Football is the most popular sport on the planet and it drips with riches. The Premier League is the most profitable in Europe. Sky Sport and BT Sport paid a total of £5.136 billion for the right to show Premier League matches on their channels for just three years from 2016 – 2019. But, even with so much cash flying around, fans have been complaining that they don’t get any of the benefit. Many think that too much money is going to players and clubs, and that fans are being ripped off to pay players’ wages. How rich are these stars? Let’s take you true the top 10 richest footballers in the world. Enjoy …


  • Club: Manchester City
  • Country: Argentina
  • Net Worth: $51Million USD (2018)


Brief: Sergio Leonel Kun Agüero del Castillo was born in Quilmes, Buenos Aires on 2 June 1988. His professional career started in July 2003 at aged 15 with Independiente. Aguero won the Under-20 World Cup with Argentina in 2005, before combining with Fernando Torres at Atletico Madrid the following year. His excellent club form was rewarded with a first Argentina cap in September 2006, and a year later, was the outstanding player at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup winning both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards.  He signed for Manchester City in July 2011 for £38 million, a Club transfer record. He was married to and has a son with Diego Maradona’s daughter Giannina Maradona.


  • Club: Manchester City
  • Country: Spain
  • Net Worth: $57Million USD (2018)

david silvaBrief: He was born in ArguineguínGran CanariaCanary Islands. Manchester City paid £26million to secure his services from Valencia in July 2010. He is receiving $13.3 million as a yearly salary from Manchester City which reaches US$15 Million with some of his personal investments. The things that add some extra glittering stars in Silva’s net worth and salary, are his endorsements. His income gets a boost from the Adidas boot deal worth US$6.4 Million. Silva’s car includes the collection of the luxury cars worth $4.4 million approximately. Some of them are the 1992 Trans Am GT, Continental GT, Bentley Continental GT, Porsche Cayenne, and Mercedes Benz CSI. A second major thing in his net worth is his house situated in Gran Canaria, Spain. The luxury mansion has an estimated value of about $4.2 million. Apart from this mansion, he also owns a house at his birthplace, Arguineguín.



  • Club: Manchester City
  • Country: Ivory Coast
  • Net Worth: $55Million USD (2018)

Brief: Yaya Toure was born in Ivory Coast on 13th May 1983. He started playing at the age of 13 with ASEC Mimosas. He played as a central mid fielder for Ivory Coast. He signed for Manchester City in 2010 for a fee of around £24 million. He earns $21.7 million from his endorsements. Won the CAF 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 African footballer of the year, Captained Ivory Coast victory in 2015 African Cup of Nations. He is married to Gineba Toure and they are blessed with two children.



neymarBrief: He was born 5th February 1992 to Neymar Santos. He left Barcelona in 2017 for Paris Saint Germain at a world record fee of £200m. He also makes 22million dollars from endorsement with Nike, Gillette, Panasonic, Volkswagen, Unilever, Santander and many others. He featured in front covers of many video games such as Pro Evolution Soccer. He also promotes modern pop music. At 20 this talented player had already scored his 100th goal. He was awarded the South American Footballer of the year for 2011 and 2012, ligue 1 player of the year, 2011 world soccer young player of the year and many more.


  • Club: Real Madrid
  • Country: Wales
  • Net Worth: $72Million USD (2018)

baleBrief: He was born in Cardiff Wales on 16th July 1989. His father Frank was a school caretaker and his mother was an operation manager. Gareth Bale was discovered while playing in Cardiff Civil Service football club at the age of 10 and in 2010 he started his senior carrier in Southampton. He is presently playing for Real Madrid and he gets $15 million as salary per year and $24 million for endorsements from the likes of Adidas, Nissan, Foot locker, lucozade and many more. He is engaged to Ema Rhys-Jones and they are blessed with three children.



  • Club: Chelsea
  • Country: Belgium
  • Net Worth: $100Million USD (2018)

hazardBrief: He was born 7th January 1991 in Belgium. His father and mother were both footballers. In fact, the mother stopped playing when she was three months pregnant with Eden. Later the two retired as footballers and they turned sport teachers. Hazard started his senior career in 2006 when he played for his national team (U15 Belgium). He signed for Chelsea in 2012 in a transfer deal worth £32 million. His endorsements from Nike, FIFA video games and Belgium based lotus bakeries makes his total net worth a sum of 100 million dollars. He is married to Natacha Van Honacker and they are blessed with three children who are all boys.


  • Club: D.C United
  • Country: England
  • Net Worth: $120Million USD

rooneyBrief: He was born to Thomas Rooney on 24th October 1985 and he attended Our Lady and St Swithin’s primary school and Se LA Salle School. He started playing at the age of 9 with the Everton youth team and he is currently playing for D.C United. He earns $22 million from soccer and he also gets $5 million from endorsement deal with Nike, Ford, and Nokia. He also signed a 5 million euro deal with the largest sports book in publishing history with Harper Collins. He won the 2004 golden ball award, 2009 premier league player of the month and many more. He is a Roman Catholic and he is married to Coleen Rooney. They are blessed with four children.


  • Club: LA Galaxy
  • Country: Sweden
  • Net Worth: $190 Million est. (

zlatanBrief: He was born October 3rd 1981 in Malmo, Sweden to father Sefik Ibrahimovic who is a Muslim. He started his youth carrier in Malmo BI at the age of 8. His earning from soccer was 19 million Euros per year while in Manchester United but it has been greatly slashed to €850,000 per year in LA Galaxy. Asides Soccer, Ibrahimovic has a company he named A-Z sportswear. This company sells sport wear for men, women, and children. With the help of the world leading perfume maker; Olivier Pescheux, he has also launched his fragrance known as Ibrahimovic Perfumes. He also enjoys endorsements with various products like Microsoft Xbox, Nivea, Volvo cars, sport drinks, boot sponsorship deals like adidas, Nike and lots more. Even though he is born into a Muslim family, he is a Catholic. He is married to Helena Sever and they are both blessed with two sons.


  • Club: Barcelona
  • Country: Argentina
  • Net Worth: $400Million USD est. (Time)

messiBrief: He was born in Rosario, Argentina on the 24th June 1987 to Jorge Messi who works as a steel factory manager. His interest in football started at a very tender age at Newell’s Old boys at the age of 7. Messi also battled with a growth hormone deficiency at a tender age of 10.  After he left Newell’s old boys club at 13 Messi has spent the rest of his life in Barcelona winning 5 Balon D’Or and became Barcelona’s’ most decorated player ever. The introvert player also plays the forward position and he is considered by some as the best dribbler in the world. He plays for Argentina and his father serves as his agent.



  • Club: Juventus
  • Country: Portugal
  • Net Worth: $400Million USD est. (Time)

ronaldoBrief: He was born in São PedroFunchal, Portugal and grew up in the Funchal parish of Santo António.  In 2002, he started his senior career with sporting CP after which Manchester United bought him for £12.24 million then as the most expensive teenager in the history of English football. In 2009 Real Madrid purchased him for 80 million Euros. He left Real Madrid for Juventus  on July 10th, 2018 at a huge sum of 100million Euro. According to Forbes, Ronaldo made $93 million from his soccer salary and endorsements in 2017.  His non-football sources of income include a fashion boutique which he named CR7. Asides that, he partnered with many companies to produce under wears, premium shirts, shoes and perfumes. He has a museum which he named Myseur CR7 in his hometown. He is the top scorer for Portugal, he has scored more than 670 goals in his senior career. He is the first player in history to win 4 European golden shoes. Ronaldo has won Balon d’Or 5 times.  He is blessed with four kids.



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