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Top 10 richest male, female footballers in the world

Top 10 richest male, female footballers in the world

Football, also known as soccer in North America, is one of the most popular sports in the world. It has, over the years, evolved from just a kickabout among friends to a multi-billion dollar industry empowering millions of people across the globe. The major stakeholders in the sport are the footballers who earn quite well more than the average worker, as some of them become stupendously rich and turn into multi-millionaires at the peak of their careers. These individuals have remarkable star power and can virtually purchase anything they want in the world.

This piece, therefore, takes a look at the richest footballers, both in the male and female segments of the beautiful game, and their net worth.

Top 10 richest male footballers globally

The modern football game has not only become prosperous but it is a money-spinner, to the extent that the sport makes the players affluent and has suddenly become one of the choicest careers that parents and guardians, who were hitherto critical of it, encourage their boys to take up.

Following evaluation from various sources, including Celebrity Net Worth, Wealthy Gorilla, Marca and Forbes, we, therefore, present to you the top 10 richest male footballers in the world. All the footballers on this list are active.

10. Mesut Özil

Age 33
Club Fenerbahçe (Turkey)
Country of origin Germany
Salary €3.9 million
Endorsements Adidas, Beats Electronics, Mercedes Benz
Estimated Net worth $120 million

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9. Andrés Iniesta

Age 38
Club Vissel Kobe (Japan)
Country of origin Spain
Salary $30 million
Endorsements

Investment

Nike, Nissan, and NFX.com;

Part owner of Albacete Football Team

Estimated Net worth $123 million

8. Paul Pogba

Age 29
Club Manchester United (England)
Country of origin France
Salary £15.08 million
Endorsements Adidas
Vehicles Lamborghini Aventador, Mercedes GLS 4X4, Audi RS6 Power R, Bently Flying Spur, Rolls-Royce Wraith, Maserati Quattroporte, Ferrari 812 Superfast
Estimated Net worth $125 million

7. Gareth Bale

Age 32
Club Real Madrid (Spain)
Country of origin Wales
Salary £31.2 million
Endorsements Adidas, Nissan, Konami, EA Sports, Foot Locker, BT Sport and Lucozade
Estimated Net worth $145 million

6. Alexandre Pato

Age 32
Club Orlando City FC (USA)
Country of origin Brazil
Salary £1.56 million
Endorsements CoverGirl cosmetics
Investment Chain of burger restaurants, a vodka brand, a fashion line
Estimated Net worth $145 million

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5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Age 40
Club AC Milan (Italy)
Country of origin Sweden
Salary €3.5 million
Endorsements Nike, Microsoft Xbox, Nivea, Samsung, and Volvo
Investment Real Estate (three villas)
Vehicles Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Gallardo, Audi S8, Maserati Gran Turismo, and Volvo C30 T5
Estimated Net worth $190 million

4. Neymar

Age 30
Club Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Country of origin Brazil
Salary £40.8 million
Endorsements Puma, Triller, Gillette, L’Oreal, Air Jordan
Investment Clothing brands
Vehicles Ferrari 458 Italia, Maserati Mc12, Aston Martin Vulcan, Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus, Porsche Panamera Turbo, Lamborghini Veneno
Estimated Net worth $200 million

3. Lionel Messi

Age 34
Club Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Country of origin Argentina
Salary $41 million
Endorsements Adidas, Pepsi, Gillette, Turkish Airlines, Lays, SikSilk, Leafty, Jacob & Co., Gatorade, NFT partnership
Vehicles Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti and Ferrari F430 Spyder

Audi RS6, Audi A7 and Audi Q7

Pagani Zonda Tricolore

Mercedes SLS AMG

Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale

Range Rover Vogue and Range Rover Sport

Cadillac Escalade

Lexus RX 450h

Mini Cooper

Estimated Net worth $400 million

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Age 37
Club Manchester United (England)
Country of origin Portugal
Salary £26.4 million
Endorsements Nike, Tag Heuer, Herbalife, Armani, Egyptian Steel, Italia Independent, Clear, PokerStars, Castrol, LiveScore, MEO, ZujuGP, Crunch, Uniecampus, Therabody and Clear.
Investment Aviation companies,

Investments in Apple,

Investments in Volkswagen,

Pestana CR7 Hotels (two in Portugal),

Hair transplant clinic,

CR7 Perfumes,

CR7 Underwear,

Restaurants,

CR7 Museum,

Gyms,

Video games for smartphones

Vehicles Bugatti Chiron, Bugtatti Veyron & Bugatti Centodieci

McLaren Senna

Rolls-Royce Phantom & Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and Ferrari F430

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

Bentley Continental GT and Bentley Flying Spur

Aston Martin DB9

Maserati GranCabrio

BMW M6

Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI  and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sports Coupe

Porsche Cayenne, Porsche 911 Carrera 2S Cabriole and Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Audi Q7 and Audi RS6

Brabus G-Wagon

Estimated Net worth $500 million

1. Faiq Bolkiah

Age 24
Club Chonburi F.C. (Thailand)
Country of origin Brunei
Salary ——–
Endorsements Nike
Estimated Net worth $20 billion

(This is a result of his relationship with the Brunei Royal Family. Fariq is the son of Brunei’s Prince, Jefri Bolkiah; while his uncle, Hassanal is Sultan of Brunei, an oil-rich kingdom.)

Richest active Nigerian footballer

The richest Nigerian footballer who is still active with the Super Eagles, the country’s senior male national team, is Odion Ighalo.

Ighalo currently plays as a striker for Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia. His net worth is estimated to be between $32-$40 million.

Top richest female footballers globally

Although there has been an increased interest in female football across the world, it has not attracted much financial firepower and support like the male game. This low investment reflects in the take-home pay of the female footballers. The recent announcement by the US Soccer Federation that it will implement equal pay for both its male and female national teams has been deemed as the long-awaited development needed to boost female football financially.

But even with this disparity, some female footballers are still doing very well financially, irrespective of the circumstances. With this in mind, we, therefore, take a look at the richest female footballers in the world.

10. Christine Sinclair

Age 38
Club Portland Thorns (USA)
Country of origin Canada
Salary $380,000
Estimated Net worth $2m-$3m

9. Samantha Kerr

Age 28
Club Chelsea (England)
Country of origin Australia
Salary $500,000
Estimated Net worth $2.5m-$3m

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8. Ada Hegerberg

Age 26
Club Olympique Lyonnaise (France)
Country of origin Norway
Salary $425,000
Estimated Net worth $3m

7. Julie Ertz

Age 30
Club Chicago Red Stars (USA)
Country of origin United States of America
Salary $430,000
Estimated Net worth $3m-$4.5m

6. Megan Rapinoe

Age 36
Club OL Reign (USA)
Country of origin United States of America
Salary $447,000
Estimated Net worth $3.7m

5. Carli Llyod

Age 39
Club None
Country of origin United States of America
Salary $518,000 (now retired)
Estimated Net worth $3.3m

4. Alex Morgan

Age 32
Club San Diego Wave FC (USA)
Country of origin United States of America
Salary $450,000
Estimated Net worth $4m-$4.6m

3. Amandine Henry

Age 32
Club Olympique Lyonnaise (France)
Country of origin France
Salary $394,500
Estimated Net worth $7m

2. Wendie Renard

Age 31
Club Olympique Lyonnaise (France)
Country of origin France
Salary $392,000
Estimated Net worth $10m

1. Marta

Age 36
Club Orlando Pride (USA)
Country of origin Brazil
Salary $400,000
Estimated Net worth $13m

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