A career in football can be incredibly rewarding at the highest level and many of the best players invest their money in a variety of industries

Football at the highest level has become a lucrative business and the money sloshing around at the top of the game is eye-watering.

Indeed, 2017 was a record-breaking year for transfers as Brazil icon Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in a €222 million deal, while the Premier League as a whole has been buoyed by a flood of television money.

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As elite clubs have more money to play with, players are subsequently being rewarded with better contracts and that wealth allows them to do partake in all sorts of pursuits, such as investing in business interests both inside and outside the realm of football.

Unsurprisingly, the best footballers in the world are usually the ones who stand to benefit the most as they can mould, package and sell their brand with the help of their various business partners and, if clever enough, that brand can continue to grow long after they hang up their boots.

Below, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest names in football and what they earn.

What is Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth?

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Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time and he has won nearly everything there is to win in the game.

Given his status, it is not surprising that Ronaldo is suitably remunerated and his latest contract sees him pocket a reported £365,000 a week, or £19 million a year.

His appeal extends beyond the football pitch and his image is sought to promote all sorts of brands, from sportswear to oil companies, and he has cultivated a business of is own – CR7.

Ronaldo’s net worth is estimated at around £200 – £250m.


What is Lionel Messi’s net worth?

Lionel Messi Barcelona Golden Shoe

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is without doubt one of the best players of all time and he has a strong claim to being the best player in the world right now.

The Argentine signed a new contract with the Catalan outfit late last year that is reported to be worth £500,000 a week – a massive pay-rise from his previous deal, which was said to be worth £336k a week.

While Ronaldo has seized the opportunity to move into the fashion industry, Messi has steered clear, but he still has plenty of sponsor deals and business partners.

His net worth is estimated at between £200 – 230m.


What is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s net worth?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 36, but he remains one of the biggest earners in football and is still playing at the highest level.

When he first joined Manchester United from PSG, Ibrahimovic was reported to be earning a mammoth £350,000 a week, but he took an enormous pay-cut when he signed a new deal last summer and is now said to be earning £150,000 a week.

Outside of football, the Swede has various business ventures, including a new fashion range – ‘A-Z’ – and an Android game.

His net worth was estimated in 2017 to be £110m, putting him third behind only Messi and Ronaldo in the top-earning footballers.


What is Wayne Rooney’s net worth?

Wayne Rooney Everton

Former Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is heading into the final stages of his playing career, but he remains a solid earner.

Rooney had been earning £250,000 a week at United and took a pay cut when he joined Everton last summer, but at £150,000 a week, it is still substantial.

He was once the ‘golden boy’ of English football and his status was reflected in the various brands and businesses that queued up for him.

Based on his career earnings, Rooney’s net worth is said to be around the £100m mark.


What is Neymar’s net worth?

Neymar Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar became the most expensive footballer in history when PSG forked out €222m for his services in 2017 and, as you would expect, his salary matches his price tag.

The Brazil international is earning around £620,000 a week in Paris, which dwarfs his previous salary while at Barcelona and puts him ahead of Messi and Ronaldo.

Adored in his native country, Neymar’s face is ubiquitous and associated with a spate of different brands, including Nike, Gillette and Beats Electronics.

The latest estimates put Neymar’s net worth at just under £100m, which is less than Messi and Ronaldo, but impressive nonetheless.


What is Gareth Bale’s net worth?

Gareth Bale Real Madrid

Gareth Bale became the most expensive footballer in the world back in 2013 when Real Madrid paid €100m to Tottenham for his services.

The six-year deal he signed was reported to have made him the best paid player in the world at the time – he has since been eclipsed by others – as he takes home roughly £350,000 a week.

The Wales international’s profile has exploded since his move to Madrid and he has become one of Adidas’ chief promotional athletes, alongside the likes of Messi and Paul Pogba.

Recent estimates put Bale’s net worth at around £65m.


What is David Beckham’s net worth?

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David Beckham blazed a trail for footballers when he became a global superstar during his playing career and his appeal has endured despite the fact that he retired in 2013.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star received a dividend of £19m from his business ventures in 2017, meaning that he is still right up there with the game’s current stars in terms of earning power.

Beckham’s net worth has been estimated at around £300m, which is considerably more than most footballers who are still playing.


For the 207/2018 Season, here are the list of the richest stars in world football.

With the 2o17/18 football season underway, it’s fair to say that money dominated last year’s headlines.

Premier League clubs collectively spent over a billion pounds on signings, while Paris Saint-Germain broke the world transfer record when it spent €222 million (£200 million) on Neymar.

Clubs were also boosted by record TV revenues. This helps them pay players huge wages. Footballers are also free to pursue off-the-pitch sponsorship deals.

TrueCelebMedia has ranked the 13 richest footballers in the world using net worth data from the Sunday Times rich list, Forbes, football website, and financial services site

Here they are in ascending order.

13: Luis Suárez, FC Barcelona — net worth £31 million ($40 million).

Luis Suárez.
Luis Suárez.


Forbes claims Luis Suárez makes £13.4 million ($17.3 million) at Barcelona, while sponsorship deals with Adidas and Pepsi also bolster his firepower.

Source: Forbes and


12: Cesc Fàbregas, Chelsea — net worth £35 million ($45 million).

Cesc Fàbregas.
Cesc Fàbregas.

(Clive Mason / Getty Images)

Chelsea pays Cesc Fàbregas £8.1 million ($10.4 million) a year, but he is also benefits from a Puma football boot deal.

Source: The Sunday Times rich list.


11: David Silva, Manchester City — net worth £36 million ($46 million).

David Silva (Alex Livesey / Getty Images)

Manchester City pays David 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).

Source: The Sunday Times rich list.


10: John Terry, Aston Villa — net worth £39 million ($50 million).

John Terry.
John Terry.

(Mark Robinson / Getty Images)

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.

Source: The Sunday Times rich list.

9: Sergio Agüero, Manchester City — net worth £40 million ($51 million).

Sergio Agüero.
Sergio Agüero. (Alex Livesey / Getty Images)

Sergio 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.

Source: The Sunday Times rich list.


8: Yaya Touré, Manchester City — net worth £43 million ($55 million).

Yaya Touré.
Yaya Touré.

 (Alex Livesey / Getty Images)

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.

Source: The Sunday Times rich list.

7: Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain — net worth £49 million ($63 million).


Neymar.(Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

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.


6: Gareth Bale, Real Madrid — net worth £56 million ($72 million).

Gareth Bale.
Gareth Bale 

(Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images)

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.

Source: The Sunday Times rich list.


5: Eden Hazard, Chelsea FC — net worth £77 million ($100 million).

Eden Hazard.
Eden Hazard.(Mike Hewitt / Getty Images)

Forbes reports that Eden 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.

Source: Forbes and


4: Wayne Rooney, Everton — net worth £93 million ($120 million).

Wayne Rooney.
Wayne Rooney.

 (Lee Smith/Reuters)

Wayne Rooney left Manchester United as the club’s leading goalscorer of all time. He took a 50% pay cut to join Everton, which reportedly pays him £7.8 million per year.

Source: The Sunday Times rich list.


3: Zlatan Ibrahimović, free agent — net worth £110 million ($141 million).

Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Zlatan Ibrahimović.

 (Michael Steele / Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimović’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.

Source: The Sunday Times rich list.


2: Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona — net worth £230 million ($295 million).

Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi.

 (Dan Istitene / Getty Images) says Lionel Messi earns half a million every week (£26 million a year / $33.4 million) from his lastest 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.

Source: Forbes and

1: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid — net worth £250 million ($321.5 million).

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo.

(Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo is paid £19 million ($24.4 million) a year, according to Though Ronaldo gets paid £5 million less than Messi, he has far more sponsors. According to Forbes, 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.

Source: Forbes and



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