- Neymarda Silva Santos Júnior
Net worth: $185,000,000
Pay: $ 791, 012
Playing forward in PSG and wearing the number 10 jersey, The Brazilian star has made a name for himself in the world of soccer.
He boasts of millions of followers on social media which makes him bankable for sponsors. He has endorsement deals with Gillette, McDonald’s, MasterCard, Electronic Arts, and Nike.
He has over 151 million followers on Instagram
However, he has suffered disputes with his former football clubs Santos and Barcelona over his transfer in 2013 including issues of unpaid loyalty bonuses.
Net worth: $190,000,000
Ibrahimovic is regarded as one of the best strikers of all time and he is currently managed by Mino Raiola who is widely regarded as a super-agent.
He has played in nine different clubs, which include LA Galaxy, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic has 43 million followers on Instagram
Ibrahimovic has endorsement deals with Nivea and Nike. He also does advertisements for Microsoft Xbox and vitamin Well.
- Lionel Messi
Net worth: $400,000,000
Pay: $446,000 per week
The Barcelona forward is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time, Messi has made a name and tremendous fortune for himself.
Amongst his peers, he is one of the most decorated players winning the Ballon d’Or six times.
Lionel Messi has over 145 million followers on Instagram
His club Barcelona has made sure of that and huge endorsement deals with household brands like Adidas, Pepsi, MasterCard, and Huawei ensure the gifted soccer star smiles at the bank.
- Cristiano Ronaldo
Net worth: $466,000,000
Pay: $663,000 per week
Juventus striker Ronaldo is the highest-paid player in Italy’s Serie A yet he happens to be the second runner up in our list.
Considered among the greatest footballers of time, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has made millions from football earnings to endorsement deals with brands. His lucrative CR7 brand has made him a fortune and a $1bn lifetime deal with Nike cements his status as one of the richest. He also has endorsement deals with DAZN, Altice, and Electronic Arts.
Ronaldo has over 244 million followers on Instagram
- Faiq Bolkiah
Net worth: $20,000,000,000
Pay: $1000 per week
Surprised, are you? Well, that’s understandable because unless you are a dedicated Leicester fan you most probably haven’t heard of FaiqBolkiah.
The Brunei captain beats Ronaldo and Messi not because his home team or club pays him well but because he is from a stinking rich family. His salary is a modest sum of $1000 per week but being a member of the Bolkiah Dynasty, Bolkaih tops the list.
He is the son of the Prince of Brunei, JefriBolkaih, and the sultan of the oil-rich Brunei state, HassanalBolkaih is his Uncle.
His Instagram bio reads that he has an endorsement deal with Nike, and surprisingly again he has less than a million followers on Instagram, he has 120 thousand followers on Instagram, not much for a footballer at his level.
It’s funny how he earns the least among these top great players and then he’s far richer than them all joined together.
Some people might say his family fortune helped him top the list, but on a serious note, Faiq is a very hardworking Brunei player that has his own things going for him apart from his family money and fame. He signed a three years contract deal with Leicester City in March 2016, which he later added an extra year in the 2019 summer to further play for the club.