Football is one of the richest professions in world . More money is pump into football over the years because it is a very popular sport.
Football players are paid huge amount of money because the sport is popular and watched all over the world. Football players popularity also make them land lucrative sponsorship deals from big companies all over the world.
If you read below, you will see the estimated worth of the richest top ten active football players in the world.
10. Paul Pogba ( $85m)
The Frenchman is professional football player that plays for Manchester united. He is one the world best midfielder and also a world cup winner. Manchester united pays him close to £300,000 a week and he also has a lucrative contract with Adidas.
9. Eden Hazard ( $100m)
The Belgian star is one of the biggest names in the football world. He is a brilliant forward who plays for European champions Real Madrid. Hazard has endorsement deals with Topps, electronic arts and Nike.
8. Andreas Iniesta ($120m)
The Spaniard world cup winner is one the world's highest paid players on a reported salary of $30m a year. After amassing huge wealth in Barcelona the midfielder moved to Japan where he now plays for Vissel Kobe.
7. Gareth Bale ($125m)
The welsh man plays for real Madrid, in 2016 Bale signed a new contract that will see him earn £160m over six years. The attacker has also had sponsorship deals with the like of Adidas, konami, foot locker, Sony, Lucozade and more throughout his career.
6. Wayne Rooney ($160m)
The English man was one the highest paid players in the world during his time in Manchester united. He holds the record for England's highest goal scorer, he currently plays for derby country where he still pockets a wealthy wage. Rooney has been sponsored by the likes of Nike, coca cola, Harper Collins and EA sports at different stages of his career.
5. Neymar Jr ($185m)
The Brazilian is a very skillful player and one of the biggest names in football. He is one the world's best and currently plays for Paris saint-germain. Neymar is the most expensive footballer of all time with a 5 years contract at PSG worth around $350m in wages.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($190m)
Ibrahimovic is one the biggest names in football history, the legendary swede acquired a vast amount of wealth in wages over the course of his career. The striker has played for the likes of inter, Barcelona, man united, PSG, ac Milan and other clubs over the world.
3. Lionel Messi ($400m)
The skillful Argentine is one the World's best player, he currently plays for Barcelona and pockets an eye-watering amount in wages. Messi has a lifelong deal with Adidas and also has sponsorship deals with Pepsi, Gatorade, Huawei and master card.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo ($450m)
The Portuguese star is one of football's best player. He has played for the likes of Man united, real Madrid and currently plays for juventus. He is the most followed athlete on social media, he has an enormous lifelong contract with Nike and has his own iconic CR7 brand.
1. Faiq Bolkiah. ($20bn)
Faiq Bolkiah is the captain of the Brunei's national team and he plays for Leicester. He is the nephew of the sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah and he's worth an estimated $20bn. Though his source of wealth is unknown and he certainly did not earn his wealth as a professional football player.
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