for several companies.

4. Neymar Jr

He made the debuts when he was 17. In 2013 Neymar joined FC Barcelona. Initially, he was the man behind winning the Campeonato Paulista Championships, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores.

After coming together with Messi and Suarez the trio was set to play the most historic game which won him 222 million euros.

At PSG Neymar now earns close to 70 million per year. He endorses Nike, Puma, and many other well-known brands. He is a part of their sponsorships too.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan earned his name for being the most promising forward player. He played for numerous European clubs like Juventus, Milan, Ajax, etc.

Now with a 7 million euro salary, he is sticking to AC Milan. He has earned the golden ball as the Swedish player of the year. He endorses Nike, Microsoft Xbox, and Volvo.

He owns 3 mansions worth $15 million dollars. He also has his own range of perfumes and a huge stake in the top flight club Hammarby IF.

6. Alexandre Pato

Even though Pato has not reached the heights of his stardom he has already gained the position among the richest footballers in the world.

In 2006 at the age of 16, he made his debut after which he joined AC Milan in 2007.2009 was his major breakthrough year.

He scored 18 goals in 42 matches. He owns the Fat Pato Burger in Brasil and also endorses various companies along with handling sponsorships.

7. Gareth Bale

A free-kick master Gareth Bale started his debut from Southhampton. After which in 2007 Tottenham Hotspur traded him for 7 million euros. He was one of the consistent players from 2010 to 2013 in the premier league.

In 2013 he signed for Real Madrid for 100.8 million euros exceeding. Real Madrid pays him a weekly $600,000 Even though he hasn’t been able to hold a good position in Madrid he has been a gem for Wales.

8. Andres Iniesta

One of the most famous midfielders, Andres Iniesta associated with the Barcelona academy has represented the national many times.

He is just 37 and has won European Championship, he played in 2010 FIFA and was the Player of the Match. He joined Asics for a 25 million dollar deal while replacing Nike.

9. Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil quite a youth hero has won hearts with his fiery kicks and dribbling skills. Being part of Germany and born in Gelsenkirchen Ozil holds the record for the German player of the year.

In 2010 he assisted Germany in the FIFA world cup and the European Championship as well.

10. Eden Hazard

He played for Chelsea initially after which he switched to Real Madrid.

He has played as a winger and an attacker. He moved to Real Madrid with a base fee of 100 million euros. Along with Nike Eden Hazard has had a sponsorship with several other companies like Topps, Sina Bakeries, etc.

Conclusion:

The above mentioned are the top 10 richest footballers in the world. Let us know your favourite football player in the comment section.