Monday, March 1, 2021

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World’s Richest Soccer Players, 2021

With a net worth of roughly $500 million, Cristiano Ronaldo is the wealthiest soccer player in the world, followed by David Beckham ($450 million), Lionel Messi ($400 million); and Dave Welan ($210 Million). Neymar is the fifth-richest soccer player in the world, with a $200 million fortune. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ranked 6th with a personal wealth of $190 Million, followed by Wayne Rooney with $170 Million. Who are the richest soccer players in the world?

Some of the players or former players are involved with other industries as well making a fortune from their businesses. However, most of them are dedicated to their sport.

World’s Richest Soccer Players, 2021

RankNameNet WorthNationalityProfession
1Christiano Ronaldo$500MPortugueseFootball player, Fashion entrepreneur
2David Beckam$450 MillionBritishModel, Athlete, Actor, Soccer Player
3Lionel Messi$400 MillionArgentinianFootball player
4Dave Welan$210 MillionBritishBusinessperson, Football player
5Neymar$200 MillionBrazilianFootball player
6Zlatan Ibrahimovic$190 MillionSwedenFootball player
7Wayne Rooney$170 MillionBritishFootball player, Soccer Player
8Ronaldo$160 MillionBrazilianFootball player, Actor
9Gareth Bale$145 MillionBritishFootball player
10Thiery Henry$130 MillionFrenchFootball player
11Paul Pogba$125 MillionFrenchFootball player
12Andres Iniesta$120 MillionSpanishFootball player
13Jose Murinho$120 MillionPortugueseFootball player, Coach, Manager
14Mesut Ozil$120 MillionGermanFootball player
15Zinedine Zidane$120 MillionFrenchFormer football player, Coach, Manager
16Eden Hazard$100 MillionBelgianFootball player
17Pele$100 MillionBrazilianActor, Football player, Film Producer
18Philipp Lahm$100 MillionGermanFootball player
19Raul Gonzalez Blanco$100 MillionSpanishFormer football player
20Kylian Mbappe$95 MillionFrenchFootball player
21Samuel Eto' o$95 MillionCameroonianFootball player
22Didier Drogba$90 MillionIvory CoastFootball player
23Fabio Capello$90 MillionItalianCoach, Soccer Player
24Fernando Torres$90 MillionSpanishSoccer Player
25Frank Lampard$90 MillionBritishFootball player, Soccer Player
26Kaka$90 MillionBrazilianFootball player
27Mohamed Salah$90 Million-Football player
28Ronaldinho$90 MillionBrazilianFootball player
29Steven Gerrard$90 MillionBritishSoccer Player
30Robert Lewandowski$85 MillionPolishSoccer Player
31Arjen Roben$80 MillionDutchFootball player
32Bastian Schweinsteiger$80 MillionGermanFootball player
33Gerard Pique$80 MillionSpanishFootball player, Soccer Player
34Mario Balotelli$80 MillionItalianFootball player
35Sergio Aguero$80 MillionArgentinianFootball player
36Sergio Ramos$80 MillionSpanishFootball player
37David de Gea$75 MillionSpanishFootball player
38Rio Ferdinand$75 MillionBritishFootball player
39Frank Ribery$70 MillionFrenchFootball player
40Hulk$70 MillionBrazilianFootball player
41John Terry$70 MillionBritishFootball player
42Luis Suarez$70 MillionUruguayFootball player
43Oscar$70 MillionBrazilianFootball player
44Radamel Falcao$70 MillionColombianFootball player
45Sir Alex Ferguson$70 MillionBritishCoach, Manager, former football player
46Yaya Toure$70 MillionIvory CoastCoach, Manager, Football player
47Antoine Griezmann$60 MillionFrenchFootball player
48Dani Alves$60 MillionBrazilianFootball player
49Robinho$60 MillionBrazilianFootball player
50Ryan Giggs$60 MillionBritishFormer football player

Detailed findings & methodology: CEOWORLD magazine put together a panel of experts to go over data points culled from virtually every reputable wealth tracking media outlet including Bloomberg, The Richest, Money Inc, Cheat Sheet, GOBankingRates, Celebritynetworth, Wealthygorilla, Forbes, and more. Based on a consensus from these sources, the final decision for ranking was judged editorially. All data is for the most recent period available. Some were not included in the official statistics for various reasons, primarily due to the lack of necessary data. Just remember, these values and fluctuations are estimations based on a host of variables and publicly available documents. The margin of sampling error for the full data sample is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse, and measurement error——that could affect the results. All figures in US dollars.

Anna Siampani
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