Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not on the top in this category, but together they look at the back of the undisputed David Beckham, who is the richest football player with profit of 200 million Euros.
No, it really is not a surprise: David Beckham, who has recently retired from playing football, was the world’s best paid footballer till the end. The richest football players not only thrill us with their skill, but they also regularly take come astounding sums of money. The earnings of the football players who made our list are calculated on the basis of player salaries, properties and their jobs outside football pitch, such as marketing campaigns and private companies.
So, you already know who is the richest football player in the world, maybe the first three, but find out who are the others.
David Beckham – 200 million Euros
The 38-year-old free kick magician, who has retired two weeks ago, is the richest football player ever. David Beckham is the first football star who has become more than just an athlete, a person who has linked the world of sports and the business world. The Englishman is the richest athlete in the world with income in his career of 200 million Euros. You are wondering how? Well, only in 2012 he has earned a quarter of that amount out of bounds. From that amount, Adidas gave him seven million, and EA Sports, Yahoo, Pepsi, Samsung and Sainsbury are also a big part of “the cookie”. He has several companies, some shared with his wife Victoria, and has collected millions of selling two autobiographies. He signed a contract worth 3.9 million Euros in January by the end of the season with PSG, and at the end he donated all amount to charity.
Lionel Messi – 132 million Euros
Barcelona raised Messi’s salary when he broke the record for most goals in a calendar year ever, now earns 287,000 Euros a week, and each season can reach up to two million through a variety of bonuses. The Argentine wizard has many sponsors as all want him to its advertisement, but Adidas, Pepsi and Herbalife are his main sponsorships. Lionel Messi is about to become one of the biggest football brands in the world, so you can expect much more reports on its earnings in future. In 2012 he has earned 33 million Euros and if someone deserves these sums of money, there is no other than the four time Ballon D’Or winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 128 million Euros
Pro Evolution Soccer, Coca Cola, Nike, Armani, Bugatii, Castrol oil, Clea, Linic, Konami, Motorola and Banco Espirito Santo are paying him through sponsorship some 14 million Euros yearly, while with Real Madrid he earns 180,000 Euros a week. The Portugal striker is proud holder of record for highest fee ever paid for football player and he recently expressed his desire to play with Manchester United once again. Cristiano Ronaldo has luxury apartments and villas, expensive cars that cost even a million, but that is not enough for him. He is asking from Real all income negotiable from marketing rights, as the current ratio 60:40 is not likeable anymore.
Kaka – 76 million Euros
The Real Madrid’s playmaker who doesn’t see too much minutes on the pitch has really disappointed since he moved to Santiago Bernebeu for 65 million Euros. Since joining AC Milan in 2003, he played five very successful seasons and in 2007 won he Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year. But Adidas, Ea Sports, Sony, Armani and Guarana see Kaka as a perfect male model. His career is not going so perfect as he though it will, but when Real gives him every week 160,000 Euros it’s easier to get over the bench. In Madrid, he has a palace worth five million Euros (Cristiano Ronaldo is one of his neighbors) and three luxury apartments in New York City.
Ronaldinho – 72 million Euros
The Brazilian is far from his best gaming days, and he got hurt on a private plan when in 2012 he lost without lucrative contract with Flamengo. He signed for Athletico Mineiro and at the presentation made a big stupidity, he poured himself Pepsi in his glass and Coca Cola terminated the contract immediately that guaranteed him 500,000 Euros a year. But he will never be alone. Nike, Ea Sports, Lloret del Mar, Danone, Lenovo and Kibon are his remaining sponsors, and through his career he has received millions. For instance, he has signed a seven million per season contract with AC Milan. Ronaldinho will be always remembered as one of the most fashionable players in the world, with his own style of playing football and that is the reason why many sponsors will look after him everywhere he go.
Samuel Eto’o – 65+ million Euros
Samuel Eto’o is the highest paid football player on the planet, since 2011 when he signed the three-year deal with FC Anzhi Makhachkala. The Cameroonian striker earns 20 million Euros per year from his club. He is a male model of Puma, Ford and John Richmond. From other income such as these he earns about 3.5 million Euros per year. He does not save wealth, so in 2010 he squandered a million Euros as he bought golden watches to all Cameroonian teammates, because they qualified for the World Cup.
Wayne Rooney – 57 million Euros
Wayne Rooney from Manchester United gets 180,000 Euros per week, and HarperCollins has already paid him six million Euros for five books. He is one of the greatest football players nowadays and one of the richest also, as he earned about 20 million Euros in 2012. His company Stoneygate 48 is 5 million Euros worth, and along with Ryan Giggs has invested in Waverton Property. Rooney lives with his fiancee in his palace worth another five million. His salary is constantly increasing, so he will
proceed higher through the years, believe me.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 54 million Euros
Zlatan has with seven different teams won seven league titles, and in PSG currently earns 250,000 Euros per week. He is a truly goal-poacher and always knows when and how to score a goal when needed. Moving in PSG along with Thiago Silva from AC Milan was a great step, as well as for his pocket of course. Male model of Nike, released an autobiography, and good part of his wealth he invested in real estate in Malmo, Sweden and apartments in Milan and New York. Recently, for 3 million Euros in Sweden bought an island in Lake Malaren, with 500 acres of hunting area.