Richest Soccer Players In The World

Soccer is certainly one of the most popular sports in the world. It has a huge fan following. The fans equally follow not only international tournaments but also league football. You will find stadiums full of fans in every club match in Europe.

People are crazy about the sport and for the players. Major leagues in Europe are all very expensive. Players are paid unbelievable salaries. Players like Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Pele, Maradona, and others are worshiped. They have a great fan following. So, their endorsement payment is pretty high too.

With the insane salary and the amount they earn from sponsorship, most soccer players lead a very luxurious life. But who earns the most? Let’s check on the world’s top 20 richest Soccer players in 2023.

Top 20 Richest Soccer Players In The World

Player Name Net Worth (USD)
Cristiano Ronaldo $450 Million
David Beckham $450 Million
Lionel Messi $400 Million
Dave Whelan $220 Million
Alexandre Pato $145 Million
Wayne Rooney $145 Million
Gareth Bale $125 Million
Francesco Totti $101.6 Million
Pele $100 Million
Eden Hazard $100 Million
Kaka $95 Million
Samuel Eto $95 Million
Didier Drogba $90 Million
Zlatan Ibrahimovic $90 Million
Ronaldinho $90 Million
Andres Iniesta $86 Million
Sergio Ramos $80 Million
Arjen Robben $80 Million
Sergio Aguero $80 Million
Willian $75 Million
Rio Ferdinand $75 Million

As you can see, these players are quite rich, and some have hundreds of millions of dollars in net worth. Let’s check on them in detail to have a peek into their luxurious life.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Full name Cristiano Ronaldo
Country Portugal
Date of birth February 5, 1985
Sponsors Nike, Herbalife, Altice, MTG, DAZN, EA Sports, CR7, Clear, ROC Live Life, Pestana CR7, Unilabs
  • Instagram: 332m followers
  • Facebook: 126m followers
  • Twitter: 96m followers
  • TikTok: 5.5m followers

Who else do you think could be on top of the list? He has been on top of his game since the mid-2000s. Popularly known as CR7, the Portuguese superstar has had one of Europe’s most successful club football careers. He has won the UEFA champions league five times and also won the Ballon d’Or five times.

CR7 was transferred to Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 at a record transfer fee of $132 million. Right now, he is playing for Al-Nassr FC.

Apart from his successful career, he is also known for his stylish look. The man has 332 million followers on Instagram. He is also the most With more than 520 million followers across social media, CR7 stands as the most followed athlete globally.

With so much popularity, CR7 signed some of the biggest endorsement deals in history. His 2016 deal with Nike for a lifetime is reportedly worth more than a billion USD! Ronaldo deserved each penny of the deal. Remember the infamous Coca-cola incident? ROnaldo’s rejection of Coca-cola cost the company a 1.6 percent drop, which is about 4 billion USD in the market!

With such a strong fan following, the Portuguese star ranks number one among the top 20 richest soccer players in the world, with a net worth of $450 million.

2. David Beckham

David Beckham

Full name David Robert Joseph Beckham
Country England
Date of birth May 2, 1975
Sponsors Adidas, Haig Club, Tudor Watch, L’Oreal, Kent & Curwen, GOAT, Sands, AIA, Maserati, Marina Bay Sands
  • Instagram: 69.7m followers
  • Facebook: 55.8m likes
  • Twitter: 19.7m followers

David Beckham is considered one of the finest midfielders ever. He spent nearly two decades at Manchester United and then moved on to play for several other clubs. Though he has retired, he still has endorsement deals with brands like Adidas and Haig Club.

Beckham also has good popularity on social media. The English soccer player has more than 150 million followers on social media across different platforms. With a net worth of approximately $450 USD, he stands as the second richest soccer in the world. 

3. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Full name Lionel Andres Messi
Country Argentina
Date of birth June 24, 1987
Sponsors Adidas, Pepsi, Huawei, Mastercard, Jacob & Co., Gatorade, Lay’s
  • Instagram: 232m followers
  • Facebook: 105m followers
  • Twitter: 86.7m followers
  • TikTok: 17.8m followers

You must have been looking for his name. Well, here we are. He is not far from becoming number one on this list. Lionel Messi, arguably one of the greatest soccer players of all time, rightfully has a net worth of $400 million.

Messi had a historic tenure with FC Barcelona and is now currently playing for PSG. He has achieved everything there was for him to win, including the FIFA World Cup. After his transfer from the FCB to the PSG, he now earns a salary of $141 million!

In addition, he has endorsement deals with Adidas, Pepsi, Huawei, Mastercard, and a number of other top brands. Messi signed a lifetime contract of endorsement with Adidas worth $1 billion! Messi leads a highly luxurious life. According to some reports, he owns more than ten luxury cars.

The world champion currently ranks number three on our list with a net worth of 400 million USD.

4. Dave Whelan

Dave Whelan

Full name David Whelan
Country England
Date of birth 24 November 1936
Sponsors N/A
  • Instagram: 23m followers

The English football legend Dave Whelan retired from soccer a long time ago, in 1966. He founded the football club Wigan Athletic. It has been a good source of income for him. Besides, he is a good businessman too. With $220 million, he will be the fourth wealthiest soccer player alive in 2023.

5. Alexandre Pato

Alexandre Pato

Full name Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva
Country Brazil
Date of birth September 2, 1989
Sponsors N/A
  • Instagram: 2.8m followers
  • Twitter: 1.6m followers

The Brazilian world cup winning player Alexandre Pato had played for several clubs before retiring. Pato played for several high-profile clubs, such as AC Milan, Chelsea, and Tianjin Quanjian.

Pato earned a significant income from his salaries, bonuses, and endorsement deals as a professional footballer. In addition to his football career, Pato has also invested in various business ventures. He owns a football academy in Brazil and has also been involved in real estate and other investments.

He is very active on his social media account, where he shares daily updates of his life.

6. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Full name Wayne Mark Rooney
Country England
Date of birth October 24, 1985
Sponsors Nike, EA Sports, Samsung, Harper Collins, Coca-Cola, Nokia, Chevrolet, Lucozade
  • Instagram: 16.9m followers
  • Facebook: 25m likes
  • Twitter: 17.8m followers

Wayne Rooney, the man who was the flagbearer of Manchester United for over a decade. He holds the record for scoring the most goals for the red devils. Nike, EA Sports, Samsung, Harper Collins, Coca-Cola, and some other big brands have signed endorsement contracts with him.

He is currently the manager for DC United and gets a salary of $3.1 million a year. His net worth is currently 145 million USD, which makes him among the top richest Soccer players.

7. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Full name Gareth Frank Bale
Country Wales
Date of birth July 16, 1989
Sponsors Adidas, Lucozade, BT Sport, Sony, Footlocker, EA Sports, Nissan, Konami
  • Instagram: 50.1m followers
  • Facebook: 18m likes
  • Twitter: 7.8m followers

The former soccer player had some great moments with Real Madrid before announcing his retirement earlier this year. Hye joined Real Madrid under a contract that mentioned he would get $543,000 per week.

He also signed endorsement deals with brands like Adidas, EA Sports, Nissan, and Konami. With a net worth of $125 million, he secures his position among the top 20 richest players in the world in 2023.

8. Francesco Totti

Francesco Totti

Full name Francesco Totti
Country Italy
Date of birth September 27, 1976
Sponsors Nike, Pepsi, Vodafone, TIM
  • Instagram: 5.5m followers
  • Twitter: 1.6m followers

If you belong to Gen Z, then the name Totti may sound a little unknown to you. Totti is one of the most popular soccer players in the late 90s. He spent most of his career playing for Roma, one of the most popular and richest clubs in Italy.

Totti was the highest-paid soccer player during his peak. He earned a significant amount of money during his career through his football contracts, endorsement deals, and various business ventures.

Moreover, he owns several restaurants and a clothing line, which have helped him to further increase his wealth. Overall, Totti’s successful football career, endorsement deals, and business ventures have all contributed to his wealth and financial success.

9. Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

Full name Eden Michael Hazard
Country Belgium
Date of birth January 7, 1991
Sponsors Nike, Topps, and Bwin.
  • Instagram: 30.5m followers
  • Twitter: 5.6m followers

Eden Hazard is one of the key players of Real Madrid in 2023, so you can guess he is earning a good amount of money. Right now, he receives more than four hundred thousand dollars per week.

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His additional income comes from Nike, Topps, and Bwin. According to some reports, he earns around 5 million USD yearly as endorsement fees. Hazard is quite active on Instagram and has a good amount of followers there.

10. Kaka

Kaka

Full name Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Kaká)
Country Brazil
Date of birth April 22, 1982
Sponsors Adidas, Pepsi, Samsung, and Heliocare.
  • Instagram: 37.5m followers
  • Twitter: 30.6m followers

Are you surprised to see the Brazilian legend Kaka on this list? There is nothing to be surprised by. He played for several high-profile clubs that paid a fortune to keep him in the teams. And he has immense popularity among the fans too.

Kaka has a great number of followers on both Instagram and Twitter. So, naturally, he still has good endorsement values for the brands. During his peak time in his career, he signed some lucrative contracts, especially with Real Madrid.

In addition to his football career, Kaka has also financed various business ventures over the years. He owns a clothing line and a footwear brand and has invested in several tech startups, which have helped him to further increase his wealth.

Kaka knows how to return the love of his fans. He does a lot of charity work to help people around the world. Currently, he is worth a total of 95 million USD.

11. Samuel Eto

Samuel Eto

Full name Samuel Eto’o Fils
Country Cameroon
Date of birth March 10, 1981
Sponsors Puma, Ford, Samsung, MTN, Qatar Airways, BetClic, and Ford Motor Company
  • Instagram: 10.6m followers
  • Twitter: 5.5m followers

Samuel Eto is one of the most popular soccer players from Cameroon. His skill in the game helped him get contract offers from some of the biggest clubs in the world. Eto also signed some long-term deals with Puma, Ford, Samsung, Qatar Airways, and others.

He was announced the African Player of the Year award four times. Naturally, he is quite respected in the continent and so holds good value for brands. Therefore, he still earns a large amount of money yearly.

12. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba

Full name Didier Yves Drogba Tébily
Country Ivory Coast
Date of birth March 11, 1978
Sponsors Pepsi, Samsung, Orange, Budweiser, and Konami
  • Instagram: 5.7m followers
  • Twitter: 1.5m followers

You can see that Drogba has brands like Pepsi, Samsung, and Orange to sponsor him. You can guess from it that he earns quite a lot in a year. Drogba became Chelsea’s top-scoring overseas player of all time. The status helped him get a 110867 per week contract.

Drogba is active on social media and has almost 8 million followers on Instagram and Twitter combined. His face value, therefore, is still so high. Besides, he is quite popular among African people and players. With a net worth of 90 Million USD, he is number 12 among the top 20 richest soccer players in the world.

13. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Full name Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Country Sweden
Date of birth October 3, 1981
Sponsors Nike, Volvo, Visa, Microsoft Xbox, and Bethard
  • Instagram: 48.9m followers
  • Twitter: 6.6m followers

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is quite famous among millennial and Zen G soccer fans. His popularity is not only based on his soccer skill or performance. He is more famous because of his savage replies to the questions of journalists. But one has to admit that Zlatan could do some insane stuff in the field that no one else could do.

He has a huge fan following of 48.9 million on Instagram. He had a high salary of $8 million. He also signed a huge contract with PSG. He has endorsement deals with Nike, Volvo, Visa, Microsoft Xbox, and Bethard. With $90 million, he is one of the richest players in the world.

14. Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho

Full name Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (Ronaldinho)
Country Brazil
Date of birth March 21, 1980
Sponsors Nike, Pepsi, EA Sports, Gatorade, and Coca-Cola
  • Instagram: 52.6m followers
  • Twitter: 18.5m followers

You must know Ronaldinho. There is no way you haven’t heard of his name. And if you are a soccer fan, then you must also check his insane skill videos. His ability to control the ball is unparalleled. And he is still quite famous.

The legendary Brazilian superstar has over 50 million followers on Instagram. His overhead kicks, free kick pass, and dribbling skills are still very famous among the new generation of children, and they want to be like him.

Because of his popularity, he is still in endorsement contracts with Nike, Pepsi, EA Sports, Coca-Cola, and some other popular brands. Hence, he still earns around $90 million per year.

15. Andres Iniesta

Andres Iniesta

Full name Andres Iniesta Lujan
Country Spain
Date of birth May 11, 1984
Sponsors Nike, Audi, Banco Sabadell, and Estrella Damm
  • Instagram: 35.4m followers
  • Twitter: 23.2m followers

Iniesta is one of the best midfielders of modern times. He is active both on Instagram and Twitter and has a total of more than fifty million followers. He played for some of the world’s biggest clubs, including Barcelona and Vissel Kobe.

Iniesta has had several lucrative endorsement deals throughout his career, including agreements with brands such as Nike, Asics, and Nissan. He has also released his own line of wines and has been a brand ambassador for Japanese Sake.

Iniesta also is a smart investor and made some wise investments that helped him gain a good sum of wealth. He is currently playing for the Japanese club Vissel Kobe at $30 million per year, making him one of the top 20 richest Soccer players in the world.

16. Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos

Full name Sergio Ramos Garcia
Country Spain
Date of birth March 30, 1986
Sponsors Nike, PepsiCo, Hugo Boss, and Gatorade
  • Instagram: 49.7m followers
  • Twitter: 17.1m followers

Sergio Ramos is among the most popular defenders of modern times. He has great skill in tackling, but on social media, he is more popular for his aggressive tackling. Ramos is currently playing in the PSG with a yearly salary of $13.94 million. No wonder he is on the list.

17. Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben

Full name Arjen Robben
Country Netherlands
Date of birth January 23, 1984
Sponsors Adidas, Audi, Gillette, and Samsung
  • Instagram: 7.6m followers
  • Twitter: 1.1m followers

The pair of Robben and Ribery became very popular during the mid-2010s. He played for several big clubs, including Bayern Munich. Brands like Adidas, Audi, Gillette, and Samsung have signed him as their brand ambassador. With a net worth of $80 million, he is one of the richest soccer players.

18. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero 

Full name Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo
Country Argentina
Date of birth June 2, 1988.
Sponsors Puma, Pepsi, and Hugo Boss
  • Instagram: 20m followers
  • Twitter: 7m followers

Sergio Aguero is one of the most popular soccer players of the present day. He has played for several top-tier clubs, including Atletico Madrid and Manchester City, and has earned millions of dollars in salary and bonuses.

He has several endorsement deals with major brands, including Puma, Pepsi, and Hugo Boss. Like some other athletes, Aguero also made some wise investments that helped him earn a good amount of money. With $80 million, he will be among the richest soccer players in 2023.

19. Willian

Willian

Full name Willian Borges da Silva (Willian)
Country Brazil
Date of birth August 9, 1988
Sponsors Nike, Electronic Arts, Samsung, and Beats by Dre
  • Instagram: 9.9m followers
  • Twitter: 2.1m followers

Willian made his debut in 2006 and, since then, has been a consistent performer in the field. He has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Chelsea, Arsenal, and Corinthians. He has won numerous titles with these teams, including the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Copa Libertadores.

Willian is also known for his friendly and humble personality, both on and off the field. He is often seen interacting with fans and teammates and has a reputation for being a team player. His positive image and regular performance in the field have earned him sponsors like Nike, Electronic Arts, and Samsung.

20. Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand

Full name Rio Gavin Ferdinand
Country England
Date of birth November 7, 1978
Sponsors Nike, BT Sport, and Rosso Restaurant & Bar
  • Instagram: 6.2m followers
  • Twitter: 9.6m followers

Rio Ferdinand is sponsored by Nike, BT Sport, and Rosso Restaurant & Bar. He earns a handsome amount from endorsement. Besides, he had signed a handsome deal with the red devils, Manchester United.

After his retirement, he established himself as a TV Pundit and is doing great. With increased popularity, he is now earning a good amount from his TV appearances too. In addition, he invested his money wisely in fashion and real estate and has gained much profit there. With a net worth of $75 million, he is our last entrant in the top 20 richest Soccer players in the world in 2023.

Conclusion

This was our list of the top 20 richest Soccer players in the world in 2023. These players have entertained fans around the world and so earned popularity and wealth they have. Their talent and skills have helped them reach the status they have today.

Golam Muktadir is a passionate sports fan and a dedicated movie buff. He has been writing about both topics for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with his readers. Muktadir has a degree in journalism and has written for several well-known publications, including Surprise Sports and Surprise Movies.

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