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4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net Worth-€105 Million ($114 million)
This Swedish professional football player is an internet sensation. He is the captain of the Swedish national team who usually plays in the forward position. He also plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain.
In 2006 he completed a €24.8 Million move to Internazionale by signing a four-year deal. He ended the year 2016 with $36.4 Million in Salary & Bonuses and another $5-$6 Million in Endorsements, making him the 12th Highest Paid Athlete In The World and 4th on our list.
3. Neymar Net Worth-€135 Million ($148 Million)
Neymar is the captain of the Brazil national team. He plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona. As per ESPN, he was the world’s fourth-most famous athlete in 2016.
He has scored 43 goals in 62 matches for Brazil. SportsPro named him the most marketable athlete in the world in the years 2012 and 2013. In 2014 alone he earned $33.6 million, according to Forbes. His move to Barca was worth €57.1 million making it the 15th Most Expensive Football Transfer of All Time.
The striker recently confirmed a 5-year contract with PSG valued at over $350 Million, which should net him $74 Million in salary each year. With this deal, the boy who once played on the streets of Sao Paulo is on his way to become the highest earning footballer of all time, and thanks to his young age, his net worth could reach $1 Billion by the time he retires, a milestone which only a handful of sportspersons have managed to reach.
2. Lionel Messi Net Worth-€200 Million ($218 Million)
Lionel Messi is a true football legend. It is a pleasure to watch him play the game. This Argentine football player plays for Argentina National Team and FC Barcelona.
He is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or and that too by the age of 22. As per Forbes’ 2016 list, Messi earned a total salary of $48 Million and another $25-$28 Million in Endorsements from numerous brands across the world.
The 30-year old is expected to make $645,000 / Week from his contract with Barcelona up until 2021, this along with sponsorships and endorsements can easily propel him into the ‘Sports Billionaires List’.
1) Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth-€210 Million ($230 Million)
Christiano Ronaldo’s contract with Real Madrid would net him $50 Million for the next 4 years, he even has a lifetime deal with Nike valued at nearly $1 Billion.
He reportedly ended 2016, with earnings of $94 Million, of which $58 Million came from salaries and bonuses, and another $35 Million from Endorsements.
Ronaldo has his own line of branded products ‘CR7’ which includes shoes, jeans, perfumes & even a chain of hotels. Every aspect of this man is heavily monetized, with 275 Million Followers on various social media sites, he reportedly charges $360,000 for each sponsored post on Instagram.
If you are talented and confident enough you can make a career as a football player and become a millionaire as these 20 football players.