10) Frank Lampard – Net Worth: €80 Million ($87 million)
English professional football player Frank Lampard plays for Manchester City. He was with Chelsea for 13 years and is the club’s all-time leading goal scorer. He is one of the best midfielders of his generation.
9) Ronaldinho – Net Worth: €83 ($90.5 million)
Brazilian legend Ronaldinho plays for Mexican club Queretaro. He won FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. He has played 97 matches and scored 33 goals.
8) Raul – Net Worth: €85 Million ($93 million)
Raul is a Spanish professional football player who plays as a striker for New York Cosmos. He was with Real Madrid for 16 years and is the club’s all-time top goal scorer with 323 goals.
7) Samuel Eto’o – Net Worth: €87 Million ($95 million)
This Cameroonian football player plays for Sampdoria as a striker. He is the most successful and decorated African footballer of all time. He has netted massive contracts throughout his career. Eto’o was in fact once the highest-paid player in the world during his spell with Anzhi Makhachkala where he earned €20 million ($25 million) a year after taxes.
6) Kaka – Net Worth: €96 Million ($105 million)
Brazilian professional football player Kaka is an attacking midfielder, currently playing for American Major League Soccer club Orlando City. Kaka made most of his money while playing for Real Madrid. He is the highest-paid soccer player ever in the United States with a guaranteed salary of $7.2 million per year.
5) Wayne Rooney – Net Worth: €103 Million ($112 million)
Wayne Rooney is a talented and famous English professional football player. He is the captain of the English national team and the Manchester United club. He spent two seasons at the Merseyside club and moved to Manchester United for ₤25.6 million in 2004. He also earns by endorsing reputed brands like Chevrolet.
4) Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Net Worth: €105 Million ($114 million)
This Swedish professional football player is an internet sensation. He is the captain of the Swedish national team. He also plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain. In 2006 he completed a €24.8 million move to Internazionale by signing a four-year deal.
3) Neymar – Net Worth: €135 Million ($148 million)
Neymar is the captain of the Brazil national team. He plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona. He has scored 43 goals in 62 matches for Brazil. SportsPro named him the most marketable athlete in the world in the years 2012 and 2013. In 2014 alone he earned $33.6 million, according to Forbes. His move to Barca was worth €57.1 million making it the 15th most expensive football transfer of all time. The striker will make $74 million in salary over five years; $13 million of which is a signing bonus.
2) Lionel Messi – Net Worth: €200 Million ($218 million)
Lionel Messi is a true football legend. It is a pleasure to watch him play the game. This Argentine football player plays for Argentina national team and FC Barcelona. He is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or. As per Forbes’ 2014 list, Messi earned a total of $65 million within 12 months. He is one of football’s biggest endorsers of all-time.
1) Cristiano Ronaldo – Net Worth: €210 Million ($230 million)
Ronaldo’s Real Madrid contract earns him more than €18 million per year. In 2014 he featured on Forbes list with total earnings of $80 million, which he made between 2013- 14. He is the captain of the Portugal national team. He became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth €94 million. He also makes money by endorsing famous brands like Motorola, Tag Heuer and Nike.
If you are talented and confident enough you can make a career as a football player and become a millionaire as these 20 football players.