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Top 100 Richest Footballers In The World (2023)

The richest footballers in the world are mostly exceptionally talented players who earned their honors on the field of play, before translating their abilities to their finances. Football pays good money; and very good players earn very good money.

Football clubs are willing to pay outrageous amounts to lure outstanding players, not just for the feats they perform on the field, but for the attention they draw to the clubs.

Brands and companies are also willing to pay huge sums in endorsement deals to have these stars promote their products and services.

Top 100 Richest Footballers In The World

1. Matthew Flamini

Net worth: $12 Billion

Matthew Flamini is best known for his days at Arsenal football club of England. As a midfielder he was graceful in his ball distribution skills, which is why he went on to play for AC Milan, and then Arsenal again, before Crystal Palace and Getafe.

Yes, he won accolades and made good money; but his biggest move was outside football. He went on to invest in a scientific startup GFBiochemicals.

The company has since gone on to grow astronomically; and this has made Matthew Flamini (who some would call average) the world’s first football billionaire.

2. David Beckham     

Net worth: $650 Million

David Beckham was good; he was legendary for his freekicks and corners. Notable among the clubs he played for were Manchester United and Real Madrid; and his accolades include several Premier League titles, as well as a Champions League, and many individual honors.

In truth; David Beckham became larger than life- he became more popular than even those who exceeded him in talent.

He got so many endorsement deals that he didn’t even know what to do with the money, and yet the media continued to shower him with more attention. These days he does humanitarian work with UNICEF; he has already made too much money.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Net worth: $500 Million

From someone who owes his fame and fortune to the grace of the media and the universe we move our attention to someone who deserves it. Cristiano Ronaldo is an utter force of nature; he thoroughly deserves all his glory.

He has played for teams like Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus, and he has never left without winning some laurels. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most decorated footballers the world has ever seen, and he has broken records for goal-scoring that people never thought possible.

The endorsement deals are too many to count; and while the figure given as his net worth is $500 Million; it could well be more than that.

4. Lionel Messi

Net worth: $400 Million

Lionel Messi has been called the god of football and for a reason. He is absolutely phenomenal; lightening quick, impossibly skillful, and with an eye for goal. He is the person to make a difference in a difficult game, and he can single handedly win the trophies for his team.

Lionel Messi is a team player; his fellow players and coaches love him just as much as the fans do, which is why he has enjoyed such career longevity.

He has won everything a player can ever aspire to win; and he has made so much money from endorsements. He is probably the best player the world has ever seen.

5. Dave Whelan

Net worth: $210 Million

Dave Whelan is one of the richest footballers in the world; he played for Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandria; both in his native England. He didn’t stand out much as a footballer, but after his playing career, he became a force in business.

Some of his business interests include: Million Whelan Discount Stores, JJB Sports, DW Sports Fitness, Wigan Athletic F.C., Wigan Warriors, and Orrell Rugby Union Club.

6. Kylian Mbappe

Net Worth: $200 Million

Kylian Mbappe is young but he is exceptionally gifted. He has already won gold and silver medals at the FIFA World Cup; and has already broken a few records, including scoring a hat trick at World Cup Finals.

The Frenchman has become the hottest article in football; which is why he earns outrageous wages for his talents. He also makes a lot of money from endorsements.

7. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior

Net Worth: $185 Million

Neymar flies to training in a helicopter- that’s how rich he is. Even if he never wins a champions league trophy or a World Cup; it does not take anything away from the fact that he is one of the most gifted footballers in his generation.

If he had not been born in the same era as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he would have been worshiped as a god.

He has earned outrageous amounts on the field, and has made even more through endorsements.

8. Wayne Rooney

Net Worth: $160 Million

Wayne Rooney was a Phenomenon; he had two things in abundance- power and technique. But he did not stay at that phenomenon for very long, which is why some argue that he never fulfilled his potential.

He did fulfill his financial potential however; he is worth around $160 Million; which is not too far behind Neymar Jr; who is largely agreed to be one of the best players of his generation.

9. Alexandre Pato

Net worth: $145 Million

Alexandre Pato is a Brazilian former Wonderkid who was billed to achieve great success. He played his best football at AC Milan; helping the Italian giants win the Serie A title and the Supercopa Italiana.

Alexandre then started having injury problems which saw him move back to Brazil, and then to England, and Spain.

Probably convinced that he could no longer achieve legendary status, he turned his eyes to money.  He made big money moves to China and the United States; and that he is how h became so rich.

10. Francesco Totti

Net worth: $101.6 Million

Francesco Totti is a guy who was once known as the Golden Boy of Italian Football. As a forward he was impactful; and scored goals with precision. But Francesco Totti is a lot more than that; he is a fine leader of men, and an inspirational character.

He devoted his life to AS Roma; he spent his career at the club; featuring about 786 times, and scoring 307 times for the club. He helped them win a Serie A title, two Coppa Italia trophies, and two Supercopa Italiana trophies. He also helped Italy win the World Cup in 2006. He was a great servant to the club and country.

And he was rewarded for it; when he won the 2007-2008 Coppa Di Italia, the trophy was presented to him by the president of Italy- Giorgio Napolitano.

The following is a more extensive compilation of the richest footballers in the world; their fortune; and their nationalities.

Position Player Nationality Net Worth
1 Matthew Flamini French $12 Billion
2 David Beckham United kingdom $670 Million
3 Cristiano Ronaldo Portuguese $500 Million
4 Lionel Messi Argentina $400 Million
5 Dave Whelan United kingdom $210 Million
6 Neymar da Silva Santos Junior Brazil $185 Million
7 Wayne Rooney United kingdom $160 Million
8 Alexandre Pato Brazil $145 Million
9 Francesco Totti Italy $101.6 Million
10 Jose Mourinho Portuguese $100 Million
11 Philipp Lahm Germany $100 Million
12 Eden Hazard Belgium $100 Million
13 Kaka Brazil $100 Million
14 Samuel Eto Cameroon $95 Million
15 Gareth Bale Wales $90 Million
16 Didier Drogba Ivory Coast $90 Million
17 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden $90 Million
18 Ronaldinho Brazil $90 Million
19 Andres Iniesta Spain $86 Million
20 Sergio Ramos Spain $80 Million
21 Arjen Robben Netherlands $80 Million
22 Willian Brazil $75 Million
23 Rio Ferdinand United kingdom $75 Million
24 Rivaldo Vitor Brazil $74 Million
25 Sergio Aguero Argentina $70 Million
26 Luis Suarez Uruguay $70 Million
27 Zinedine Zidane France $70 Million
28 Radamel Falcao Colombia $70 Million
29 Yaya Toure Ivory Coast $70 Million
30 Juan Mata Spain $63.4 Million
31 David Luiz Brazil $62 Million
32 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Netherlands $60.3 Million
33 Andy Carroll United kingdom $60 Million
34 Ryan Giggs United kingdom $60 Million
35 Fernando Torres Spain $60 Million
36 Steven Gerrard United kingdom $60 Million
37 Thierry Henry France $60 Million
38 Franck Ribery France $60 Million
39 Clarence Seedorf Netherlands $56.2 Million
40 David Silva Spain $55 Million
41 Sol Campbell United kingdom $55 Million
42 Robbie Keane Ireland $55 Million
43 Alan Shearer United kingdom $52.5 Million
44 Raúl González Blanco Spain $51.7 Million
45 Andrea Pirlo Italy $50 Million
46 David Villa Spain $50 Million
47 Luis Figo Portuguese $50 Million
48 Mesut Ozil Germany $50 Million
49 Michael Owen United kingdom $50 Million
50 John Terry United kingdom $50 Million
51 Esteban Cambiasso Argentina $49.2 Million
52 Lassana Diarra France $48.8 Million
53 Robbie Fowler United kingdom $46.5 Million
54 Frank Lampard United Kingdom $45 Million
55 Joe Cole United kingdom $45 Million
56 Fabio Cannavaro Italy $45 Million
57 Robinho Brazil $45 Million
58 Luke Shaw United kingdom $44.5 Million
59 Roy Keane Ireland $44 Million
60 Javi Martínez Spain $42.4 Million
61 Karim Benzema France $40 Million
62 Ricardo Quaresma Portugal $40 Million
63 Gerard Pique Spain $40 Million
64 Edinson Cavani Uruguay $40 Million
65 Javier Mascherano Argentina $40 Million
66 Pablo Aimar Argentina $37.2 Million
67 Petr Cech Croatia $36 Million
68 Gary Lineker United kingdom $35 Million
69 Mario Gotze Germany $35 Million
70 Mario Balotelli Italy $35 Million
71 Peter Crouch United kingdom $35 Million
72 Michael Essien Ghana $35 Million
73 Djibril Cisse France $35 Million
74 Marco Di Vaio Italy $34.8 Million
75 José Antonio Reyes Spain $33.6 Million
76 Lucas Moura Brazil $33 Million
77 Patrick Vieira France $33 Million
78 Roy Makaay Netherlands $32.6 Million
79 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Armenia $32 Million
80 Diego Milito Argentina $31.2 Million
81 Rafa Benitez Spain $30 Million
82 Raul Meireles Portuguese $30 Million
83 Joe Hart United kingdom $30 Million
84 Dani Alves Brazil $30 Million
85 James Rodríguez Colombia $30 Million
86 Damien Duff Ireland $30 Million
87 Tiago Mendes Portuguese $30 Million
88 Martin Palermo Argentina $30 Million
89 Hidetoshi Nakata Japan $28 Million
90 Nemanja Matic Serbia $27 Million
91 Paul Scholes United kingdom $27 Million
92 Deco Portuguese $25 Million
93 Emmanuel Adebayor Togo $25 Million
94 Michael Ballack Germany $25 Million
95 Craig Bellamy United kingdom $25 Million
96 Daniele De Rossi Italy $25 Million
97 Fernando Gago Argentina $24.1 Million
98 David Moyes United kingdom $24 Million
99 Thiago Alcântara Spain $23.9 Million
100 Edin Dzeko Bosnian and Herzegovinian $23 Million



The list of the richest footballers in the world may soon change significantly because football clubs are now more desperate than ever to sign the best available talent, and they spend ridiculous amounts to get them. Already, there are some young names being touted as generational talents, and it is exciting to see how much they can make.

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