Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s richest footballer. His personal fortune is valued at 210 million euros. Compared with the previous year, the Real Madrid player significantly increased its revenues because of the large amounts he received for winning the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the Ballon d’Or.
His advertising contracts with brands such as Toyota, Herbalife and Samsung, in addition to maintaining the contractual relationship with Nike for some years, have allowed the Portuguese to get to the last day of 2014 on top of the ranking of the world’s richest football players, beating Leo Messi (200 million) and Neymar (135 million).
The list drawn up by the Goal portal consists of the active players worldwide and is established according to the net assets based on wages, sponsors and assets.
In the case of Cristiano, he extended his contract with Real Madrid in September 2013, which has made since then 18.2 million euros annually. His sponsors give him revenues of about 25 million euros. Emirates, Soccerade, Emporio Armani, Konami, Banco Espirito Santo, KFC are other companies that increase his fortune, not to mention other types of investments such as CR7 Museum and the nightclub in the Algarve, ‘Seven’, the mobile application Mobitto and a property portfolio valued at over 30 million euros.
Behind Ronaldo, it is Messi, who has signed with FC Barcelona the most succulent contract on the world. And is also with big and important sponsors. Adidas, EA Sports, Ooredoo, Samsung, Lay’s, Audermars Piguet, Gillette, Dolce & Gabbana, Head & Shoulders, Gatorade and Bimbo are some marketing firms that increase his wealth. Among its assets, it looms the ‘Azahares del Parana’, a luxury resort in Argentina Rosario city worth almost 12 million euros and it has seven villas, a beach, a golf course and a sports area. Messi net worth is 10 million euros behind Ronaldo’s one.
The podium is completed by another Barcelona player, Neymar. The family business and the contract he signed with the club have exponentially enriched his private fortune.
The full list of the 20 richest players in the world:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): 210 million euros
2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 200
3. Neymar (Barcelona): 135
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG): 105
5. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United): 103
6. Kaka (Orlando City): 96
7. Samuel Eto’o (Sampdoria): 87
8. Raul (New York Cosmos): 85
9. Ronaldinho (Queretaro): 83
10. Frank Lampard (Manchester City): 80
11. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern): 75
12. Rio Ferdinand (QPR): 72
13. Gigi Buffon (Juventus): 68
14. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool): 64
15. Yaya Toure (Manchester City): 62
16. Franck Ribery (Bayern): 61
17. Francesco Totti (Roma): 60
18. Gerard Pique (Barcelona): 58
19. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): 58
20. John Terry (Chelsea): 56
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