Top 10 Richest Footballers in the World: 2023

Football is a sport in which a great deal of money can be made. In football, most players make a lot of money by trading their abilities for money. In regard to the Richest Footballers in the world, one interesting fact is that not every player with the highest salary is also the world’s wealthiest. Here is a list of the top ten richest football players.

1. Faiq Bolkiah – $20 billion

With a net worth estimated at $20 Billion in 2023, Faiq Bolkiah is the world’s richest footballer. His current position is that of a midfielder for the Thai club Chonburi. As a member of the Bruneian Royal Family, he also served as the team captain. He was born on 9 May 1998 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – $690 million

It is estimated that CR7’s net worth will reach $690 million in 2023. In 2020, he earned $105 million before taxes and fees, ranking fourth on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list. Today, he ranks as the world’s 2nd richest footballer. CR7 is well known for being a highly successful businessman. In addition to being a hotelier, he has an endorsement deal with Nike, making him the world’s wealthiest footballer. He is worth $650 million.

Ronaldo has returned to United after winning three Premier League championships and one Champions League during his previous tenure between 2003 and 2009. He earns $70 million in salary and bonuses. Besides promoting perfumes, underwear, eyeglasses, hotels, and gyms under the CR7 brand, he also earns money by entering into sponsorships and agreements with these and other companies.

3. Lionel Messi – $620 million

The World Cup winner has made almost 1,000 goal contributions to Barcelona since making his professional debut in 2004 and joined PSG in the summer of 2021. Messi is the greatest player of all time due to his dazzling dribbles, but he falls behind his GOAT rival Cristiano Ronaldo on this list.

He’s reported to earn € 3.375 million a month at PSG, and he has long-term contracts with Adidas, Pepsi, MasterCard and Budweiser as well. With the World Cup under his belt, Messi has probably reached the pinnacle of his career on the field, but his off-field life is not too shabby either.

4. David Beckham – $450 million

A former football player from England, David Beckham stands third on the list of the wealthiest footballers in the world. His estimated net worth is 450 million dollars, and he is currently the president of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City.

As a young player, Beckham signed for Manchester United at the age of 17. During his career of almost two decades, Beckham made several records and became a global ambassador for soccer. Beckham consistently ranked among the highest earners in football. In 2013, he was also ranked as the highest-paid player in the world.

5. Dave Whelan – $220 million


Dave Whelan was one of the best football players ever, and thanks to his extraordinary career and successful business ventures, he is now considered among the richest footballers in the world, even at 85. He played for Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandra football clubs, as well as Wigan Athletic.

Whelan’s net worth is estimated to be in the vicinity of 220 million dollars, making him one of the wealthiest soccer players. He has been given the Freedom of the Borough of Wigan by the Wigan Borough Council.

6. Neymar Jr. – $200 million

The PSG winger is a worldwide superstar and has won almost everything a club can win, except for the Champions League. He became the highest-paid player in the world when he moved to Paris, and was instantly recognizable around the world. Our seventh place list includes endorsements, massive sportswear deals with Nike and Puma, and two film appearances.

7. Zlatan Ibrahimović – $200 million

A career that has taken him to AC Milan, Manchester United, Barcelona, PSG and LA Galaxy, as well as winning over 30 trophies, he is nearing 600 club goals.

Despite being 41 years old, Zlatan remains one of the top performers with AC Milan in Serie A. With massive salaries and an autobiography that is a huge success, Zlatan has managed to acquire an immense fortune to match his ego.

8. Kylian Mbappe – $175 million

It is amazing that Kylian Mbappe is only 23 years old, but he is among the most accomplished and richest soccer players in the world. A number of magazines have cited Mbappe as the highest-paid athlete numerous times. With just seven years on the planet, Mbappe has already set numerous records for his dribbling skills, speed, and finishing.

The record-breaking player he set for his club was the second-most expensive player and the most expensive teenage player, as well as the second-highest goal scorer of all time. Moreover, Mbappe became the youngest French player in history to score in a World Cup Final and the second teenager to do so. Mbappe’s net worth is 176 million dollars, which makes him the seventh richest soccer player on the planet.

9. Wayne Rooney – $170 million

The English footballer Wayne Rooney is one of the most wealthy people in the world. He is worth $170 million, which is a huge amount of money. Rooney has been one of the top 10 highest-paid footballers for the past 11 years.

Among his partnerships are Samsung, Coca-Cola, EA Sports, and Nike, which make up his estimated net worth of $170 million.

10. Gareth Bale – $145 million

When Bale was at Spurs, he reportedly earned about $ 30 million a year, making him the Galactico at Real Madrid. As such, it was surprising that he took a huge pay cut when he joined LAFC in the MLS, earning £100k a week. That’s peanuts compared to what the rest of this list earns.

Several companies, including Adidas, EA Sports, Lucozade and BT Sport, have sponsored him throughout his career. Additionally, he earns a tidy sum from sponsored posts that he makes to his 50 million Instagram followers. Once his playing career has come to an end, he will be able to fund a move into golf, his main love.

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