Football (also known as Soccer in most parts of the world) is a rich game. By this we mean that the players generally get rewarded, paid, endorsed handsomely and are worth a lot of money. It will not be surprising to know that most of these players are almost worth as much as some of the highest paid Hollywood stars although we will refrain from commenting on who deserves what and the likes. This article is going to shed some light on ten of the richest football players for the year 2014 and we will try our level best to enlist their endorsements, their net worth and their yearly pay to as accurate a level as possible.
10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
We are going to start of this list of the richest football players with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite the fact that we are absolutely not biased, we cannot help but say he is one of the most handsomely intimidating men on this list. As was last reported, the player is worth 57 million pounds. His wealth comes from his sponsorship deal with Nike as well as a lucky transition between various different clubs which include but are not limited to AC Milan and Barcelona. As promised, his yearly salary is touted to be approximately 12 million pounds.
The next star player on our list of the richest football players is Ronaldinho who is worth a whopping 64 million pounds. He has performed for Atletico Mineiro and is very well known for his football career although it has been four years since he left Europe. As you must have judged by now, we are not basing this list of rich players on footballers who are currently in action in the Fifa World Cup.
Next up on our list of gorgeous footballers, pardon, richest footballers we have another cutie called Neymar. The bottom line is what we will get to right in the beginning and that being the total net worth of the player which was estimated to be 66 million pounds. He has a yearly salary of 12.57 million pounds and endorsements worth 6 million dollars.
7. Gianluigi Buffon
Next up on our list of the richest football players we have Italy’s goal keeper and captain, the captivating Gianluigi Buffon. In 2014, the man was ranked in top ten richest footballers and he belongs to club Turin. The same club might not aide his riches next year but that need will be catered by PUMA. His net worth is 52 million pounds and his endorsements reach up in millions as well.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo
How can we forget the hunk Cristiano Ronaldo when we are making up our list of the richest footballers? Ronaldo had a net worth of 122 million pounds which is perhaps more than any other player on this list so far. His biggest source of income was his contract with Real Madrid which proved to be quite the catch financially as the contract alone was worth 103 million pounds.
5. Diego Maradona
It is about time that we put some old blood back into the list as we unveil our next richest football player. We are talking about the Argentinian player Diego Maradona who was well known for his skill in soccer (football, same same). He is known for two goals titled “Hand of God” and “The Goal of the Century” both in a match against England. We are talking about the mid 1980’s and the era after that and that is when his net worth was around 100 thousand pounds. It would have been a lot more had he not been such a controversial figure.
4. David Beckham
Next up on our list of the richest footballers we have David Beckham with a net worth of around 27 million pounds and an annual pay of around 2.7 million pounds. He is the husband of the beautiful lady spice Victoria Beckham. In the recent year, Beckham has showed some interest in purchasing an MLS league in Florida to add to his already expanding wealth.
3. Roberto Carlos
Next up on our list of the richest soccer players we have Roberto Carlos. He is a Brazilian legend who is now worth 20 million pounds even though his football career is almost over and he is now nearly 40 years of age. He was one of the best from Real Madrid and is known as one of the best defenders that Fifa World Cup has ever seen.
2. Roberto Baggio
The next man on our list is another Roberto, Roberto Baggio. The man is now 47 years of age but has an estimated net worth of around 220 million pounds. This earned him a place on People With Money’s top highest paid footballers for 2014. It was also publicly stated that his earnings this year were estimated to be around 82 million dollars which is certainly quite a lot. He now owns his own football team by the name of Caldogno Angels amongst other ventures that yield money.
1. Zinedine Zidane : Richest Football Player
Last but not the least, we will end our list of the richest football players with Zinedine Zidane, one of the most famous French footballers who was also a coach (and an actor if you care to know). He has an estimated worth of 56 million pounds and has played for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid. He was quite the charismatic player in his time and represented France in international competitions.