Who are the Top 10 Richest Football Players in the world? Professional football – or soccer is big business, bigger than ever before, as of the spring of 2015, and those who are at the top of their games and who are recognized for their performances in the field and in other avenues of life are some of the highest-paid pro athletes on the planet. Here is a list of the Top 10 Richest Football Players for 2015.
Top 10 Richest Football Players for 2015.
10. Frank Lampard: €80m ($86.84m USD)
All-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea, Frank Lampard is at 10th position in the list of 10 Richest Football Players for 2015. He played for Chelsea for 13 years, and is considered to be one of the best midfielders of his generation. Lampard plays as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder or defensive midfielder for Manchester City. He has been described as Chelsea’s greatest ever player by previous record goal-scorer Bobby Tambling and long-term teammate John Terry.
9. Ronaldinho: €83 ($90.10m USD)
Brazilian national football team attacking midfielder Ronaldinho is at 9th position in the list of 10 Richest Football Players for 2015. Ronaldinho currently plays for the Brazilian national football team and also for the Brasileirão Série A Club Atlético Mineiro. Best known for his technique, tricks, dribbling, overhead kicks, no-look passes and free kicks, Ronaldinho is regarded to be one of the best players of his generation. He has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. He would have been a star who moved merchandise and who sold tickets regardless of whatever team he joined.
8. Raul: €85m ($92.27m USD)
One of the most important players in the history of Real Madrid, Raúl is at 8th position in the list of 10 Richest Football Players for 2015. He is regarded to be one of the greatest Spanish players of all time. He spent 16 years of his career playing for Real Madrid and is the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 323 goals. He is also the most capped player in the history of the club with 741 appearances.
7. Samuel Eto’o: €87m ($94.99m USD)
Cameroonian national football team striker Samuel Eto’o is at 7th position in the list of 10 Richest Football Players for 2015. Samuel currently plays for the Cameroonian national football team and also for the English Premier League club Everton. He is the most decorated African player of all time having won the African Player of the Year award a record four times. He was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005.
6. Kaka: €96m ($104.21m USD)
Brazilian national football team attacking midfielder Kaka is at 6th position in the list of 10 Richest Football Players for 2015. He currently plays for the Brazilian national football team and also for the Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City. For his contributions on and off the field, Kaká was named in the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people in 2008 and 2009. He was the first sportsperson to amass 10 million followers on Twitter.
5. Wayne Rooney: €103m ($111.81m USD)
English national football team forward Wayne Rooney is at 5th position in the list of 10 Richest Football Players for 2015. Rooney may no longer be the best forward, currently plays for the English national football team and also for the the English Premier League club Manchester United. He was awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 2009-10. He has won the Premier League Player of the Month award five times.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: €105m ($113.98m USD)
Swedish national football team striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is at 4th position in the list of 10 Richest Football Players for 2015. He currently plays for the Swedish national football team and also the French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain F.C. as a striker. With his playing style compared to Dutch legend Marco van Basten, Ibrahimović is one of the best finishers in the game and is regarded to be one of the best footballers of his generation. In December 2014, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter named him the second-greatest Swedish sportsperson of all time, after Björn Borg.
3. Neymar family: €135m ($146.54m USD)
The first name that pops into the mind of an American football fan upon thinking of Neymar is LeBron James. Both had unrealistic expectations placed upon them when they were but teenagers, and yet both athletes have met and possibly even exceeded such predictions. Neymar’s abilities on and off of the ball are electric, and the experience that he is going to get while playing alongside one of the best to ever take the pitch should make the Brazilian megastar an even better overall player. Barcelona will, in the future, get to move on from Messi to Neymar. You don’t get much better than that.
2. Lionel Messi: €200m ($217.1m USD)
Argentine national football team forward Lionel Messi is at 2nd position in the list of 10 Richest Football Players for 2015. Messi is, when fully fit and at his best, one of the greatest footballers of his generation, an absolute joy to watch even for those who do not consider themselves to be diehard fans of the game. There are some who split their loyalties between either Messi or the Cristiano Ronaldo. Don’t be silly. Just enjoy watching the two do what they do best for as long as you possibly can.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo: €210m ($227.95m USD)
Portuguese national football team forward Cristiano Ronaldo top the list of 10 Richest Football Players for 2015. Ronaldo has, over the past couple of years, leapfrogged his main club rival and cemented himself as the best footballer in the world. Along with a Real Madrid contract that reportedly earns him over €18 million per year, Ronaldo is nearly as famous off of the pitch as he is on it, the second coming of David Beckham in that he does not have to even be associated with the game of football to be recognized all over the globe these days. He is an advertising partner for a wide variety of organizations, and he has also appeared in television and print advertisement with living legends such as Pele. It is Ronaldo’s world in 2015.