The 2018 top thirteen richest footballers in the world have been revealed.
Net worth data from the Sunday Times rich list, Forbes, Goal.com and financial services site Gobankingrates.com. shows that only three out of the thirteen footballers are worth over £100 million ($128.6 million).
However, Paris Saint-Germain start, Neymar, who is the world most expensive footballer in the world is not yet the richest.
See 2018 thirteen richest footballers in the world:
1: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid — net worth £250 million ($321.5 million).
Ronaldo is paid £19 million ($24.4 million) a year. Though Ronaldo gets paid £5 million less than Messi, he has far more sponsors. Ronaldo is “a human billboard for a global portfolio of sponsors” like Nike, Tag Heuer, and Armani. He also has his own CR7 brand which sells aftershave and clothes.
2: Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona — net worth £230 million ($295 million).
Messi earns half a million every week (£26 million a year / $33.4 million) from his latest contract renewal with Barcelona. The Argentine forward also makes £21 million ($27 million) a year from sponsorship agreements with Adidas, Pepsi, Gillette, and Turkish Airlines.
3: Zlatan Ibrahimović, free agent — net worth £110 million ($141 million).
Zlatan ‘s one-year contract at Manchester United expired in the summer. However, he still trains at the club’s Carrington headquarters and is expected to re-sign with United when he returns from injury. Regardless, he has a lucrative Nike contract and even patented his own name in Sweden.
4: Wayne Rooney, Everton — net worth £93 million ($120 million).
Rooney left Manchester United as the club’s leading goal scorer of all time. He took a 50% pay cut to join Everton, which reportedly pays him £7.8 million per year.
5: Eden Hazard, Chelsea FC — net worth £77 million ($100 million).
Hazard earns £12.4 million ($16 million) per year at Chelsea. The Belgian attacking midfielder is sponsored by Nike but also endorses trading card company Topps and Biscoff biscuit manufacturers Lotus Bakeries.
6: Gareth Bale, Real Madrid — net worth £56 million ($72 million).
Real Madrid pays Gareth Bale £18.2 million ($23.4 million) a year. The Welsh wizard is contractually-tied to the La Liga giants until 2022. His sponsorship agreements with Adidas, Electronic Arts, Sony, and Footlocker are worth £9 million ($11.5 million) a year.
7: Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain — net worth £49 million ($63 million).
Neymar secured the biggest football transfer of all time when he left FC Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain this month.
The deal netted him a £26 million per year contract but the Brazilian also receives a salary from his sponsors Nike, Panasonic, Gilette, Claro, and Red Bull. He’s a partner in business management company NN Consultoria and even has his own emojis available for download.
8: Yaya Touré, Manchester City — net worth £43 million ($55 million).
Yaya Touré defied media speculation linking him with a transfer to AC Milan and Inter Milan by signing a one-year contract extension at Manchester City. He was previously earning £10.4 million ($13.3 million) a year but might have had to accept a 50% pay-cut just to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
9: Sergio Agüero, Manchester City — net worth £40 million ($51 million).
Agüero is paid £10.4 million ($13.3 million) a year by Manchester City but earns even more — £14 million ($18 million) — from his sponsors, Puma and Pepsi.
10: John Terry, Aston Villa — net worth £39 million ($50 million).
Veteran defender, John Terry left Chelsea this year as the club’s most successful player of all time. However, his football career is far from over as he joined Aston Villa in July on a £4 million ($5 million) per year deal.
11: David Silva, Manchester City — net worth £36 million ($46 million).
Manchester City pays Silva £10.4 million ($13.3 million) per year but the Spaniard tops up his income with an Adidas boot deal worth £5 million ($6.4 million).
12: Cesc Fàbregas, Chelsea — net worth £35 million ($45 million).
Fàbregas £8.1 million ($10.4 million) a year, but he is also benefits from a Puma football boot deal.
13: Luis Suárez, FC Barcelona — net worth £31 million ($40 million).
Suárez makes £13.4 million ($17.3 million) at Barcelona, while sponsorship deals with Adidas and Pepsi also bolster his firepower.