Being a sportsman does not always mean having a personal yacht, a fan-club, and millions stored on your deposit account. Actually, this occupation can be very traumatic and stressful for nothing. But once you get successful, it becomes worth all the effort you put into your career. And one of the most suitable sports for earning a fortune is definitely football (or as it is called in the U.S., soccer). Still have some doubts? Then just let us have a quick look at the world’s five richest football players.
Our #5 is Wayne Rooney with an estimated fortune of $112 million. He is the captain of the English national team. He also plays for Manchester United. At first, Rooney was with Merseyside club for two seasons, but then he moved to MU in 2006. He also earns money by advertising famous brands by means of endorsement.
Number 4 of the richest football players list did not manage to go very far from his competitor. It is Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a fortune estimated at only $2 million more than Rooney’s. He is a Swedish player and, of course, the captain of the national team. Also, Zlatan plays for the French Paris Saint-Germain club.
Our next player is the captain of the Brazilian national team and a famous player of FC Barcelona. He was named the most marketable football player twice and has scored 43 goals for his home country. Have you already guessed who it is? Yes, number 3 is Neymar with $148 million. When he agreed to move to Barcelona, his transfer was estimated as the 15th most expensive football player move. It cost approximately $60 million.
Player number 2 is also from Barcelona. Lionel Messi, an Argentinian football player with a fortune of $218 million, is called a living legend. He was the first player in the history of football to win 4 FIFA.
And the richest football player in the world with a $230 million fortune is Cristiano Ronaldo. He earned this title when he decided to move from Manchester United to Real Madrid. This transfer cost $100 million back in 2009. Ronaldo’s contract brings him nearly $20 million per year. The player also earns money by participating in various kinds of advertisement, including TV ads.