Football has always been the most popular sport. That’s why footballers usually have a big amount of money. So who of them is the richest?
Number 5 – Neymar Jr – $185 million
He is one of the youngest footballers who have that big amount of money. Before the Brazilian, considered one of the most promising players, powered the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain, he trained his skills at the iconic Barcelona, shoulder to shoulder with Lionel Messi or Louis Suarez.
Number 4 – Zlatan Ibrahimović – $190 million
Swedish footballer legend and AC Milan club star. He has always been sought after and before settling on Italian soil for good, he played for Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United. His annual salary is an impressive $3.5 million, and that’s just his base salary. Contracts with Nike, Samsung, Microsoft Xbox or Volvo have successfully allowed him to consolidate his position as one of the world’s wealthiest soccer players.
Number 3 – Lionel Messi – $400 million
The Argentine player is a living icon of the sport for football fans. As the top, most awarded player in history, he is also the long-time captain of Spanish club FC Barcelona.
Hundreds of goals, assists and an impeccable playing technique that makes every match involving him a spectacle must have translated into the fact that he is now the highest paid active player on earth, with an impressive salary of $850,000 a week! The whole thing is complemented by advertising campaigns for Huawei, Pepsi, MasterCard, Adidas and many others.
Number 2 – Cristiano Ronaldo – $460 million
A player whose career has spanned many years, yet he still remains at the absolute top, both through his undeniable skills and his eccentricity.
He has powered through the ranks of many European clubs over the years, including Man United, Real Madrid and Juventus, where he remains to this day. His weekly salary is estimated at $660,000. The vast majority of Ronaldo’s fortune is amassed through contracts. The fight to work with him is fierce, as for several years the football player has boasted the title of athlete with the most followers.
Number 1 – Faiq Bolkiah – $20 billion
At this point, most of you will probably ask: who? Well… to the surprise of most, the richest footballer in the world is a player who did not earn his fortune, but simply inherited it. Faiq is the son of the Prince of Brunei. The young athlete currently powers the ranks of Portuguese club Maritimo, but has also previously played for Chelsea and Southampton.