Football is a game that lives in the heart of people, and more than 200 countries have their official football teams. Not only this, but Football league has also been established so that footballers can play club matches and earn enough money.
The origin of Football can be taken back to England in 1863 when the Football Associations started playing the game with a spherical ball. The football players earn millions of dollars by playing matches for their national team as well as their clubs.
But do they earn by only playing football? Have you seen Cristiano Ronaldo in different T.V commercials such as Head and Shoulders, and Adidas?
So you have got your answer.
They make money by signing contracts with numerous brands and companies. They endorse brands relating to the game of football like Nike, Adidas, and Puma. They also support other national and international brands like Carlsberg and Nutella.
But who are the top 10 richest footballers for the year 2017 having millions of dollars of net worth? Let’s have a look at it.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo is a well-known footballer. He plays for the Real Madrid, a Spanish Football Club and leads the Portugal National team as captain. He has received four Ballon d’Or awards in history which no European player has ever received. Not only this, but Cristiano also owns a fashion boutique named as “CR7” and other businesses such as outfits for women, belts studded with diamonds and jeans. He has been ranked as the first richest football player of 2017.
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Lionel Messi plays for Spanish Football Club as Barcelona and heads the Argentinean National Football Team as captain. He is considered as one of the best players ever and has set a benchmark by earning 5 Ballon d’Or awards and three European golden shoe awards. He has been ranked as the 2nd richest Football Player of 2017. Messi also runs a foundation with the name of “Lionel Messi” in which he provides education and health facilities to the poor and needy children.
Neymar plays for Spanish Football Club Barcelona and leads the Brazilian National Football Team as captain. He has won Ballon d’Or award and was declared as the best South American Football Player for the years 2011 and 2012. He is ranked as the 3rd richest footballer and donates half of his income to the church. Neymar currently draws a yearly salary of £40.3 Million.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
Zlatan plays for the French Football Club Paris-Saint German and leads as captain for the Swedish National Football Team. Rich in both career and money, Zlatan has won a total of 32 awards. He is ranked as the 4th richest footballer of 2017.
Wayne Rooney (England)
Wayne Rooney plays for English Football Club Manchester United and is the captain of the English National Football Team. He is the 5th richest footballer of 2017. He is already struggling to save his marriage, and a divorce can cost him £70 Million.
Kaka is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Orlando City SC, an American Football Club. Kaka actively endorses major brands like Hyundai and Adidas and donates his salary to the poor and needy people. He is ranked as the 6th richest footballer of 2017.
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
Samuel plays for the Turkish Football Club Antalyaspor as well as the Cameroon National Football Team. He is currently ranked as the 7th richest footballer of 2017.
Raul Gonzalez Blanco, who is also known as Raul, plays for Real Madrid. He is a Spanish Football Player. In 2001, Raul won the Ballon d’Or award and was the top scorer for Real Madrid by scoring 323 goals. He comes on 8th number in the category of the richest footballers of 2017.
Ronaldinho is a top class player who serves as the club ambassador for FC Barcelona and is a former player for Brazilian National Football Team. He has won prestigious awards such as FIFA World Player in 2004 & 2005 and Ballon d’Or. He is ranked as the 9th richest footballer of this year.
Frank Lampard (England)
Frank Lampard currently plays for Chelsea, an English Football Club, and an ex-English National Football Team Player. He is ranked as the 10th richest player of 2017 and earns a tremendous amount of money from top-class brands such as Adidas and Pepsi.
Author - Noor-ul-ain Tahir
Noor-ul-ain Tahir is a student of Mass Communication who loves to write on topics related to health, fitness, and exercise.