The list of 2014 world’s richest football players released by the magazine ‘Forbes’ recently, shows that Christiano Ronaldo tops the list with $80 million earned in sports and endorsements together in the last one year. About 15 footballers have found their place in the world’s 100 richest sports personalities in the year.
Lionel Messi, with his total earnings of $64.7 million comes second in the list while former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez figures at the 100th spot down below despite earning $17.3 million in salary and endorsements and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is ahead of Suarez in 92nd spot with $18.3 million at the Allianz Arena.
Arsenal forward Mesut Ozil is is at 89 with $18.5 million, followed by Steven Gerrard with $18.7 million at 86 and Robin van Persie with $19.5 million at 81st position. While these are below the top 10 players, let us see who are those on the top ten list:
World’s Richest Football Players from 10 to 1:
FERNANDO TORRES 10TH IN LIST
Total earnings: $21.3m
Club: AC Milan (on loan from Chelsea)
The Spanish striker, despite his struggles at Stamford Bridge over the past couple of years, is currently on a loan stint at the San Siro. He was the Premier League’s first £50 million player and topped the list frequently.
YAYA TOURE 9TH IN LIST
Total earnings: $21.7m
Club: Manchester City
The thrice “African Footballer of the Year” is in the Premier League with reigning champions Manchester City. One of the box-to-box midfielders, the player from Barcelona is with the Etihad Stadium and majority of the earnings comes from his wages and high-profile endorsements.
SERGIO AGUERO 8th in LIST
Total earnings: $23.3m
Club: Manchester City
A Striker with Manchester City, Sergio Aguero is among the top strikers in the Premier League, and so is his earning and
comes second to Lionel Messi in Argentina.
WAYNE ROONEY 7th in LIST
Total earnings: $23.4m
Club: Manchester United
Captain of Manchester United, Wayne Roneey may not be the highest earner in the Premier League but the Red Devils striker
earns still from his Old Trafford wages and numerous endorsement deals. With many years of game ahead, he may reache
further high in the coming matches and earnings.
The hero of 2014 World Cup at Brazil is sharing equally his wages and endorsements worldwide with $33.6 million. He stands at 22 in the wealthiest list and one of the few world-known sports talents.
RADAMEL FALCAO 5TH IN LIST
Total earnings: $35.4m
Club: Manchester United (on loan from AS Monaco)
The Colombian striker is at Old Trafford on a loan from AS Monaco has overtaken Manchester United captain
Wayne Rooney to be the richest player in the Premier League. Falcao’s earnings come from the highest amount he charges from the Ligue 1 giants, and continues with the Red Devils. With endorsement deals, he earns $32.4 million per annum.
GARETH BALE 4TH IN LIST
Total earnings: $36.4m
Club: Real Madrid
After his high-profile transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid last summer, Bale’s earnings too skyrocketed by $10 million from endorsement deals alone, while his wages constitute an additional $25 million at the Santiago Bernabeu. He is the fourth richest footballer in the world.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC 3RD IN LIST
Total earnings: $40.4m
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Swedish striker Ibrahimovic, 33, after signing for PSG, began to earn an astronomical figure as salary ans was the third richest footballers on the planet in 2014.
LIONEL MESSI 2ND IN LIST
Total earnings: $64.7m
The only player who needs no introduction even to a small child anywhere in the world, Messi, 27, with his mesmerizing capabilities, is the second highest paid player from Argentina with $65 million in endorsements and wages in 2014. His endorsements constitute one-third of his total earnings.
CRISTIANO RONALDO 1ST IN LIST
Total earnings: $80m
Club: Real Madrid
The Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, wins more than his arch-rival Lionel Messi at $80 million, mainly owing to the huge salaries offered at Real Madrid. With his huge marketable talent, he gets $30 million from the endorsement deals. (Source: Forbes)