Who are the top 10 richest footballers in the world right now?

Who are the top 10 richest footballers in the world right now?

Professional sportsmen and women make up a substantial percentage of the wealthiest people in the world. In this article, you will discover who is the richest footballer in the world in 2022, their net worth and their houses and cars.

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Several football players worldwide have achieved global fame and fortune because of the game. Dig in to learn more about the top 10 richest footballers in the world and their net worth.

Top 10 most valuable soccer players in the world

Wealthy footballers play in the most successful soccer leagues. So, which leagues have the best footballers in the world? According to a statistical analysis by Bleacherreport, the top football leagues include the English Premier League, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

10. Alexandre Pato $145 million

Why is Alexandre Pato so rich?
Alexandre at the Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 in June 2010 in Milan, Italy. Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto.
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The lesser-known soccer player's net worth is significantly higher than more famous players, such as Liverpool's Mohammed Salah's $90 million net worth. So, how is Pato so rich? A report by the DailyMail revealed that he grew his wealth through investments with CoverGirl Cosmetics endorsements, real estate, a chain of restaurants, a vodka line, a fashion line and more.

NameAlexandre Rodrigues da Silva
NicknameThe Duck
ClubOrlando City
Position and NumberForward (7)
CarsUnknown
HousesUnknown

9. Ronaldo $160 million

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Ronaldo attends the Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 at the Teatro Alla Scala in September 2019 in Milan, Italy. Photo by Claudio Villa.
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Formally known as Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, the Brazilian soccer wonder has built his name as one of the best footballers of all time. The football legend owns several houses in Brazil and America, including his expansive Rio de Janeiro home and a penthouse in São Paulo.

Profile summary

NameRonaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
NicknameO Fenomeno
Club(s)Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Real Madrid
Position and NumberStriker(9)
Cars Mercedes, Audi, Ferrari, Range Rover, Lamborghini
HousesPenthouse in Sao Paolo and a mansion in Rio de Janeiro

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8. Zlatan Ibrahimović $190 million

How much is Zlatan's worth in 2022?
Zlatan Ibrahmovic pictured at the 71 Sanremo Music Festival in March 2021. Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio.
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Zlatan has become a household name for being one of the most entertaining sports personalities in the world. He receives about $27 million in earnings from his club and an average of $5 million from endorsements.

NameZlatan Ibrahimović
NicknameIbra, Zlatanera
Club(s)LA Galaxy, Manchester United, AC Milan
Position and numberForward (11)
Cars4 Ferarris, Porsche, Lamborghini Urus
HousesMansions on Lake Como, Italy and Cheshire, England.

7. Neymar Jr $200 million

What is the net worth of Neymar Jr?
Neymar Jr at the PSG Japan Tour kids clinic at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in July 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Koji Watanabe.
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Is Neymar a billionaire? Although fans believe that Neymar is a billionaire, his net worth is valued at $200 million, making him one of the world's richest footballers, according to Forbes. Neymar recently received a $203 million contract following his transfer from PSG to Manchester United. Here is a summary of the profile of the world's No 1 dribbler in football.

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NameNeymar da Silva Santos Júnior
NicknameJoia, Juninho
Club(s)Barcelona, PSG
Position and numberWinger, forward (10)
CarsFerrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, Audi R8, Porsche, Lamborghini, Range Rover, Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, Lamborghini Veneno
HousesMansion in Bougival, Paris, a mansion in Sao Paolo, Brazil

6. Dave Whelan $220 million

Does Dave Whelan still own Wigan?
Wigan Athletic's former owner Dave Whelan in April 2016 in Blackpool, England. (Right) His statue outside the DW Stadium. Photo by Chris Brunskill/Visionhaus.
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How rich is Dave Whelan? The retired English soccer player's wealth is not only linked to his playing days at Crewe Alexandra and the Blackburn Rovers but also from his club, Wigan Athletic and the JJB Sports company.

Name Dave Whelan
NicknameMr Wigan
Club (s) Blackburn Rovers, Crewe Alexandra
PositionFullback
CarsUnknown
HousesUnknown

5. David Beckham $400 million

Who is richer Ronaldo or Beckham?
Former Manchester United and England footballer Beckham at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships in July 2022 in London, England. Photo by Visionhaus.
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The fifth richest footballer in the world of all time is David Beckham, who has built an unbeatable brand that has brought him immense wealth. Beckham has endorsed many famous businesses throughout his career, including H&M, Adidas, L'Oreal, Tudor Watches, and Samsung & Breitling.

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NameDavid Robert Joseph Beckham
NicknameGolden Balls, Becks
Club(s)PSG, LA Galaxy, Manchester United, Real Madrid
Position and numberMidfielder (7/23/32)
CarsLand Rover Defender, Bentley, Audi RS6, Range Rover Sport, Cadillac, 1994 Volkswagen Golf, Porsche
HousesMansions and luxury homes in Holland Park, London, Cotswolds, England, Miami and Dubai

4. Lionel Messi $400 million

What is Lionel Messi's net worth in 2022?
Messi (on the ground) celebrates his second goal during the Ligue 1 match against Clermont Foot 63 in August 2022 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Photo by Jean Catuffe.
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Is Messi a billionaire? According to Goal, Lionel Messi's net worth in 2022 is valued at a whopping $400 million. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner made his wealth through several football contracts with PSG, his clothing line, Messi Stores, endorsements and deals with Socios and Adidas.

NameLionel Andrés Messi
NicknameLeo
Club(s)PSG, Barcelona
Position and numberForward (30)
CarsFerrari, Audi, Pagani Zonda Tricolore, Mercedes SLS AMG, Maserati, Range Rover, Cadillac
HousesMansions on Camp Nou and Castelldefels, Barcelona

3. Christiano Ronaldo $500 million

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Christiano Ronaldo is arguably the number 1 football player in the world. He is the third richest footballer in the world as of 2022. Would you like to know how much Ronaldo's worth is per day? Footballtransfers estimates that his value increases by $13,000 per hour and $320,000 per day.

How much is Christiano Ronaldo worth?
The FIFA Best Men's 2021 winner during the January 2022 awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo by Harold Cunningham/FIFA.
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Name Christiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
NicknameCR7
Club(s)Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus
Position and numberForward (7)
CarsAston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Range Rover
HousesPenthouse in NY City, and a home in Madrid, Spain

2. Mathieu Flamini $14 billion

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Is Mathieu Flamini the richest footballer?
Mathieu at the NBA x Hennessy Launch Party in October 2021 in London, England. Photo by David M. Benett.
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Flamini is a former Marseille, Arsenal and AC Milan midfielder who retired in 2016. After leaving football, he fully committed to GF Biochemicals, a sustainable biochemicals company that he co-founded in 2008.

NameMathieu Pierre Flamini
NicknameLittle Gattuso
Club(s)AC Milan, Arsenal, Crystal Palace
Position and numberMidfielder (4)
CarsFerrari 458 Italia
HousesUnknown

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1. Faiq Bolkiah $20 billion

The all-time richest footballer in the world is Brunei's prince, Faiq Bolkiah. The 24-year-old, as of August 2022, is related to the Bruneian Sultan and is an heir to a $200 billion fortune. Compared to his uncle Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the richest Kings in the world who owns about 7000 cars.

NameFaiq Jefri Bolkiah
NicknameUnknown
Club (s)Leicester City, AFC Newbury, Chelsea
Position and numberForward (11)
CarsUnknown
HousesUnknown

Football club contracts evidently can not produce the richest footballer in the world. However, athletes who have supplemented their income in other fields can amass significant wealth.

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