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Top 20 Richest Footballers in the World & Net Worth (2020)

Football is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world, and that explains why this list contains the list of richest footballers in the world and their net worth.

Interestingly, this list contains the list of active and retired footballers who have made authentic fortunes accumulated based on millionaire salaries, yes, but also thanks to advertising and investment contracts and most profitable businesses.

Football undoubtedly pays, particularly for football players who know their onions in the football world. For the most part, the outstanding footballers in the world are the richest, and this because almost every club is always out to get them, more endorsements and other extra income.

Whatever the case might be, this list of ‘France Football takes into account salary, bonuses, advertisements, sponsorships among other things. In this post, we present to you the richest footballers in the world.

Top 20 Richest Footballers in the World (2020)

Ronaldo and Messi

Below are the 20 richest footballers in the world (2020), according to information sourced from France Football, Forbes & The Richest:

20. Willian

Net Worth: $75 Million

Brazilian player and Chelsea’s winger, Willian Borges da Silva is the 20th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $75 million. Willian started his career in 2006 as a professional footballer and has gone ahead to register his presence in the football world since his emergence.

Presently 29, Willian presently earns £120,000 as his wage weekly with The Blues. He has a contract with the club until June 30 of 2020.

Willian is the 20th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $75 million.

19. Arjen Robben

Net Worth: $80 Million

Leftie retired Arjen Robben and former Bayern Munich winger is the 19th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $80 million. Robben started playing professional football in 2000 for FC Groningen and also played for Chelsea after which he moved to Real Madrid. Unfortunately, he wasn’t spared during the ‘Dutch Plague’ at the club (the period almost all Dutch players such as Sneijder, Robben, Van der Vaart, and Ruud Van Nistelrooy all suffered injuries).

Robben moved to Bayern Munich in 2009, the same year Nistelrooy asked all Dutch players to leave the club, all thanks to injury. Robben retired in 2019 when injuries nagged and disrupted his football playtime.

Arjen Robben is the 19th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $80 million.

18. Sergio Ramos

Net Worth: $80 Million

Real Madrid dirty contractor and one of the finest defenders in football, Sergio Ramos is the 18th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $80 million.

Ramos who is Real Madrid and Spanish national side captain started his professional career from Camas. He is regarded as one of the most successful defenders of all time and presently earns £200,000 per week at Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos has won four Champions League titles, three UEFA Super Cups, three Supercopa de Españas and two Copa del Reys. And he now has four Club World Cup medals to his name and also won the World Cup with Spain and has played in 26 finals for Real Madrid. He is the most red carded footballer in Europe’s big leagues and has a total of over 280 cards in total.

Sergio Ramos is the 18th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth $80 million.

17. Sergio Aguero

Net Worth: $80 Million

Argentina and Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, is the 17th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $80 million.

Aguero presently plays for Manchester City and reportedly earns about £230,000 weekly with City.

He is considered to be one of the best strikers of his generation.

Sergio Aguero is the 17th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $80 million.

16. Paul Pogba

Net Worth: $85 Million

Paul Labile Pogba is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the French national team. He is the 16th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $85 million.

The midfielder made a big-money move from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee of €105 million (£89.3 million).

Paul Pogba is the 16th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $85 million. Pogba’s annual salary is £15,080,000 while he reportedly earns £290,000 weekly at Manchester United.

15. Andres Iniesta

Net Worth: $88 Million

Former Barcelona and Spanish midfielder, Andres Iniesta is the 15th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $88 million. Baby-face Iniesta started his professional career in 1999 when he led the Barcelona Under-15 team to the win in the Nike Premier Cup and was named the player of the tournament.

Andres Iniesta who later played most of his career football in Barcelona is presently on a three-year contract with Japanese side, Vissel Kobe that earns him $30m per year.

Andres Iniesta is the 15th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $88 million.

14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Net Worth: $90 Million

Classy and Charismatic Swedish footballer of Bosnian and Croatian descent, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the 14th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $90 million

Regarded as one of the finest footballers ever to grace the game and largely known for scoring jaw-dropping goals, Ibrahimovic has won a total of 31 trophies in his career.

Ibrahimovic who presently plays for AC Milan after a move from the United States where he has been playing reportedly earns $7.2 million (€3.5 million) as salary, according to CNN.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the 14th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $90 million.

13. Didier Drogba

Net Worth: $90 Million

Legendary Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba (retired) is the 13th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $90 million. The Ivory Coast striker is top-scoring foreign players of all time; a huge mark that made the club reward him with a £105,000/week contract.

Drogba transited between several clubs, earning big when he left Chelsea and returned again, only to leave to play in the United States for Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising. He reportedly earned $4.8 million at Phoenix before he retired from professional football.

Didier Drogba’ is the 13th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $90 million.

12. Samuel Eto’o Fils

Net Worth: $95 Million

Samuel Eto’o Fils, a four-time winner of the African Player of the Year award is the 12th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $95 million.

Eto’o played started at Real Madrid youth academy in 1997 before transiting between Spanish clubs and eventually played for Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea among the many clubs he played for.

Eto’o retired from professional football on 7 September 2019, with Qatar SC being his last club.

Samuel Eto’o Fils is the 12th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $95 million.

11. Kaká

Net Worth: $95 Million

Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder is the 11th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $95 million.

Kaká didn’t focus on football until he moved to Sao Paulo where he signed his first contract, despite starting his football career at a tender age of 8.

Kaká peaked on the brink of the Messi-Ronaldo era, which relegated him as the world focused on the two anomalies in football. He moved from AC Milan to Real Madrid but his move was dwarfed by Ronaldo’s move who was to rival Messi in the La Liga.

Kaká was regarded as a forgotten genius. He didn’t retire from professional football until 2017 with Orlando City as his last professional football club where he earned $6.6 as salary.

Kaká is the 11th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $95 million.

10. Eden Hazard

Net Worth: $100 Million

Eden Hazard, Belgian professional footballer and Real Madrid attacking midfielder and winger is the 10th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $100 million.

Hazard spent eight years with the Royal Stade Brainois and then transferred to Tubize in Belgium after a career he started at 4. Hazard later switched and played for Chelsea before moving to Real Madrid for a transfer fee €100 million ($113 million).

Eden Hazard is the 9th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $100 million. Presently, he earns £400,000 per week at Real Madrid.

9. Pele

Net Worth: $100 Million

Edison Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as ‘Pele’ is a Brazilian legend and undoubtedly one of the best footballers ever to walk the planet. He is considered the best football player of all time.

Pele is the 9th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $100 million.

8. Francesco Totti

Net Worth: $101.6 Million

Legendary Italian footballer and former AS Roma legend, Francesco Totti is the 8th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $101.6 million.

Totti started his football career with Fortitudo Football Youth team at age 8. It wasn’t long before he gained prominence as ‘Young Footballer of the Year’ in the 1998-1999 football season. Approximately a year later, he was named the Italian Footballer of the Year.

Totti was widely known for his shot and free-kicks. Totti retired from AS Roma in June 2019 to become the club’s director.

Francesco Totti is the 8th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $101.6 million.

7. Gareth Bale

Net Worth: $125 Million

Real Madrid star and former Tottenham Hotspur sensation, Gareth Bale is the 7th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $125 million.

Bale’s popularity soared at Tottenham and was recognized for his incredible pace and deadly left foot. In no time, he was converted from the defensive position to become a winger. He presently plays for Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane.

Bale who is currently 30 years old is the 7th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $125 million. Gareth Bale currently earns £350,000 weekly as salary in Real Madrid.

6. Wayne Rooney

Net Worth: $145 Million

Former Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney is the 6th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $145 million.

France Football, in 2012, claimed Rooney was ranked fifth in the world and No. 1 in England after its survey and research was carried out.

Rooney who played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Tevez under Manchester United legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson currently plies his trade in the English Championship, with Derby County.

Rooney is the 6th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $145 million and presently earns approximately £50,000 weekly at Derby County.

5. Alexandre Pato

Net Worth: $145 Million

30-year old Brazilian forward, Alexandre Pato, who presently plays for São Paulo is the 5th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $145 million.

Pato began his professional football career at age 16 and was later signed by Sports Club Internacional to compete for the Campeonato Brasileiro Sub 20. In 2006, Pato led the team to win the FIFA Club World Cup.

Pato who played in big European teams before his move to Brazil is the 5th richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $145 million.

4. Neymar

Net Worth: $185 Million

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is the fifth richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $185 million.

Neymar is skillful and highly talented. Sadly, his performance is blighted by constant injuries.

Neymar currently earns €36.8 million annually at PSG, $780,734 weekly, far more than Lionel Messi earns in Barcelona, and is the 4th richest footballer in the with an estimated net worth of $185 million.

3. Lionel Messi

Net Worth: $400 Million

He might be the world’s best player and the genius of football but certainly not the richest. Lionel Messi is the third richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $400 million.

Messi, nicknamed ‘The Flea’ because of diminutive stature has won almost every available trophy in football except a nation trophy with his country, Argentina.

Messi remains faithful to Barcelona and earns £500,000 weekly with the Spanish side. Lionel Messi is the third richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $400 million.

2. David Beckham

Net Worth: $450 Million

David Beckham is a retired professional football player. He is known to be the first English footballer to become a league titleholder in four different countries. Beckham spent 20 years playing football, and in 2004 he was named the highest-paid football player.

David Beckham’s net worth is roughly $450 Million dollars.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Net Worth: $450 Million

Portuguese legend and one of the most lethal strikers ever to grace football, Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $450 million.

Ronaldo undoubtedly has more endorsement than any other footballer in the world and is seen as the most marketable footballer in the world, all thanks to his charisma, hunger for success, passion for glory and body.

Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in a world-record, transfer of $132 million, making him the most expensive footballer in the history of football at the time.

Hooper announced Ronaldo as the highest-earning sportsman on Instagram in 2019 for his Instagram earnings of $47.8 million. Each of his single posts on Instagram is valued at $975,000 (£780,487) per post and is the most followed celebrity on Instagram. Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $450 million.

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