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Footballers earn a lot of money with their profession. In this article, we will check out the top 10 richest footballers in the world in 2021.
Soccer is the most renowned and the followed game around the world. Football is a global sport that is played in over 200 countries worldwide. The game has more than 3.5 billion fans across the planet. The craze of this game is on the next level.
Football is also one of the most-watched sports nowadays. being the most popular games, there are footballers who make a lot of wealth from their profession.
You might have heard about some footballers who are making millions and billions with their profession. Let’s come straight to the point and check out the top 10 richest footballers in the world in 2021.
First, we will talk about the other top 5 richest footballers who unable to make it in the top 10 list.
Other Top 5 Richest Footballers In The World 2021
5 Mohamed Salah (90 Million)
Salah is one of the top players for Liverpool over the years. He joined Liverpool in 2017 for a fee of £36.5 million. Salah was getting a salary of £90,000 per week and the deal to be closed is for 3 years. His master class performance for the club and his contract extension in 2018 helped him to increase his earnings to £220,000 per week.
The contract extension also made Salah one of the highest-paid footballers in the premier league beating the likes of Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial, Sergio Aguero, Kevin Debruyne, and David De Gea.
The total net worth of Mo Salah estimated around $90 million in 2021.
4 Pele (100 Million)
He may be a retired player but at the peak of his time, he makes a lot of wealth with football. Pele was a national hero and a club legend for Santos. Pele is regarded as one of the best football players of all time.
Pele’s net worth is estimated around $100 million in 2021.
3 Francesco Totti (101.6 Million)
Francesco Totti is one of the most popular names in Italian football history. He is known as the king of Rome. His contribution to his club AS Roma is unmatchable. Totti is an offensive playmaker mostly known for his vision, technique, and goalscoring ability. Totti is considered one of the greatest Italian players and a living legend in Roma.
Francesco Totti’s net worth is estimated at around $101.6 million, making him on the number 13 in our list of richest footballers in the world in 2021.
2 Kylian Mbappe (110 Million)
Mbappe is the best young talent in football. His rise started in Monaco and after that, he never looked back. Kylian joined PSG from Monaco in 2017 on loan however later the Ligue 1 side got impressed with his performance and signed him on a permanent deal of whopping £174 million for his services.
Mbappe is the second most expensive football player just behind his teammate Neymar. He made his debut for France in 2017, at age 18. His performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup shown that he had a great future ahead. Mbappe became the youngest French player ever to score at a World Cup, and just the second teenager, after the great Pele, to score in a World Cup Final.
Due to many reliable sources, Mbappe’s net worth estimated at around $110 million in 2021.
1 Eden Hazard (120 Million)
Eden Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for La Liga top club Real Madrid. He is known for his world-class dribbling and passing. He was rated as one of the best wingers of his generation.
After winning the Europa League with Chelsea in June 2019, he moved to Real Madrid with a transfer fee of €150 million.
Eden Hazard’s net worth is estimated at around $120 million, making him the top player who unable to make it in the list of top 10 richest footballers in the world in 2021.
Now let’s check out the top 10 richest footballers in the world 2021:-
Top 10 Richest Footballers In The World 2021
10 Mesut Ozil (120 Million)
Mesut Ozil is a German professional footballer who holds the position of an attacking midfielder. Ozil is known for creativity, passing, and vision. The German international is known as one of the best midfielders the world has ever seen. Ozil now moved to Fenerbahçe from Arsenal in 2021.
Ozil also holds the world record for the most German Player of the Year awards(5). Mesut Ozil’s net worth is estimated at around $120 million in 2021.
9 Andres Iniesta (120 Million)
FC Barcelona legendary midfielder and Spain’s most important player in history does not need any introduction in this list. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders ever grace the footballing pitch. Iniesta was an integral part of Barcelona for so many years, where he served as the captain for three seasons.
He moved to the club Japanese side Vissel Kobe from Barcelona in 2018. Andres Iniesta has an estimated net worth of $120 million in 2021, where most of his earnings came due to a long spell at Camp Nou.
8 Gareth Bale (145 Million)
Gareth Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays in the winger position. He was playing for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid. This speedster is number eight in our list of richest footballers in the world in 2021.
He has been identified as the Welsh Footballer of the Year a record six times. In 2016, ESPN listed him in twelfth position among the most famous athletes around the world.
Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid from Tottenham broke the previous world record set by Cristiano Ronaldo and became the most expensive signing in the history of club football at that time. Gareth Bale has an estimated net worth of $145 million in 2021.
7 Alexandre Pato (145 Million)
Alexandre Pato is a Brazilian professional footballer who is an active footballer and plays as a forward for Orlando City in Major League Soccer.
Alexandre Pato’s estimated net worth is around $145 Million, making him the 7th richest footballer in the world in 2021.
6 Wayne Rooney (170 Million)
Wayne Rooney is an English legend who played most of his career for the club Manchester United. He is regarded as one of the best footballers of his era. He scored 253 goals for Manchester United which makes him the player with the most goals in Manchester United history.
Rooney’s scored a total of 208 Premier League goals making him the number 2 in the list of top scorers of all time in the history of Premier League. He has also won the England Player of the Year award four times in his career i.e 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015.
Wayne Rooney’s total net worth is estimated at around $170 million that made him the sixth richest footballer in the world in 2021.
5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (190 Million)
Zlatan is a Swedish international who plays as a striker for Serie A club AC Milan. Ibrahimovic is widely known as the best striker the world has ever seen. Despite his age, he is still delivering for his club in the league and European competitions. He is one of the most decorated footballers, winning a total of 31 trophies during his career.
Reliable source claim that Zlatan had an estimated net worth of $190 Million. He has sponsorship deals with big brands like sports drinks, Microsoft Xbox, Nivea, and Volvo.
4 Neymar Jr (200 Million)
Neymar Jr. is currently one of the best Brazilian footballers. He plays for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. He is widely known for his skill moves and his outstanding dribbling ability.
Neymar moves to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona with a record-shattering transfer fee of €222 million, making him the most valuable player ever in the history of football. SportsPro labeled him as one of the most marketable athletes in the world in 2012 and 2013.
Forbes listed him as the world’s third highest-paid athlete in 2020. Neymar’s net worth is estimated at around $200 million in 2021 making him the 4th richest footballer in the world in 2021.
3 Lionel Messi (400 Million)
Lionel Messi himself is a brand, there is no introduction needed for this man in the world of football. He has sponsorship deals with big brands like Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi, Gillette, and Turkish Airlines.
Messi is currently the third richest footballer in the world in 2021. He has several valuable sponsorship deals with some of the highest-paying brands.
According to Forbes, Lionel Messi is the second billionaire footballer after Cristiano Ronaldo. His estimated net worth in 2021 is $400 million.
2 David Beckham (450 Million)
David Beckham is an English retired professional player. He is rated as one of the greatest footballers ever in the history of football. He is known for his passing ability, crossing, and classic free-kicks. Beckham has been recognized as the greatest midfielders of his generation.
Beckham has always been ranked among the highest earners in football. In 2013 he was ranked as the highest-paid player in the world. David Beckham’s net worth is estimated at around $450 million. This made him the second richest footballer in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2021.
1 Cristiano Ronaldo (500 Million)
Ronaldo means a business that’s how we can describe this man. He is one of the greatest players in the history of football. Ronaldo makes more than €30 Million annually at Juventus.
He also has sponsorship deals with brands like Nike, Herbalife, Dazn, and MTG. Ronaldo also has its own brand which includes 7egend, CR7 Fitness, CR7 Footwear, and CR7 Denim.
Ronaldo was ranked as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017. He is number 1 in the list of richest football players. His total net worth is estimated at around $500 million in 2021.
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