Also known as soccer, football is an immensely popular sport all over the world and the most lucrative. A soccer player requires strength and skills. Successful football players enjoy huge fan following all over the world. They also make plenty of money. Based on Wealth-X and Goal 2014 lists of the Top 10 Richest Footballers in the World.
Gianluigi Buffon is the captain and goal keeper of Italy. He is also the captain of Turin. He has made plenty of money by endorsing the popular brand Puma.
Toure has received African Player of the Year three consecutive times since 2011 and is recognised as one of the Côte d’Ivoire’s ‘Golden Generation’. He was an important player in the Barcelona team that won the Champions League in 2009 and is currently the engine room of Manchester City’s team. He earns a reported $15 million a year to reinforce his status as one of the world’s best.
This Cameroon striker earned a world record salary of 20 million euros in 2011, during his time in Russia he was the world’s highest paid footballer. He was in the news in 2009 when he bought 33,000 euros worth of watches for his Cameroon National Teammates. He also makes money through endorsements and investments in telecommunication (SET) back in Cameroon. Wealth-X put his net worth at $75 million.
Didier Drogba’s enormous fortune is impressive, considering the Ivorian didn’t earn a big move until his 2004 transfer to Chelsea at the age of 26. Since then however the former Chelsea legend has signed a number of lucrative contracts. At the height of his powers at Chelsea he was paid $170,000 a week, a figure dwarfed however by the staggering $325,000 he earned in his short spell at Shanghai Shenhua. He currently earns $5.2million a year at Galatasaray, however with a number of lucrative sponsorship deals his actual earnings a year are far more.
If you have watched the 2002 world cup, you will remember Ronaldinho’s outstanding performance. His movement from PSG to Barcelona earned him plenty of money. His total earning was estimated to be around 30 million euros. He has also earned through his association with brands like Nike.
Wayne Rooney signed the biggest contract in British football history recently. He will be paid 365,000 euros weekly by Manchester United for the next five years. He also earns by endorsing brands like Nike.