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Top 10 Richest Footballers in 2022

  • Footballers are amongst the athletes in the world
  • The richest footballer in the world is Faiq Bolkiah
  • Andres Iniesta is the tenth richest footballer in the world

Football is one of the highest paying careers in the world. It is with no doubt that footballers are amongst the richest athletes in the world. Footballers earn from the sport through their wages and endorsement deals.

In this article, we are going to find out who are the top ten richest football players in the world as of 2022.

1. Faiq Bolkiah

Faiq Bolkiah

Faiq Bolkiah. Photo/ 247 News Agency

Faiq Bolkiah is not a well known footballer. However, he is the richest football player in the world. In fact, Faiq Bolkiah is the richest athlete in the world. Bolkiah has a net worth of $20.12 billion. It should not come as a surprise to football fans that the sport has not contributed a lot to Faiq Bolkiah’s net worth.

Faiq Bolkiah is from the Bruneian Royal Family. He is the son of Jeffri Bolkiah, the prince of Brunei. Faiq’s father is the brother of the oil tycoon. Faiq Bolkiah is one of the heirs to Hassanal Bolkiah’s $13 billion fortune.

He has some of the most expensive cars in his garage. He has over 600 Rolls Royces, over 450 Ferraris, over 380 Bentleys and over 570 Mercedes-Benz.

Faiq is currently playing for Chonburi FC in Thailand. The Bruneian star can play as a striker, left winger or midfielder. The 24 years old is the captain of Brunei national team.

He previously played in England for Chelsea Youth, Leicester U18 and U23 as well as Southampton ACA.

2. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is the second richest footballer in the world and his net worth is $600 million. His source of income is wages and endorsement deals.

Lionel Messi is amongst the greatest football players of all time. He has achieved a lot in his career especially during his time at FC Barcelona. Messi has won the Ballon D’or award seven times.

The Argentine international is married to Antonela and together they have three children. Lionel Messi is currently 34 years old.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most famous football players in the world. Well, it is not a surprise that the Manchester United star is amongst the richest footballers in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo has a net worth of $500 million. His main source of income is the wages he receive. However, he also has numerous sponsorship deals with Nike, Samsung, KFC and ZTE.

The Portuguese international has also achieved a lot in his football career. He has set several records and won numerous awards including five Ballon D’or awards. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently 37 years old.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Manchester United. Photo/ CNN

4. Neymar Jr. 

Neymar Jr is one of the most skilled football players in the world. He is the fourth richest football player in the world. The Brazilian international came from a poor background but currently has a net worth of $200 million.

Neymar Jr currently plays for Paris Saint Germain. The left winger has several endorsement deals with Panasonic, Lupo, Nike, Unilever and Volkswagen. Neymar is currently 30 years old.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the best strikers in the world. The Swedish international has played for top teams in the world such as Inter Milan, Juventus, Manchester United, FC Barcelona and is currently at AC Milan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the fifth richest footballer in the world. He has a net worth of $190 million. The AC Milan star is currently 40 years old. He is married to Helena Seger with whom they have four children.

6. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney will always be remembered as one of the greatest footballers to ever play in the English Premier League. The Manchester United legend is ranked as the sixth richest footballer in the world.

Wayne Rooney has a net worth of $170 million. Wayne Rooney who is currently the manager of Derby County has endorsement deals with Nokia, Nike, Ford and Coca-Cola. Rooney is currently 36 years old.

7. Alexandre Pato

Pato falls in the category of footballers who never lived to their full potential. However, the center-forward is ranked seventh in the list of top ten richest footballers. He has a net worth of $145 million.

Pato currently plays for Orlando City in the MLS.

8. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is the eighth richest footballer in the world. The right winger has a net worth of $145 million.

The Wales international is currently 32 years old. He is married to Emma Rhys-Jones and together they have four children.

9. Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba is currently a free agent after leaving Manchester United. The 29 years old is one of the richest footballers in the world. Pogba has a net worth of $125 million.

10. Andres Iniesta

The former FC Barcelona captain is one of the greatest midfielders of all time. He is the tenth richest footballer in the world right now. Iniesta has a net worth of $120 million. The 38 years old is currently playing for Vissel Kobe in Japan.

Iniesta

Andres Iniesta. Photo/ Barca Universal

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