The top 10 richest football players in the World in 2014

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The sports website “Goal.com“, has recently published a list containing the top 10 richest football players in the World. They named it the “Goal Rich List 2014” and it’s basically the result of data provided by a vast group of analysts, who accounts for the a wide set of revenue and income flows reported by the top football players across the globe.

This year (2014), Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, became the richest footballer in the World, leaving Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi behind him in second place, just as it had already happened in the recent FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 event, that took place in Zurich last January.

With assets valued in roughly 148 million euros, Ronaldo manages to top Messi for a very small margin of 2 million euros. This ranking also shows us how Ronaldo‘s influence in Real Madrid and Portugal over the past 12 months has increased significantly.

Cristiano Ronaldo made it to the number one of this top 10 richest football players list of 2014, naturally succeeding the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy super star, David Beckham. Since this list can only contain footballers still in the active, Beckham is no longer an eligible candidate, since he retired from football at the end of the last season (2012-2013).

One of the players that has recently seen his income and overall wealth increased was Manchester United‘s Wayne Rooney, who saw his contract with the Old Trafford club being renewed for a £300.000 a week salary. Still, he’s currently ranked as the 4th richest football player in the World.

Barcelona‘s new signing Neymar, is most likely Brazil‘s most popular football  player in the World these days. After his highly controversial transfer and contract conditions/details scrutiny, he ended up being ranked in 6th by Goal.com‘s “Rich List of 2014“. Apparently,  they’ve already took into account that Neymar‘s father actually pocketed a 40% commission of the total amount of his transfer value.

Other poopular football players like Chelsea‘s Samuel Etoo (who basically got extremely rich during his 2 years adventure in Russia, while playing for Anzhi Makhachkala), Kaká (AC Milan), Ronaldinho (Atletico Mineiro), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) or Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), help completing this renowned ranking list.

See the video and check the full list below:

 

The top 10 richest football players in 2014:

#1 – Cristiano Ronaldo
Nationality/Country: Portugal
Club: Real Madrid
Wealth level: 148 million euros

Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid 2014

 

#2 – Lionel Messi
Nationality/Country: Argentina
Club: Barcelona
Wealth level: 146 million euros

Lionel Messi in FC Barcelona 2014

 

#3 – Samuel Etoo
Nationality/Country: Cameroon
Club: Chelsea
Wealth level: 85 million euros

Samuel Etoo in Chelsea 2014

 

#4 – Wayne Rooney
Nationality/Country: England
Club: Manchester United
Wealth level: 84 million euros

Wayne Rooney in Manchester United 2014

 

#5 – Kaká
Nationality/Country: Brazil
Club: AC Milan
Wealth level: 82 million euros

Ricardo Kaká in AC Milan 2014

 

#6 – Neymar
Nationality/Country: Brazil
Club: Barcelona
Wealth level: 80 million euros

Neymar in FC Barcelona 2014

 

#7 – Ronaldinho
Nationality/Country: Brazil
Club: Atletico Mineiro
Wealth level: 78 million euros

Ronaldinho in Atletico Mineiro in 2014

 

#8 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Nationality/Country: Sweden
Club: PSG
Wealth level: 69 million euros

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in PSG 2014

 

#9 – Gianluigi Buffon
Nationality/Country: Italy
Club: Juventus
Wealth level: 63 million euros

Gianluigi Buffon in Juventus 2014

 

#10 – Thierry Henry
Nationality/Country: France
Club: New York Red Bulls
Wealth level: 57 million euros

Thierry Henry in New York Red Bulls 2014

 

Sources: goal.com / marca.com / scaryfootball.com

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