Football players earn enormous salaries, and they are some of the highest-paid athletes in the world.
Many exceptionally talented football players have emerged from various football leagues worldwide, thrilling football fans everywhere, and football is one of the most lucrative sports globally, owing to the number of talented players who earn huge wages.
In this post, we list the eight richest football players in the world as of 2021.
Faiq Bolkiah has a net worth of $20 billion in 2021, making him the richest soccer player in the world among the top seven. Faiq Bolkiah's family background explains why he is the world's richest player, as he is a member of Brunei's royal family.
Faiq Bolkiah is the son of Brunei's Prince Jefri Bolkiah, and he plays for the Portuguese club Maritimo.
Faiq Bolkiah's uncle, Hassanal Bolkiah, is Sultan of an oil-rich kingdom, and he was born in Los Angeles and held dual citizenship in both Brunei and the United States.
The ex-Arsenal man didn’t make all of his bucks whilst chasing a ball around the pitch. Although a successful player, his money was made outside of the beautiful game.
He is the co-owner of GF Biochemicals, a company that produces Levulinic Acid, a molecule made from plant waste that can be a substitute for petrol. He runs the company with his partner Pasquale Granata.
Bigger than his ex-club!
The Real Madrid great Cristiano Ronaldo has a net worth of $460 million, making him the world's second-richest footballer.
Ronaldo is a world-renowned footballer who has represented Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. He is now playing in the Italian Serie A.
According to Forbes Records, Cristiano Ronaldo will earn $120 million in 2021, making him the world's third most paid athlete after Lionel Messi.
His net worth has also increased due to $47 million in endorsements, including five Ballon d'Or, FIFA World Player of the Year, and many more. He is now one of the world's wealthiest players, as a result of his expanding net worth.
Lionel Messi will be the world's third-richest soccer player in 2021, with an estimated fortune of $400 million.
In addition, Lionel Messi is one of the world's most decorated footballers. His football style is uncannily similar to the late Diego Maradona, and this player's goal-scoring instincts, dribbling skill, and overall awareness are exceptional.
Messi began his professional football career with the Barcelona C and Barcelona B clubs before moving up to the first team.
According to Forbes Records, Lionel Messi will earn $130 million in 2021, making him the world's second-highest-paid athlete after UFC fighter Conor McGregor.
Messi is sponsored by a number of brands, including Gatorade, Adidas, Huawei, Lay's, Mastercard, Pepsi, Hawkers, and Ooredoo- making him one of the wealthiest footballers in the world.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish magician, will have a net worth of approximately 190 million dollars in 2021, making him the world's fourth wealthiest soccer player. He is widely regarded as one of Sweden’s Greatest Players.
Ibrahimovic is a Swedish footballer who plays for AC Milan, an Italian league club, and he has played for various other national teams, as well as the Swedish national team at different clubs throughout Europe.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a world-class player who stands tall, and moves quickly. His physical qualities make him one of the most challenging strikers to date, and he has frustrated many of the greatest defenders that he has faced during his career, spanning six leagues.
As a soccer player, Ibrahimovic presently earns €3.5 million per year. In addition, he has endorsement deals with Nike, Microsoft Xbox, Nivea, Samsung, and Volvo that total more than $10 million per year.
Former Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is regarded as one of the Premier League's and Manchester United's all-time best players.
Rooney is the all-time leading scorer for England and Manchester United. He scored 51 goals in 120 games for England and 253 goals in 559 appearances for Manchester United.
Former Manchester United midfielder Wayne Rooney is the manager of Derby County, aside from England's second division. With sponsorship deals with Nokia, Coca-Cola, Adidas, and FIFA, the former England striker is one of the most marketable active English footballers.
He also owns a big mansion in the English civil parish of Prestbury, which is valued at $17.83 million.
According to Forbes, Gareth Bale of Wales will be the world's sixth-richest footballer in 2020, with a net worth of 145 million dollars.
Gareth Bale is a Spanish footballer who was on loan from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur for the 2020 season. There are few football players that can match his speed. Bale was transferred by Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.3 million.
One of the world's best footballers, Gareth Bale is paid £15 million per year by Real Madrid, making him one of the game's wealthiest players.
One of the greatest Welsh players of all time, Gareth Bale also has the bank balance to match the trophy cabinet,
According to Forbes, Andres Iniesta is a Barcelona legend and midfield maestro, and he is the world's seventh wealthiest footballer.
Andreas Iniesta, a former Barcelona midfielder who is no longer with the Spanish national team, was widely regarded as one of the best in the world in his position, and he appeared in 131 games for Spain and scored 13 goals.
Vissel Kobe, the Japanese club where Iniesta currently plays, has signed him. He was the club's captain before to current captain Lionel Messi.
Iniesta was a key player of Spain's World Cup-winning squad in South Africa in 2010, and in the tournament's final match, he assisted former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas' game-winning goal against the Netherlands.
Iniesta earned more than $11.5 million in a single year when playing for Barcelona, where he earned $240,000 a week. He made more than $600,000 per week at Visel Kobe, which really enhanced his net worth.