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Being a good soccer player might not make you very rich. Athletes have been getting more and more money lately, but talent doesn’t always mean immediate financial success.
Based on celebritynetworth.com, forbes.com and money.com, here is a list of the richest soccer players in the world.
5. Wayne Rooney – $170 million
The peak of Rooney’s career is long gone, but even now, in 2022, he remains one of the richest footballers in the world. The English legend made most of his capital at Manchester United. In 13 seasons with the Red Devils, Wayne signed on and off, eventually becoming the Premier League’s top player. His most important order was worth around 15 million euros a year, and he earned 23.6 million dollars from advertising. In 2020, Rooney joined Derby County as a player and manager. In January 2021, Wayne announced that he had officially retired and became Derby’s full-time manager. All updates on his career are available at Bookmaker Ratings India.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $190 million
Known for his eccentric attitude, Zlatan played for Inter from 2006 to 2009. From Inter, Ibra moved to Barcelona and then back to Italy, to Milan. In 2012, Zlatan joined PSG and gradually became one of the richest players in football. In the following five years he acquired around 15 million euros a year – first at PSG, then at Manchester United. In 2017, Ibrahimovic agreed on a lower salary of 6.5 million euros at Manchester United, in 2018 he moved to the USA – to the American Los Angeles Galaxy. In 2022, Ibra, 40, is playing for Milan and still showing a fantastic fair money game. The Swede’s earnings are currently around 6 million euros. Zlatan also earns in other ways, such as advertising for Nivea, Nike and Microsoft.
3. Neymar – $200 million
Neymar is one of the main stars of his era after Messi and Ronaldo. However, the Brazilian footballer hasn’t reached 100% of his potential yet. After an exceptional game for Barcelona, Neymar joined PSG. He scored a lot of goals there, but also struggled a lot. On the pitch, the Brazilian footballer often simulates and clashes with the judges, and off the field he expresses his desire to return to Barcelona. Despite his difficult nature, Neymar is among the wealthiest soccer players in the world. PSG spent €222m on the player and offered a lavish salary – under the deal, Neymar will get $70m a year and another $25m for advertising.
2. Lionel Messi – $400 million
Considered by many to be the greatest footballer in history. In 2021, the Argentine became a free agent after leaving Barcelona. Messi joined PSG shortly after leaving the Camp Nou. The French team offered Leo a net annual salary of $41 million. The contract was concluded for two years and can be extended by a further year.
Cristiano Ronaldo – $500 million
In the summer of 2021, Cristiano Ronaldo became the most expensive player in EPL history when he signed a two-year contract with Manchester United. So he returned to England after more than ten years at Real Madrid and Juventus. Although the Red Devils aren’t at their peak right now, Cristiano Ronaldo shouldn’t be worried about his monies. Similar to Lionel Messi, Ronaldo has a two-year contract with the possibility of an additional year extension.
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