The Top 10 Richest Footballers in Europe
With the 2014-15 European football season kicking off, Wealth-X today released a list of the 10 wealthiest players in the European football leagues. The 10 footballers on the list are collectively worth more than US$1 billion, and predominantly represent clubs in Spain, France and the United Kingdom.
With an estimated net worth of US$230 million, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is the wealthiest footballer in Europe – and the world. The 29-year-old Portuguese forward for the Spanish club is the world’s most expensive footballer, costing US$132 million when he was transferred from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009. Ronaldo’s personal fortune accounts for nearly a quarter of the total net worth of the 10 footballers on the list.
Lionel Messi takes second spot on the list and is the richest non-European footballer playing in the continent. The Argentine forward, who plays for FC Barcelona, is worth an estimated US$180 million.
Other non-Europeans on the Wealth-X list are Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure from Ivory Coast (worth US$90 million and US$70 million respectively) and Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon (worth US$75 million).
Three British footballers playing for clubs in the English Premier League appear on the Wealth-X list. The richest British player is Manchester United forward and captain Wayne Rooney, who ranks fourth on the list with a personal fortune of US$95 million. Frank Lampard, who now wears a Manchester City jersey (and is worth US$60 million) and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard (with a net worth of US$55) also made the list.
Here’s the top 10 richest players in Europe:
1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) $230 million
2 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) $180 million
3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St-Germain)$100 million
4 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) $95 million
5 Didier Drogba (Chelsea) $90 million
6 Samuel Eto’o (Everton ) $75 million
7 Yaya Toure (Manchester City) $70 million
8 Frank Lampard (Manchester City) $60 million
9 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) $55 million
10 Fernando Torres (Chelsea) $50 million.