Soccer, or football for our overseas friends, is one of the most popular sports in the world. In fact, many would argue that it is actually the most popular in the world.
The beautiful game, as it is known, has bred some of the greatest players to ever lace up their boots. It has also helped to create some of the richest soccer players in the world.
We know that soccer had very humble beginnings, yet we also know that soccer players are paid an extortionate amount of money, to essentially kick a ball of air around.
We aren’t here to debate whether soccer players are overpaid, as that would be pointless.
Instead, what we’re here for is to look at some of the richest soccer players in the world.
Here, in no particular order, is a look at several of the world’s highest-paid soccer players, and a little more about them and their clubs.
Oh, and just to be clear, these are soccer players past and present, so some of them have now retired.
The Richest Soccer Players In The World
17. Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand is the first soccer player to make our list.
Rio is best known for his time at Manchester United, as well as when he played for his country, England, on international duty.
Rio Ferdinand made the shocking switch from Leeds Utd to Man Utd and people were convinced that he would flop.
He didn’t. Instead, he thrived and formed a formidable partnership with Nemanja Vidic, helping Man Utd to win countless premiership titles and even the Champion’s League title.
Now retired, Rio is a pundit and has a net worth of $75 Million.
Willian, and yes, that’s not a typo, is a Brazilian soccer player who made his pro debut back in 2006.
He started his career with Corinthians and went on to make five league appearances and score two goals.
He made the big bucks, however when he was signed to Chelsea Football Club in 2013.
Chelsea signed him for £30 Million and he quickly earned his keep.
He currently wears the number 10 shirt for the club and has replaced Eden Hazard.
He is one of Chelsea’s most valuable players and has a net worth of $75 Million.
15. Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos is one of Spain’s most exciting and popular players.
He is the captain of the club Real Madrid, as well as the captain of his country.
He began his career at Seville but was signed to Real Madrid in 2005.
He initially struggled to find his form and was plagued by injury.
In 2009 however, he came good and started performing to the best of his abilities.
He found his form and helped Madrid become one of the most formidable teams in La Liga.
He plays as a central defender and has won two world cups, one European title, and countless trophies for Real Madrid. Ramos’ net worth is $80 Million.
14. Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben is a Dutch footballer who has been playing pro football since he was a youth.
In 2000, aged just 16, he made his pro debut for FC Groningen.
He was shortly signed to PSV in 2002/2003, before signing for Chelsea FC in 2004.
Robben quickly proved his worth and started scoring goals for fun, helping Chelsea to win multiple premiership titles, as well as other trophies including the FA Cup and Charity Shield.
In 2007 he signed for Real Madrid, before signing for Bayern Munich in 2009.
He recently retired from pro football, aged 35.
Robben currently has a net worth of $80 Million.
13. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Who else but Zlatan, right? Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish soccer player with a reputation for being as arrogant as he is talented.
Zlatan is currently nearing the end of his career, but he is providing that there’s still life in him yet, as he is currently tearing it up in the MLS for LA Galaxy.
At his peak, Zlatan played for Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain.
He scored countless spectacular goals and made them look effortless.
One of his most notable goals was an overhead bicycle kick for Sweden, against England.
Zlatan scored the goal from nearly 30 yards out, catching the keeper off his line.
He is currently estimated to be worth $90 Million.
Ronaldinho is considered to be one of the world’s greatest players.
This Brazilian soccer player retired from pro soccer last year, leaving behind a legacy that few will ever come close to matching.
Ronaldinho was a key player for the Brazilian national side, as well as playing a vital role in Barcelona’s numerous La Liga title wins.
He commonly played as an attacking midfielder, though occasionally he would play as a forward. Most of his career was spent in Barcelona, PSG, and AC Milan.
He has won Player of the Year twice, and the Golden Boot Award.
He is one of the richest soccer players in the industry, with a net worth of $90 Million.
11. Samuel Eto
Samuel Eto is one of Barcelona’s most recognized former stars.
He is one of Africa’s most decorated stars and has been voted African Player of the Year four times.
He played as a striker and scored plenty of goals during his career and won a number of trophies.
This is why his net worth is currently estimated to be around $95 Million as of this writing.
10. Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba is a Chelsea FC legend and himself is a former African Player of the Year winner.
Didier Drogba made a name for himself in the English Premiership.
He played as vice-captain of the squad and is actually Chelsea’s top-scoring player, overseas, of all time.
He hails from the Ivory Coast and also played for them when he was on international duty.
At his peak playing for Chelsea, after Roman Abramovich invested in the club, he was awarded a contract worth £105,000 per week.
He recently retired from the beautiful game, and now works as a pundit.
Currently, his net worth is around $90 Million.
9. Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard is currently one of the best soccer players in the world.
He is a Belgian international who, until recently, was an integral part of Chelsea FC’s starting line-up.
He recently left Chelsea and signed for Spanish club Real Madrid where he plays as a winger, and occasionally an attacking midfielder.
Hazard is one of the fastest players in the game and is renowned for his dribbling skills and his precision accuracy.
He recently helped Belgium to progress to the semi-finals of the World Cup, where they lost 1-0 to France.
Hazard is currently one of the richest footballers in the world, with an estimated net worth of over $100 Million.
Kaka is a Brazilian former pro footballer whom many considered to be one of the best of all time.
He recently played for Sao Paulo FC before winding down his career as a pro and retiring in 2017.
As a youngster, he was actually more interested in tennis than soccer, but as time went by he found that soccer appeared to come to him more naturally.
He signed his first contract with Sao Paulo FC aged just 15, so it’s fitting that this is where he also ended his playing days.
Kaka has played for Real Madrid, Brazil, Orlando City, Milan, and many more. His net worth stands at $95 Million.
7. Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale may have fallen out of favor with Zinedine Zidane, but he is still considered by many to be one of the greatest soccer players in the world.
Bale made a name for himself in the English Premiership, where he played for Tottenham Hotspurs.
He proved to be a formidable force and scored countless goals against some of the greatest teams in the world.
He also represented Wales in the European Championships.
He is known for his rapid pace and precision accuracy.
After impressing at Spurs, Real Madrid showed interest, and shortly afterward he signed for them.
Zidane recently took charge of Real and criticized Bale publicly.
Bale stayed loyal to Real and recently celebrated his sixth-year anniversary with the club.
His net worth is currently $125 Million.
6. Wayne Rooney
When he was just 16 years of age, Wayne Rooney, playing for Everton against Arsenal, whipped in a curling strike from nearly 30 yards out to beat David Seaman.
We were then introduced to Wayne Rooney.
He went on to be signed by Manchester United and scored a hat trick on his debut.
He would go on to become the all-time leading goal scorer for Man Utd and England.
Rooney picked up numerous sponsorships, including ones from Nike, and, aged 33, he is currently playing for DC United before he heads over to the UK to play for Derby Country FC and wind down his amazing career.
Rooney has scored some truly amazing goals in his career and he has a net worth of $145 Million.
Pele is widely regarded by many as being the greatest soccer player that the world has ever seen.
Pele is a Brazilian legend. He has been retired for many years yet he is still talked about today as being one of the all-time greats.
When you consider some of the talent currently playing soccer, that is quite an accomplishment.
Because of his talent and abilities, Pele was able to earn himself a lot of money.
His net worth is currently around $100 Million.
4. Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti is considered to be a legend of Italian soccer.
He is now retired yet he played for some of the greatest teams on the planet, including Inter Milan.
In 1999 he was voted Young Player of the Year.
One year later he was voted Italian Player of the Year and was nominated for the Ballon d’Or award.
As of this writing, Totti’s net worth is a staggering $101.6 Million, which makes him one of the richest footballers in the world.
3. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is, in some people’s eyes, the greatest football currently playing in the world.
To others, he is the second-best soccer player.
Whatever your feelings on Messi, you can’t deny that he has the ability that most players could only ever dream of.
Lionel Messi is an Argentinian footballer who has resided at Barcelona FC for many years.
He has won the La Liga title and Champion’s League title numerous times with the club.
He has smashed goal-scoring records, has been voted Player of the Year numerous times, has won the Golden Boot numerous times, and has a net worth of $400 Million.
2. David Beckham
David Beckham is one of the greatest ambassadors for soccer that you could ever wish for.
He is a Manchester United and England legend who has also had successful runs at clubs including Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan, and PSG.
Beckham is best known for his precision accuracy with crosses and long balls, as well as for being arguably the greatest free-kick taker in the history of the game.
He is now retired and has a net worth of $450 Million.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
If you think that Lionel Messi is the second-best soccer player in the world, you’ll probably consider Ronaldo to be the best.
He and Messi are almost certainly the two best footballers in the world, maybe even ever, and that is quite a feat.
Cristiano Ronaldo made his mark at Man Utd, before moving to Real Madrid, and now Juventus.
He has scored hundreds of goals, has been voted Player of the Year, countless times, has won the Golden Boot and is currently estimated to be worth $450 Million.
Now is probably a good time to bring this look at the richest soccer players in the world to a close. We hope you’ve enjoyed this document, and if so, be sure to check out our future releases.