The Top 50 Highest Paid Footballers

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Do you know the top 50 highest paid footballers in 2020?

The following list will cover footballers of all time as we know, some are retired but the world would never forget their impact on the field. Follow along as we go through the top 50 richest athletes, according to Forbes in this year 2020.

Anything is possible and some things may change but as at the time this article was written, the following are the top richest footballers in the world;

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Top 50 Richest Footballers in The World Right Now

  • Cristiano Ronaldo – $500m
  • David Beckham – $450m
  • Lionel Messi – $400m
  • Dave Whelan – $210m
  • Neymar – $200.5m
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $190m
  • Wayne Rooney – $170m
  • Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima – $160m
  • Gareth Bale – $125.9m
  • Paul Pogba – $125M
  1. Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is the full name of the world’s famous player and he is worth $500 million. His salary is $70 million but in a year, he makes about $100-150. He has made a fortune for himself through football and several endorsements like Nike that signed a lifetime deal of “$1 billion” with him. Also companies like Clear Shampoo, Herbal Life signed him up as an ambassador. He makes about $40 million from endorsements per year and though these things fluctuate, he is obviously rising. He is also rated among the CR7 which are legends in the world of sports and would soon join the Billionaire club when he hits 1 billion. He has had his fair share of migration from club to club. He was first in Juventus and he went to play with Real Madrid, soon he became the star of Manchester United and his leaving broke the heart of many of the fans because he was and still is the highest goal scorer. He is back home to Juventus which is his highest signing fee. He has a number of trophies and individual awards received over time; 3 premier leagues cup, 5 champions leagues cup, 4 champions league golden boot and the highest goal scorer in Portugal. He has a number of businesses he is running, his fashion line and many others that has accumulated to giving him the net worth of $500 million.
  2. David Beckham ranks as the second richest footballer as of this year 2020 with the net worth of $450 million. Though he is retired and the calculation of this net worth is a combination of what he and his wife Victoria Beckham makes; she is singer/designer. His annual salary then was $50 million and as at this year, after retirement, his salary, endorsements and many other businesses in cumulative sums up to that $450 million. He started his 20-years career in Manchester United where he won 6 premier leagues. He signed up for Real Madrid and towards the end of his contract with them, he won the La Liga Championship. He is reputed to be the first English player to win big time in all the clubs he was signed in. He didn’t limit himself as he has won great trophies several times with Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, LA Galaxy, and Milan.
  3. Lionel Messi is the third on this list and his net worth has been estimated to be $400 million both from his salary which is $84 million and also the many endorsements that tons up to $27 million. The Argentine famous footballer was once reputed to be the world’s richest footballer in the year 2018. He has stuck to Barcelona since he started playing professional football. He has been playing for the club from then till now and though there are rumors of him wanting to sign up with another club, that’s beyond our scope of discussion in this article. He has signed some life time deals with Pepsi, Adidas, Nike, Hawkers, Huawei and Gatorade. He is among the best players the world has ever known though he has not yet won any World Cup trophy for Argentina where he is captain but no one can deny that he has made a mark in the sands of time in the area of football, especially as one of the best strikers of all time and have scored over 400 goals in the history of La Liga.

He has won several awards. 4 UEFA Champions Leagues title, 6 copper Del Rey, 6 Golden boots and most hattricks in the Spanish La Liga.

  1. Dave Whelan is a retired footballer who played in the 90s and may not be known by many in this time but for the old school, they would recognize the name and face. He played for Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexander in his days but had an interruption in his career because of a knee injury. Though he still played a bit after the injury until he finally retired. He got into business and became a pro. Now, his net worth is $210 million from football and business. He is number 4 of the top richest.
  2. Neymar is one of the world’s most popular and great players presently. His net worth is $200 million. He has played for several clubs and he has some endorsements. He earns about $78 million as salary and his recent signing into Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 has made him get the reputation for being the highest paid footballer in that club. Still on the contract he signed, he is to earn 1.7 million per year. He got other offers from Santos which he first rejected but later on took a lesser deal that made him get $4 million instead of the $20 million deal initially proposed; he signed a huge deal with Barcelona that made him earn 15 million per year in salary. He also signed some other deals and endorsements. In this year alone, he has earned about $96 million and on top of that, from his endorsements, he has earned an average of $20-40 million. All these add up to make up his net worth.
  3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic the Sweden player has a net worth of $190 million with a salary of $35 million which turns out to be his highest annual salary when he was still with Man United and he has had to accept lower offers. He also is famously known as a great striker and can also qualify as one of the most decorated football players of all times. He has gone through several clubs, Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona. He has won several awards and he played in Ac Milan this year 2020. He has the highest scored goal in Sweden, his country, that counts to 62 goals in total.
  4. Wayne Rooney is a British footballer; his net worth is $170 million. He is a reputable player that has won the Premier league several times while he was still playing for Manchester United. His yearly salary is $26 million. Added to that are the deals and endorsements from popular brands and companies like Nike, Ford, Coca-Cola. He has a long history in Manchester United but in recent times, 2019/2020, he joined a new team to play a double role as a coach and from this year he was on the field playing for them. That is the English Football League Championship Club, Derby County.
  5. Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima a name that once rang strong bells as he broke many records at his young age. His career in football was a short but very memorable. He had an early retirement due to some bad injuries but he also made money in his days as he set the pace for strikers of this time. He has a net worth of $160 million. Because of how much he scored goals, he became sought for and every club wanted to sign him. Barcelona in the 90s signed him with what was considered a huge sum at that time; $19.5 million, he spent the 96’-97’ season with them, scored the highest goals and soon moved to Milan where he also broke a record for his high fee of 27 million. He has signed several contracts, deals and endorsements with brands like Nike, Snickers and others. He also became the highest share holder by buying about 51% of the shares of the club Real Valladolid in 2018 and he assumed his duties of managing the club with a goal to have the best team produced from there.
  6. Gareth Bale is a Welsh footballer whose net worth is $125 million. One big event that qualifies him to be among the first 10 is that he signed the biggest deals ever with Real Madrid from 2013 that will be stretched through to 2020. This contract earns him a large sum of $33 million per year. He also makes about $9 million from several endorsements. His average salary is from $25-35 million.
  7. Paul Pogba is a French football player who has done well for himself in the football pitch having a reputation for being one of the best midfielders of all times. He has a net worth of $125 million and his salary on the base level is about £15 million which is about $33 million. He currently plays with Manchester United after leaving Juventus. He signed a 5 year contract with them that started in 2016 and the agreement was to pay $28 million every year when spread out. His salary and endorsements adds up to place him on the top of the richest.
  8. Andre Iniesta is a 36 years old Spanish football player whose net worth is $120 million. He is one of the most consistent team player for Barcelona. He played with them for 22 years but he later left and signed a shorter deal that got him a huge sum. He signed with Vissel Kobe, a Japanese team that paid him $30 million yearly for the three years he spent with them. Another aspect is his business life. He started a winery in 2010 and that adds up to his net worth.
  9. Jose Mourinho is a retired football player who became a football coach and manager of Tottenham Hotspur, a premier league football club in London. He has a net worth of $120 million with his annual salary as $27 million. Though he had been coaching for many years and has received many awards, he even made it into the Guinness Book of record as the “Longest football unbeaten homerun by a manager”. When he became the coach in Man united in the year 2015, the coaching contract earned him $27 million and soon, another club bought it out for $28 million. Quite a number of clubs buying out his coaching contracts earned him about $60 million.
  10. Zinedine Zidane is a 49 years old retired French footballer and coach who has done well for himself over the years with a net worth of $120 million through his football career and also his brand endorsement deals with popular companies like Christian Dior, Adidas, Lego and many others. His endorsement seems to have earned him way higher than football did. He got a reputation for being the most successful coach. He earns an annual base salary of 12 million Euros which when converted sums up to $14 million. He played with Real Madrid when he was still in the game and later rebranded as a manager for the same team. His perfect understanding of the game of football made him a highly effective manager and coach that knew the right exchange to make at the peak of the game.
  11. Kaka, the 38-year-old Brazilian professional football player with his real name being Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite has a net worth of $105 million. He earns about $10 million annually as his basic salary. On his endorsements and brand deals with big companies like Adidas, Wise up, Hyundai, he earns about 5 million Euros yearly and he is also one of the highest paid football players in the world. He joined AC Milan for a fee of $8.5 million but Real Madrid bought him over; they paid 65 million Euros making that fee the second highest transfer fee ever. He is back to his former club, AC Milan where he still plays now.
  12. Eden Hazard is a 29 years old Belgian football player with a net worth of $100 million and an annual salary of $15 million. He played for 7 years with Chelsea during the Premiere league up until last year when he migrated to Real Madrid. He also plays for his national team in Belgium
  13. Mesut Ozil is a 31 years old German footballer who started early and as it is with most footballers, he came to the spot light of the football world when he played well during World Cup, playing for his national team, Germany. His net worth is $100 million and his annual salary went from $12 million to $24 million when he signed an extension of his contract with Arsenal in 2017. That was the major push in his net worth.
  14. Pele is a 79 years old retired Brazilian footballer with a net worth of $100 million. In his time, he was known to be the highest paid footballer and now he is a legend in the world of sports. He has a good name in his country, Brazil as he has pursued helping those who are poor in the nation. He also became an Ambassador for UN and UNESCO over time after he retired. Despite some financial scandals that ensued when he left the world of football, he remains a sports legend.
  15. Philip Lahm is a 36 years old German footballer that is worth $100 million with an annual salary of $14 million. He plays for his club Bayern Munich and his German National team and he was made the Captain in both teams. His petite stature belies his prowess on the field as a mid-fielder. He is known to be the only player who have been presence for all 90 minutes of the game.
  16. Raul whose full name is Raul Gonzalez Blanco is a retired football player who played for San Cristobal, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. His net worth is $100 million. Before he retired in 2015 under Real Madrid, he won 6 La Liga titles and 3 UEFA champions league titles.
  17. Kylian Mbappe is topping the chart as one of the highest paid footballers. He has a net worth of $95 million and as it is now, his base salary is $28 million which he earned in this year 2020. He has also been signed up and has endorsement deals with some brands. His endorsement deals alone sums up to $12 million making it $42 million. He started his senior football career just 5 years ago and in those short years, have made a mark. In one year, when he was about 19 years old, he earned $24 million. He was also the youngest French player that scored a goal during the World Cup. At a time, he donated $500 million to charity to help children that have disabilities. He plays for the French team Paris Saint-Germain signing a deal of $20 million annually for the space of 3 years. The future is bright in the game of football and there are high hopes that he would be part of the brightest in due time.
  18. Samuel Eto’o
  • Retired
  • $95 million
  1. Didier Drogba
  • Phoenix Rising FC
  • $ 90 million
  1. Fabio Capello
  • Retired
  • $ 90 million
  1. Fernando Torres
  • Retired
  • $90 million
  1. Frank Lampard
  • Retired
  • $90 million
  1. Mohamed Salah
    • Liverpool
    • $90 million
  2. Ronaldinho
    • Retired
    • $90 million
  1. Steven Gerrard
    • Retired
    • $90 million
  2. Robert Lewandowski
    • FC Bayern Munic
    • $85million
  3. Arjen Robben
    • FC Groningen
    • $80 million
  4. Bastian Schweinsteiger
    • Retired
    • $80 million
  5. Gerard Pique
    • FC Barcelona
    • $80 million
  6. Sergio Ramos
    • Real Madrid
    • $80 million
  7. David de Gea
    • Manchester united FC
    • $75 million
  8. Rio Ferdinand
    • Retired
    • $75 million
  9. Franck Ribery
    • ACF Fiorentina
    • $70 million
  10. Hulk
    • Shanghai SIPG F.C
    • $70 million
  11. John Terry
    • Aston Villa FC
    • $70 million
  12. Luis Suarez
    • Fc Barcelona
    • $70 million
  13. Oscar
    • Shanghai SIPG F.C
    • $70 million
  14. Rademel Falcao
    • Galatasaray S.K
    • $70 million
  15. Sir Alex Ferguson
    • Retired
    • $70 million
  16. Thierry Henry
    • Retired
    • $70 million
  17. Yaya Toure
    • Leyton orient
    • $70 million
  18. Antoine Griezmann
    • FC Barcelona
    • $60 million
  19. Dani Alves
    • Sao Paulo
    • $60 million
  20. Mario Bolatelli
    • Brescia Calcio
    • $60 million
  21. Robinho
    • Instanbul Basaksehir F.K
    • $60 million
  22. Ryan Giggs
    • Wales National Football Team
    • $60 million
  23. Sami Khedira
  • Juventus FC
  • $60 million

Well, there you have it; the top 50 richest footballers in the world. Let us know, what names were you expecting but aren’t here and who weren’t you expecting but made the list?

There you have it. A list of the top 50 highest paid footballers in 2019.