Football is undeniably one of the most lucrative sports in the world today, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the world’s wealthiest footballers for the year 2022. With revenue earned for these players from their pay, endorsements, and other types of investments like as owning a football club, the names of footballers on this list have the necessary net worth to deserve a place on this list.
Eden Hazard ($100 Million)
The current Real Madrid star is ranked number 9 on our list, with a net worth of $100 million dollars. After a long stint at Chelsea, the Belgian player came to prominence, resulting in a world-record-breaking move to Real Madrid for 100 million points.
He is said to make a weekly salary of 416,000 pounds at Real Madrid, and he also has sponsorship ties with Nike, Topps, Lotus Bakeries, Beats, and Sina Sports.
Eden Hazard and Demba Ba co-founded the North American Soccer League franchise San Diego 1904 in June 2017, which was eventually absorbed by Albion San Diego in December 2021.
Pele ($100 Million)
Pele, who was born Edison Arantes do Nascimento but is better known by his nickname, has always been a powerful character in football history, which is why football fans can’t overlook his impact on the game today. Even as a retired celebrity, he is reported to be worth $100 million.
Francesco Totti ($101.6 Million)
Francesco Totti was an Italian professional football player who spent the majority of his career with AS Roma, where he spent the majority of his time as a footballer. In the world of Italian football, the midfield maestro was a huge figure.
In 2000 and 2001, he won the “Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year” title, before being nominated for the Ballon d’Or in the same year.
Nike, Diadora, Pepsi, EA Sports, Pro Evolution Soccer, and Party Poker were among the companies that signed him as a brand ambassador. He’s also been in a few films and on television. He made around $100 million through his engagements and salaries.
According to wealth gorilla, as of 2022, the Italian has an estimated net worth of $101.6 million, making him the 8th richest soccer player in the world.
Gareth Bale ($125 Million)
Gareth Bale, the Real Madrid star and Wales captain, makes a large sum through sponsorships in addition to his astronomical annual salary of 17 million euros.
He signed a lucrative contract with Adidas in 2014 that guaranteed him 24 million euros per year, and he is still earning that amount, according to Marca.
According to Mirror UK, the Welsh attacker earns $185,000 every sponsored Instagram post, as well as money from his branded goal celebration emblem, which he sells on goods.
He also earns a whopping $11 million a year through endorsement deals with Nissan, Konami, EA Sports, Foot Locker, BT Sport, and Lucozade, among others.
Wayne Rooney ($145 Million)
According to wealth gorilla, Wayne Rooney, a former player who now coaches Derby County, is ranked sixth on this list.
Brand endorsements, including as Nike and Samsung, are expected to bring in £4.6 million a year for the former England player.
From FIFA 06 through FIFA 12, he made six straight appearances in the EA Sports game series FIFA editions.
Alexandre Pato ($145 Million)
According to Dailystar, the current Orlando City MLS star has amassed a massive fortune through investments, measurable property holdings, and lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics.
The 32-year-old Brazilian also runs a burger restaurant franchise in Brasilia, as well as a vodka company and a clothing line.
Dave Whelan ($220 Million)
Dave Whelan hold the number four position on this list. The former English player is the current owner of the Football league Championship club Wigan Athletic.
Lionel Messi ($400 Million)
According to Goal, the current PSG star is ranked number three on this list. On his new contract with PSG, Messi is expected to earn between 35 and 40 million dollars.
A lifetime contract with Adidas, an NFT collaboration, Gillette, Turkish Airlines, Lays, SikSilk, Leafty, Jacob & Co., Gatorade, and Pepsi endorsement arrangements are among the superstar’s brand endorsement deals.
David Beckham ($450 Million)
David Beckham’s company, DB Ventures Limited, is said to be generating roughly £29 million in dividends, according to the Sun. He is also a co-owner of Inter Miami, a Major League Soccer team.
In addition to H&M, Tudor watches, and Haig Club whisky, the Englishman has brand endorsement relationships. Breitling, Sainsbury’s, Armani, Gillette, AIA Group, and PepsiCo are among the brands with which he has partnered.
Cristiano Ronaldo ($500 Million)
On this list, the Portuguese and Manchester United forward is ranked first. Ronaldo gets $27 million per year at Manchester United, according to goal.com.
Nike, Armani, Tag Heuer, Egyptian Steel, Herbalife, Italia Independent, Clear, PokerStars, Castrol, LiveScore, MEO, ZujuGP, Crunch, Uniecampus, Therabody, and Clear are among his brand endorsement arrangements.
He also has a clothing brand with the Pestana CR7 hotel group in Portugal, having locations in Lisbon and Funchal, his hometown on the island of Madeira.
In March 2019, Ronaldo opened Insparya, a hair transplant center in Spain.