Football is one of the most popular sports on planet earth. It is played by almost every nation. The money involved in football is huge. When we hear about football the first thing that comes to our mind is multi-billion clubs and richest players.
The revenue generated by some of the club is equivalent to the GDP of many small nations. The game of football has given fame and wealth to many associated people. So here is the list of top ten highly paid footballers in the world.
Below are the top 10 Highest Paid, richest & Most Successful Footballers in 2018
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10. Cesc Fabregas
Net Worth: $21 million
Salary: $16 million
Current Team: Chelsea FC and Spain National Team
Position: Central Midfielder
Endorsement deals: $5 million
Francesc Fàbregas Soler plays for the English football club “Chelsea FC” and the Spain national team as a specialised ball distributing central midfielder. He was born on 4 may, 1987 in Barcelona, Catalonia. Francesc is the product of La Masia, which is Barcelona’s youth academy. At the age of 16, he was signed by Arsenal. In spite of injuries in his early stage of career, he holds many club records. In 2005, his team won the FA Cup and he emerged as the finest player in his position.
In 2011, he was signed by FC Barcelona for a deal worth $45.2 million. He represented his nation in many international tournaments. He featured in 3 World Cup in 2006, 2010 & 2014 out of which Spain was champions in 2010. He also featured in 3 UEFA Euro Cup in 2008, 2012 & 2016 out which they were champions in 2008 and 2012. He was also part of Confederations Cup team in 2009 & 2013. In international level, he has won many awards such as, the FIFA U-17 World Championship Golden Ball and Golden Shoe in 2003, Golden Player in 2004, Bravo Award in 2006, Golden Boy in 2006 and list is countless. He also endorses many popular brands.
9. Eden Hazard
Net Worth: $22 million
Salary: $18 million
Current Team: Chelsea FC and Belgium National Team
Position: Attacking Midfielder/Winger
Endorsement deals: $4 million
Eden Michael Hazard plays as an attacking midfielder and winger for English football club Chelsea FC and the Belgium national team. Eden was born on 7 January, 1991 in La Louvière, Belgium. He is a critically acclaimed Belgian football player known for his playing style, swiftness, creativity and his technical skills. In 2005, he joined the French first division club Lille and made his debut as a professional player in 2007. In his first season, he bagged the UNFP and Youngest Player of the Year award. With his great performance he became the youngest player to win UNFP Ligue 1 player of the year in 2010-2011 season.
His performance for Lille team was also appreciated by the Italian magazine “Guerin Sportivo”, as they awarded him with the “Bravo Award”. In 2012, Eden signed the contract with English club “Chelsea FC”. During his first season, he won UEFA Europa League and in his second season he won the PFA Young Player of the year. In 2014-15 season, with his great contribution for his team has won the League Cup and Premier League. Once again, he won FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Players’ Player of the Year awards.
8. Luis Suarez
Net Worth: $23 million
Salary: $18 million
Current Team: FC Barcelona and Uruguay National Team
Endorsement deals: $5 million
Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is known to be one of the top stickers in the world, plays for the professional football club FC Barcelona and the Uruguay national team. He was born on 24 January, 1987 in Salto, Uruguay. He started his first class career in 2003, with the Dutch football club Nacional. After that, he signed the contract with Groningen football club in 2006 and then moved to another football club Ajax in 2007. With his incredible contribution with FC Ajax, the club won the “KNVP Cup” in 2010. He became top goal scorer of the league, as he scored 35 goals in 33 games.
He has also won the “Dutch Footballer of the Year” award owing to his incredible free scoring ability as he scored 49 goals. In 2011, Luis signed a $29.1 million contract with English premier league club “Liverpool FC”. In this club, he won the Football League Cup as well as the “PFA Players’ Player of the Year” and the “FWA footballer of the Year awards”. In April 2014, by scoring 31 goals he won the “Premier League Golden Boot”. Luis signed the $91 million deal with the Spanish club FC Barcelona in July 2014. According to the famous British newspaper “The Guardian” Luis is the third best footballer in world.
7. Sergio Aguero
Net Worth: $24 million
Salary: $17 million
Current Team: Manchester City FC and Argentina National Team
Endorsement deals: $7 million
Sergio Leonel Agüero is an Argentine professional footballer, who plays for English club Manchester City FC and the Argentina national team as a striker. He was born on 2 June, 1988 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 15, he played his first professional match for Argentine Primera Division. While playing for Spanish club “FC Atlético Madrid” he scored 101 goals in 234 appearances and also won the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup.
In July 2011, Sergio signed the $45.24 million deal with English club Manchester City FC. He also holds the record of highest goals per minute ratio and highest goal scorer in the 2014-15 season. Internationally as a member of the Argentina team, his team has won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005 and 2007. At 2008 Olympics, he scored two match winning goals in the semi final match against Brazil. This also earned him a gold medal. He also endorsed brands like Pepsi, Gillette and Puma.
6. Wayne Rooney
Net Worth: $26 million
Salary: $20 million
Current Team: Manchester United FC and England National Team
Position: Forward, Midfielder
Endorsement deals: $6 million
Wayne Mark Rooney plays as a caption for the England National team and for the football club Manchester United FC. He was born on 24 October, 1985 in Liverpool, U.K. He plays in the position of forward and midfielder. At the age of 9, he started playing football from football club Everton and started his professional career in 2002. In 2004 he signed the $33.1 million deal with Manchester United. He is known as a record goal scorer for both England national team and Manchester United.
Under his captaincy, Manchester United has won five premier leagues, FA Cup in 2015-16, three Football League Cup, four FA Community Shield, UEFA Champions League in 2007-08 and FIFA World Cup in 2008. Apart from that he has also won awards like PFA Players’ Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, Bravo Award, Golden Boy Award, Premier League Player of the Season, Premier League Player of the Month, FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball, England Player of the Year and FIFA FIFPro World XI. He also endorsed brands like Nike, Harper Collins and Samsung.
5. GARETH BALE
Net Worth: $34 million
Salary: $24 million
Current Team: Real Madrid FC and Wales National Team
Endorsement deals: $10 million
Gareth Frank Bale plays for the Wales National Team and the Spanish professional football club Real Madrid as a Winger. He was born on 16 July, 1986 in Cardiff, Wales. He started his professional career from football club Southampton and in 2007; he transferred to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club for $90.5 million fee. Gareth signed the $109.75 million deal with Real Madrid in 2013, which also breaks the previous record of Cristiano Ronaldo. With his help Real Madrid has won many tournaments like Copa del Rey 2013–14, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. ESPN also ranked him at twelfth position on the list of “the world’s most famous athletes” in 2016. He also endorsed some popular brands like Nike, Castrol, Panasonic, L’Oreal and Volkswagen.
Net Worth: $36 million
Salary: $14 million
Current Team: Barcelona FC and Brazil National Team
Endorsement deals: $16 million
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior plays as a forward player for the Spanish Club FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team. He was born on 5 February, 1992 in Mogi Das Cruzes, Brazil. He is the fourth-highest goal scorer of Brazilian national team. In his football career, he scores 51 goals in 76 matches, while playing for Brazil. In 2013, during the “FIFA Confederation Cup” he was awarded with the Golden Ball and he was also announced as a player of the tournament. In his captaincy, the Brazilian team has also won their first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
In 2012, the famous British media company “SportsPro” ranked him in the list of the most marketable athlete in the world. The ESPN ranked him as the fourth most famous athlete of the year in 2016. At the age of 17, Neymar signed his first contract Santos Football Club and offered him $1.7 million per year. In 2013, he signed the major contract with the Brazilian football club Barcelona and the contract paid him $119 million. Neymar also endorsed brands like Red Bull, Panasonic, Nike, Konami L’Oreal and Gillette.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Net Worth: $37 million
Salary: $30 million
Current Team: Manchester United FC
Endorsement deals: $10 million
Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays as forward for English professional football club Manchester United FC. He was born on 3 October, 1981 in Malmo, Sweden. He is a critically acclaimed Swedish footballer known for his powerful striking skills, playing style, swiftness, creativity and his technicality. He was also the captain for Sweden national team in 2010. He was the member of World Cup playing team twice, once in 2002 and 2006. He also participated in World Cup qualifier twice once in 2010 and in 2014.
His career gained height in Euro Cup. His best came out in this tournament as he participated four times in it. On 4th September 2014, he scored his 50th goal for his team which made him the all time highest goal scorer for his nation. In his football career he has won many trophies such as, Swedish Football Personality of the Year, Golden Foot, FIFA Ballon D’or, FIFA FIFPro World XI, EFL Cup, FA Community Shield and many more. He also endorses many popular brands which earned him about $10 million.
2. Lionel Messi
Net Worth: $77 million
Salary: $51 million
Current Team: FC Barcelona and Argentina National Team
Endorsement deals: $26 million
Lionel Andrés Messi is a world famous professional footballer, who plays for the Argentina national team and Spanish football club FC Barcelona in forward position. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. He is considered as the legend of this game and has long list of achievements. He is the only player to win five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards that too four in a row. He is the first footballer to win three European Golden Shoes. His record with Barcelona is staggering.
His team has grabbed eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and 4 Copas Del Rey title. Lionel Messi holds the record for the most goals in La Liga that is 347 goals till now. In a single La Liga season, he has scored 50 goals which are the most by any player. He also holds the record of most goals in a club football season in Europe where he scored 73 goals and holds the record for most goals in a calendar year. This fabulous player has long list of sponsors, some of the major sponsors are Turkish Airline, Adidas, Herbalife and Pepsi.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Net Worth: $82 million
Salary: $53 million
Current Team: Real Madrid FC and Portugal National Team
Endorsement deals: $29 million
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro world famous footballer plays for the Portugal national team and the Spanish football club Real Madrid in forward position. He was born on 5 February, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. He is considered to be the best player of the world. In 2015, The Portuguese Football Federation declared Ronaldo as the best Portuguese player of all time on the occasion of their 100th anniversary.
He holds many records like the highest paid footballer in the world, Top goalscorer in the history of FIFA Club World Cup, more than one FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball winner, Guinness World Record for most liked person on social sites and list is countless. At international level, he has won UEFA European Championship in 2016. This popular and most famous player in the world has many sponsors; some of his major sponsors are Nike, Sacoor Brothers suits, Tag Heuer and Monster headphones.
Football is the sport with highest fan following and the above mentioned players are global brand ambassador. Their high salary and multi-million endorsement deals shows the charisma and caliber of the players. These players act as inspiration to the youth as they consider the likes of Messi and Ronaldo to be their role model. The players owing to their hard work and dedication had reached at the top of their respective traits.