Money is not equivalent to success, but for footballers, earning truckloads of money is not surprising as World-class athletes often do. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have set a benchmark when it comes to antics on the field but there are others that have monetized the most out of their game. We take a look at the Top 5 Richest footballers of all Time.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Net Worth – $190 million)
Zlatan is known for his big mouth, his heroics on the field and his hilarious comments his fierce competitive nature. The Swede is one of the few to have played in almost every league in Europe and won something or the other wherever he has set foot. With a net worth of 190 million dollars, he’s set to grow even bigger in the MLS, where he took a 95% pay cut, but is set to bag the bucks having signed deals with Volvo, Nivea, XBox etc.
4. Dave Wheelan (Net Worth – $210 million)
A man beyond description, Whelan played in between years 1986 and 95 and ended up being a business tycoon by the time he was finished with his footballing career. He successfully launched a supermarket chain, sold it to a compatriot and came back to football, buying stakes in the Wigan Football Club. He led Wigan to FA Cup glory in 2013 and promoted them to Premier League from the 4th division.
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3. Lionel Messi (Net Worth – $400 million)
Football’s good boy, Lionel Messi earns one of the highest wages in European football and rightly so. He’s been at Barcelona all his life and that makes his achievements all the more special. He’s a magnet for new and exciting talent coming through at the Camp Nou while earning weekly wages that’s second only to Cristiano Ronaldo.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Net Worth – $450 million)
The Juve goal machine might be past his prime according to some, but he’s yet to finish on an illustrious career spanning two decades. He’s played in Portugal, England, Spain and Juventus and holds multiple sponsorship deals and brand tie-ups, not to mention his own brand CR7.
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1. David Beckham (Net Worth – $450 million)
The poster boy of English football at the turn of the century, David Beckham has seen it all. He’s been part of the treble winning Manchester United side, the Galacticos of Real Madrid and the PSG stars. He’s also made his name in the MLS with LA Galaxy and is on the verge of having his own team in the league.