The world of Football has indeed seen various talents, talents to which we can never see the likes of again. Today we look at a list of the richest footballers in the world, covering their net-worth, their rise to fame and also fall from fame.

Talking on football is an unending journey, we have seen talents emerge, such as Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo, Messi and others. And we are yet to see some talents that are yet to come. So lets look at the list of the top richest footballers in the world, whether retired or still in action.


Faiq Bolkiah plays for Leicester City’s Development side. Born 9 May, 1998, although many may not be aware but the young prince is the richest footballer in the world. Although he didn’t get this rich from football, he comes from a royal family, a family with vast wealth, a family with ancestral wealth.

The young prince of Brunei stated that at a point he owned over 2000 cars, although at a 23 the young prince still hasn’t had a first team appearance in his career.

It was recorded that when the prince was 7 his father threw a party to celebrate his birthday and invited the famous Michael Jackson to perform. Afterwards he has paid about 12.5 Million Euros.

Faiq Bolkiah has an estimated Net-worth of about $20 billion. Indeed a vastly wealthy Prince.


Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese born professional footballer, who played for Manchester United in England. Born 5 February, 1985, the Portuguese captain is a 5 time Ballon d’or winner has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and also Sporting. He has 4 kids and has the lovely looking Georgina Rodriguez as his partner.

Not only is he one of the richest, he is also one of the highest paid player in the world, with various sources of income he has acquired such wealth. Cristiano Ronaldo has his own brand, he has the CR7 clothing brand, accessories, hotels, and gyms. Additionally the superstar has over $50 million from various Endorsements.

Cristiano Ronaldo has an estimated Net-worth of about $500 Million.


David Robert Joseph Beckham is a retired English professional footballer, born 2 May, 1995. Beckham is the first English footballer to become a league title holder in 4 different countries. He is the president and co-founder of Miami CF and also co-owner of Salford city. He is married to Victoria Beckham.

David Beckham was particularly famous for his on pitch play and has off pitch flashy and publicized life. He his also known to be the football playboy, with over 600 body tattoo. The retired England International midfielder has played for the likes of Manchester united and Real Madrid.

David Beckham has an estimated Net-worth of $450 Million.


Lionel Andres Messi is an Argentine professional footballer, popularly called “The Flea” necause of his diminutive statue. He plays for PSG (Paris Saint German) in France, playing an Attacking Forward position.

Born 24 June, 1987, Lionel Messi is a 7 time Ballon d’or winner. Although he was recently diagnosed with Covid 19, the argentine skipper signed for Barcelona at age 13 (a contract which was signed on a napkin) and has had a wonderful career. He is married to Antonela Rocuzzo.

Lionel Messi was diagnosed with GHD (Growth Hormone Disorder), an illness which at that point his parents could not afford because of their financial status. His parents club River plate and Newell’s Old Boys opted to selling the young star to Barcelona who where willing to foot the medical bills.

Lionel Messi has an estimated Net-worth of about $400 Million.


Dave Whelan is a Retired footballer, Born 24 November 1936, he played for Blackburn Rovers and also for Crewe Alexandra. He played as a Defender for most of his career.

Dave Whelan made his money after his Footballing days, he opened series of super markets which he eventually sold for over a Million pounds in 1977, which in those days was considered to be a lot.

He later on invested in some series of other business and now he is UK’s second biggest Retailer. He owns Wigan Athletics which he bought in 1995 for 1 Million Euros.

Dave Whelan has an estimated net-worth of about $220 Million.


Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is a Brazilian International Footballer, he plays for PSG (Paris Saint German) in France. The Brazilian attacker is single but he has a son named Davi Lucca. Neymar signed for Barcelona in 2013 and in August 2017 he parted ways with the Spanish power house and joined PSG.

In 2012, a Brazilian court ordered Neymar and his father to pay outstanding back taxes from year 2007 to 2008. Neymar was also found guilty of falsifying documents in order to avoid paying taxes on his income received from 2011 to 2013.

During the early days Neymar was involved in a car accident along side with his father and his mother, an accident which would have claimed the life of the young superstar but the case is different.

Neymar da Silva Santos has an estimated Net-worth of about $200 Million.


Wayne Mark Rooney is a retired English professional footballer, he is currently a professional football manager. Born 24 0ctober, Wayne Rooney is married to Coleen Rooney.

The former England international Mid Fielder played for Everton, Manchester United and also for Derby county where he ended his career as an interim player manager.

Wayne Rooney is Manchester United’s all time leading top scorer, he made his professional debut for Everton at age 16 and then 2 years later he signed for Manchester United.

He halls from a long and rich linage, a linage which has passed down a legacy of richest and Wayne Rooney has proven to be another prodigy.

Wayne Rooney has an estimated Net-worth of about $175 Million.


Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva, born 2 September 1989. He is a Brazilian international striker, he plays currently for Orlando City but has seen the lime light. He also played for Ac Milan and Chelsea. The striker began making wave at an early age, he was called Pato which means “White Duck”. Pato is married to Rebeca Abravanel.

At age 16 Pato already caught the eyes of the entire world but his career took a U turn after joining Chelsea. The striker struggled for game time, after which he left the club and pretty much had Pato struggling for the rest of his career.

Pato also accumulated wealth of the pitch, he is the owner of various burger restaurants in Brazil, also he owns a Vodka brand and he also has a fashion line.

Alexandre Pato has an estimated Net-worth of about $145 Million.


Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh international footballer, born 16 July 1989. The Welsh Attacker currently plays in USA after returning back to Madrid from a loan spell at Tottenham. He is married to Emma Rhys-Jones.

Gareth Bale started of his Career at Cardiff then he moved to Tottenham where he initially played a full back role. But under the tactics of Harry Redknapp saw him on a more advancing roll where he flourished and saw him move to Real Madrid for a high price.

Gareth Bale has an estimated Net-worth of about $125 Million.


Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian International footballer, born 7 January, 1991. He is the captain of the Belgium National team, he is married to Natacha Van Honacker. Hazard has played for the likes of Chelsea, Lille, and Real Madrid.

He rose to fame after catching the eyes of the world with his sleek move and sneaky game play which many found interesting. He has 3 brother who also plays football but only Thorgan has managed to secure a sport in a top flight team, Borussia Dortmund.

Hazard’s career took a U turn after a move to Real Madrid saw the superstar picking up re-occurring injuries which saw the superstar struggling for game time.

Eden Hazard ranks 10 in our list of the richest footballers in the world and has an estimated Net-worth of about $100 Million.


Well there you have it, a list of the richest footballers in the world. Please note that various things where taken into note in making this list, things like assets, linage, businesses, and so on.

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