The football field is not the only place that many of our players battle it out for the top honor. Looking at the majority of the world’ richest football players of all time in Forbes list as well, who are still active international players, they have also set up a successful business and have many sponsors outside the field to make them compete off the field too. Here is a list of World’s 10 richest football players, their income, and their net value for the year 2015-2016.
10) Frank Lampard – 80 million Euros
At 10 we have former Chelsea player Frank Lampard, who in the past years have earned over €35m while playing for Chelsea and a year at Manchester City. He also has made few sound investments in properties and currently owns a townhouse in Chelsea valued at €13m, two apartments in Barcelona and Dockland whose value is currently unknown and recently also sold a mansion in Esher and earned a profit of €5m on the property.
Besides properties, Lampard also has a series of football books for children and has represented Nike and Adidas in the past.
09) Ronaldinho – 83 million Euros
While Brazil’s Ronaldinho is no longer on the European football circuit, the former Ballon d’Or winner is still earning huge amount of money outside of Europe.
After leaving Europe Ronaldinho, earned €2.7m annually while playing for Atletico Mineiro and then moved to Mexico. In Mexico, he has now signed a contract with Queretaro, which is heavily based on his performance.
But despite that huge clause in his contract, he could still earn an additional €2.5m per year. Besides these, he has earned over €20m in the last 10 years having signed a deal with Nike during his FC Barcelona days.
08) Raul – 85 million Euros
Raul is a new entry into this list. After regularly topping Real Madrid’s top earner’s list in his 16 years with the Real Madrid football team, Raul made a consistent salary of €7m per year.
Besides his regular salary, he also earned another €14m in his two years at Gazprom-backed Schalke. Then he added to that amount by earning another €10m when he spent two seasons at Qatari’s Al-Sadd and has now joined New York Cosmos for an undisclosed salary and will play and head up the youth academy of the football club.
Despite good on-field portfolio, he has also earned extensively in his business Scar Sports Europe and has also invested heavily in renewable energies. Besides football and business, he also owns 20 percent shares of a property company called Luri, and an energy company called Cadmus.
07) Samuel Eto’o – 87 million Euros
Chelsea player Samuel Eto’o earned a lucrative amount of money playing for Anzhi Makhachkala. Before that Eto’o had also won two back to back UEFA Champions League title while playing for FC Barcelona (2009) and Inter Milan (2010) where he earned €10m a year at FC Barcelona and a total of €12m at Inter Milan before moving to a €5m a year contract with Chelsea.
Besides these high salaries, Eto’o also signed lucrative deals with Puma and Ford. But despite all these Eto’o has poured a lot of income into launching the Samuel Eto’o Laikipia Unity Football Academy in Kenya and through the Academy is in its final stages of launch, the initiative will get him a lot more attention and income in coming years.
06) Kaka – 96 million Euros
Though the Brazilian was not given an opportunity to prove himself in 2014 World Cup, the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner has still played a lot of football across the world and has earned a lot of money over the years.
Kaka earned more than €35m over the course of four years he spent at Real Madrid. Though injury then forced him out of wages on his return to AC Milan, he since his return has earned a €2m deal for six months at Sao Paulo and now a €6.3m deal with Orlando City in the USA.
He is also a marketer’s dream and has signed many deals with Pepsi, Adidas, Samsung, Gillette and Armani and even owns many properties including in Manhattan, Natal, Madrid, and Milan.
05) Wayne Rooney – 103 million Euros
England’s new captain and Manchester United’s poster �?guy’ Wayne Rooney is the highest-ranked Premier League player and earns a lot from his salary from Old Trafford’s club Manchester United. Over the years, his salary with the club increased steadily and he was earning an annual income of €18.9m at the start of last season.
The fact that he has many interested buyers like Monaco and PSG only makes his value for the red devils go up and seems he will be in Manchester United for a long time to come. Despite a good on-field income, Rooney has boosts of €5.4m deals with Nike, Samsung, and Harper Collins and even owns a racehorse (two were retired in 2013).
On the property front, Rooney has a mansion in Prestbury which is worth over €6m but he has already spent double that amount on upgrading that mansion.
04) Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 105 million Euros
PSG player Zlatan Ibrahimovic has understood his value since the age of 19 when Malmo sporting director Hasse Borg sold him for €8.7m to Ajax. The Swede player has understood his value very well since then and is careful not to be too over-endorsed, yet he has signed deals with Nivea, Xbox, Volvo, and Dressman.
He even had a contract with Nike (#DaretoZlatan) till last year but he decided not to extend his contract more than its initial 2 years. On Property front, he has made a lot of investment and is believed to have a property empire which reportedly includes a 350-acre forest estate in Dävensö, a church in central Stockholm which recently got renovated into a townhouse and an investment in a 66-apartment block in Tribeca, Manhattan.
On the Business front, he has partnered with IT billionaire Dan Oloffson and launched Mikz, a celebrity marketing app and even released a book?I am Zlatan’ earning him around €8m.
03) Neymar Jr. -135 million Euros
Neymar became the face of World Cup- 2014 when his home team Brazil was hosting it and in conclusion earned €37m in endorsement in 2014 alone.
The youngster also has 12 fixed sponsors that included high brands such as Nike, Panasonic, Claro, foot odor-stopper Tenys-Pé, underwear brand Lupo, fizzy drink Guaraná Antarctica, Unilever, Volkswagen, Santander, Red Bull, Heliar (car batteries) and mobile app Palpiteros.
His family also earned €40m payout when Neymar joined Barcelona in 2013, and transfer also led to a huge tax fraud investigation which not only embarrassed the Neymar Family but FC Barcelona as we.
He currently has a €8.8m annual contract with FC Barcelona but thanks to his good performance and a bright future ahead, he is expected to sign a contract more than double his current salary with the end of his current contract which is on the horizon soon.
02) Lionel Messi – 200 million Euros
Argentinean player Lionel Messi has always been pitted against Portugal’s Ronaldo as being one of the best strikers there is currently and it seems that rivalry has even entered their financial rivalry.
Messi has the largest pre-tax contract that any player has ever signed in the world, and FC Barcelona player has also benefited from regular renewals of improved terms and contract under the succession of running Barcelona presidents.
His clean image also helps him get many endorsement deals like Adidas, EA Sports, Ooredoo, Samsung, Lay’s, Audemars Piguet, Gillette, Dolce & Gabbana, Head & Shoulders, Gatorade and Pan Bimbo and on property front his property empire is huge. ?Azahares del Parana’ is a huge complex and is expected to house seven-gated communities, beach, a sports complex and a huge golf course just outside his hometown.
Till recently he was also on the board of Limecu Espana, which is now worth €11.7m and is run by his brother Rodrigo.
01) Christiano Ronaldo – 210 Million Euros
Portuguese giant Christiano Ronaldo has always given Messi a run for his money and is continuing to do so, on the financial front as well.
The Best �?footballer’ of the year extended his Real Madrid contract back in September 2013 for a whopping €18.2m per year contract. He then went on to collect collected bonuses in 2014 for winning the Ballon d’Or and for helping Real Madrid win the Premier League and the Champions League that season and then also got them the Club World Cup.
On the sponsorship front, Ronaldo has deals worth €25m, the big names of sponsorships include Toyota, Herbalife, Emirates, Castrol, Samsung, Soccerade, Emporio Armani, Konami, Banco Espirito Santo and KFC.
But the deal that takes the cake is his deal with Nike and his own clothing line CR7 which gets him huge chunks in finances. He has also invested in Museu CR7, The Seven, a nightclub in the Algarve, Mobitto, a crowd-sourced mobile app and properties worth over €30m