Soccer has changed the lives of numerous persons unbundling and releasing them from the stifling stranglehold of poverty and scary humble beginnings to a life of affluence and luxury. An unending list of examples backs up this fact, as more young people push for a career in football. This piece though seeks to highlight the Richest footballers in the world, their worth, and their luxury toys. So strap in your seat belt, grab a king-sized paper cup of popcorn and a glass of Chivita orange juice, as we enjoy this review together.
Hey guys before we start I'll like to clear the air on some stuff, there are some really rich footballers who ain't playing the game anymore, some super guys like David Beckham, Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto, Kaka and others who are super rich but retired from playing the beautiful game. We will try not to talk about these guys here, we'll do that in a later article on Naijauto.com, so make sure you keep a keen eye on our space. However, this article will be focused on the hottest and richest active footballers in the world and the cars they drive.
Top Ten Richest Footballers in the World by Net worth
|Top Ten Richest Footballers still Actively Playing Soccer|
|This is a Surprise (Read Down to See No 1)||$20 billion|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||$450 million|
|Lionel Messi||$400 million|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic||($190- $220) million|
|Neymar Jr||$185 million|
|Wayne Rooney||$160 million|
|Gareth Bale||$125 million|
|Andreas Iniesta||$120 million|
|Edin Hazard||($100 million - $120 million)|
|Paul Pogba||$65 million - $100 million|
10. Paul Pogba ($65 million - $100 million)
Paul was born in Lagny-sur-Marne, a small town in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. Pogba will start his footballing in France at local amateur sides before joining Le Havre, a French Ligue 1 side. 2009 came and Pogba will make the move to Manchester United but not without some controversy, anyways Pogba will join United and fitted perfectly into the clubs youth team. He will continue his rise until 2011 when he made his first-team debut in a game against Leeds United as a substitute.
Paul Pogba, the World Cup champion, is playing for Manchester United
- Paul Pogba Net Worth ($65 million - $150 million)
Paul Pogba has an estimated Net Worth ranging from $65 million - $150 million. His current deal with United sees him earn about $29 million in annual salary. The star also reportedly earns about $4 million in additional income from paid sponsorship and endorsement deals according to data released by Forbes for the 2019 rating of highest-paid athletes in the world.
- Private Jet ($24.5 million) and Houses ($3.87 million)
Pogba is Young, Rich, and Famous. I'm certain you will be shocked and might even question the gods if this crazy dude kept a low profile. Anyways, you won't have to question no one since Pogba is as flamboyant as they get and doesn't spare a kobo when it comes to luxury possession. He owns the Gulfstream G280 private Jet with a market value of about $24.5 million, which is about N8.9 billion. Pogba also owns a 5-bedroom Mansion in Cheshire, Manchester with a value of $3.87 million.
The facade of Pogba's Multi-million Dollar Mansion
Pogba's Gulfstream G280 has an asking price of about $24.5 million
- Pogba cars
When it comes to cars, he drives some of the most expensive autos. His Fleet includes the likes of:
- McLaren P1 - ($1.15 million or N416.9 million)
- 2018 Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge - ($382,000 or N138 million)
- Lamborghini Aventador - ($362,000 or N131 million)
- Ferrari 812 Superfast - ($347,000 or N125 million)
- Maserati Quattroporte - ($155,000)
Some joke that Pogba changes his cars just like his hairstyles
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9. Eden Hazard ($100 million - $120 million)
The former Chelsea attacker is one of those guys that keeps things private and will rarely put his personal life in public space. Eden was born in Belgium to footballing parents which suggested why he and his siblings ended up playing the beautiful games. Hazard and his brother Thorgan later moved to France at a young age to pursue their footballing dream. Hazard would settle with Lille before moving to Chelsea in the summer of 2012.
After bringing Chelsea to the Europa League title, Eden Hazard moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019
- Hazard Net Worth ($100 million - $120 million)
Hazard has an estimated net worth in the region of about ($100 million - $120 million). His $111 million moves to Real Madrid has even bettered his fortunes the more. He currently earns an annual salary of about $25.63 million and an additional $5 million from endorsements and sponsorship deals.
- Hazard House ($12.3 million)
So Hazard is one of those guys that won't buy a private Jet and we wonder why. Anyways, he tried as much as he could to keep his London house away from the public but his move to the Spanish capital has made leaving the private life a little bit more of a challenge. His new house in Madrid popularly called the Blackhouse due to its dark facade costs about $12.3 million.
This Mansion was designed by famous Spanish architect Miguel Torres
- Hazard cars
Hazard owns a fleet of cars that's hard to define. Some are just expensive while others are just there. Anyways have a look for yourself at some his most expensive cars;
- Aston Martin Vanquish - ($264,000)
- Audi R8 V10 - ($134,000)
- Mercedes Benz AMG GTR - ($130,000)
- Audi Q8 - ($68,200)
Hazard seems to be a fan of German cars
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8. Andres Iniesta ($120 million)
Iniesta announced himself to the world while playing in a youth tournament in Albacete. He will later move to La Masia, the famous Barcelona youth Academy where he continued his progress until he made his first-team debut in 2002. Iniesta would go on to win several personal awards and team trophies including 9 La Liga Crowns, 6 Copa Del Rey, 4 Uefa Champions League and 3 Uefa Super Cup. Iniesta made the move away from Barcelona in 2018 to the Japanese J League side Vissel Kobe.
Andres Iniesta- One of the greatest middle fielder legends
- Andres Iniesta NetWorth ($120 million)
Iniesta has a net worth of about $120 million and earns an astonishing $576,923 per week with Vissel Kobe resulting in about $30 million annually. He also earns about $2.5 million annually from endorsement and sponsorship deals with major brands like the Japanese footwear maker Asics. Iniesta owns a Winery Business in his home town Fuentealbilla which he started in 2010.
Iniesta started the Bodega Iniesta in 2010
- Iniesta House ($4.6 million)
Iniesta owns a house in his home town of Fuentealbilla which is worth about $4.6 million. The house was built in 2005 and comes complete with 5 bedrooms and a swimming pool plus a mini cathedral incorporated into the building by Iniesta himself.
Iniesta's mansion in Fuentealbilla is worth an amazing $4.6 million
- Iniesta Cars
Iniesta is another really modest person, who tries as much as possible to keep his personal life private. He's also very modest with his spending generously for the $2.25 million Bugatti Veyron. Check out the list of his cars and their value below;
- Bugatti Veyron ($2.25 million)
- Audi SQ7 ($126,300)
This Audi SQ& 4.0 was given to Iniesta by former Club Barcelona's Sponsor Audi
Iniesta Paid a whooping N816 million or $2.25 million for his Bugatti Veyron
7. Gareth Bale ($125 million)
The former Tottenham winger has grown by leaps and bounds from the smallish footballer who was almost denied a scholarship with Southampton in the early years of his development to the bullish winger feared across Europe. In 2013, Bale will complete a world record fee transfer to Real Madrid from Tottenham, where Madrid reportedly paid about $110.9 million for his services.
Gareth Bale is a national hero back in his homeland, Wales
- Gareth Bale Net Worth ($125 million)
Forbes 2019 100 highest-paid Athletes rating sees Bale takes the 79th position while taking home about $20.6 million in annual salary. His endorsements also supply an additional $6.5 million bringing his total yearly earnings to $27.1 million. At the moment Gareth Bale is worth about $125 million.
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- Bale's Private Jet
Does Gareth own a private jet? The obvious answer is Yes!!!. Bale took possession of a Cessna Citation XLS which costs about $13 million. The Cessna Citation XLS can attain a service ceiling of 45,000 feet with a climb rate of 12 Feet Per Minute. The Cessna Citation XLS has a charter rate of about $11,000.
Gareth Bale won't miss a Movie Premier when he got a $13 million waiting on the tarmac
- Bale's Houses
After his move to Madrid was confirmed, Bale took interest in Kaka's home in the exclusive neighborhood of La Finca. Bale would, initially, rent the apartment for about £10,000 monthly before buying it outright for a reported $7.78 million.
Bale bought Kaka's home after having rented it for a while
- Bale cars
Gareth has been very shrewd when it comes to automobiles. Rather than buying expensive cars outright, Bale prefers a rental contract as is obvious with his recently canceled $39,000 rental contract with Auto Vivendi Super Car Club which gave him access to some really luxurious and expensive auto every two months all year round. He also recently received an Audi Q7 from Real Madrid auto sponsors Audi.
Most of Bale's cars are rented
6. Wayne Rooney ($160 million)
Wayne Rooney. That name has been indelibly planted in the hearts of Man United fans and in the sands all around Old Trafford. The young lad from Everton made a name for himself and grew to a cult hero during his time at United, scoring over 300 goals for the club within this time. Rooney joined United in 2004 in a £25.6 million deal making him the most expensive younger at that time. Rooney would later leave United for Everton in 2017 before joining DC United in 2018. Rooney is currently tied to English Championship side Derby County where he serves as a Player-Coach at the age of 34.
Rooney in part of ManU winning the 2008 Champions League
- Wayne Rooney Net Worth
Forbes 2018 report shows Rooney earned about $27 million from both salary and endorsement deals. He was earning about $250,000 weekly with DC United amounting to about $20 million annually while sponsorship and endorsement deals accounted for the balance of $7 million. Rooneys Net Worth is currently estimated to be in the region of $160 million.
- Rooney's Private Jet
Rooney owns a Dassault Falcon 900LX aircraft with an estimated cost of about $20 million. The Falcon 900LX can attain a service ceiling of about 51,000 ft while reaching a maximum speed of Mach 0.87.
- Rooney's Houses
Wayne and his wife Coleen have made some really shrewd investments when it comes to real estate. Their most recent investment is in a $26 million estate in Cheshire which is currently undergoing finishing touches. The couple also owns mansions in Florida and a $5 million property Barbados and a $7.6 million property in Prestbury popular called the Waynesor Castle.
One of Rooney's Properties is a $5 Million Mansion in Barbados
- Rooney Cars
Rooney has a collection of really expensive and luxurious cars. This collection includes an Audi Q7 valued at about $53,550 or N19.4 million, a Range Rover Sport OverFinch which has a starting price of about $150,000 or N54 million, an orange Bentley Continental and also a BMW i8 valued at about N53 million or $147,500.
There are at least 4 cars in Rooney's car collection
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5. Neymar Jnr. ($185 million)
Handsome and rich are just two words that can be used to describe a part of Neymar. The Brazilian has dribbled his way to the top right from his humble Santos days to his glorious Barcelona stint. Neymar, managed by his father, completed a world record transfer fee to Paris Saint Germaine in 2018 reported being about $263 million. His time with PSG has been both sweet and bitter helping the French Ligue one side to the league crown while enduring a turgid summer where he made clear his intention of returning to Barcelona.
Neymar Jnr is currently a PSG player
- Neymar Net Worth ($185 million)
Neymar is reportedly worth an estimated $185 million. In 2019 alone Forbes reports that Neymar has already earned as much as $105 million from salary and endorsements. At the moment Neymar is the most marketable athlete in the world raking in about $30 from marketing and endorsement deals with numerous brands, especially in Brazil. His annual Salary with PSG stands at $75 million.
- Neymar's Private Jet and Yacht
In 2015, Neymar purchased his Embraer Legacy 450 aircraft with a reported market value of about $25.9 million but AS sports online magazine reported that Neymar paid about €4 million for the aircraft suggesting Neymar purchased a used version. The Brazilian superstar also owns a 25m Yacht which was reportedly purchased in 2012 for about $8 million.
Neymar's Embraer Legacy 450 aircraft costs about $25.9 million
Neymar's Yacht costs about $8 million
- Neymar's House
Neymar currently lives in a rented property in Paris but owns an €8 million property in his home country of Brazil. The Mansion comes complete with 5 bedrooms, a number of suites, a Helipad and a Tennis court.
- Neymar Cars
Neymar owns a collection of some really expensive supercar and they include the likes of a Porsche Panamera Turbo, a Maserati MC12, an Audi R8 Spyder and a Ferrari 458 Spider.
Neymar is quick. So are his cars
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4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($190- $220) million)
The Veteran Swedish footballer is a household name across Europe. In his hay days, he was one of the most feared and most sort after striker in the game scoring an astonishing 500 senior goals and still counting. He started out professionally with Malmo before crossing the border to Ajax in 2001. He is a well-traveled footballer plying his trade across the top 5 leagues in Europe. He's currently tied to America MLS side LA Galaxy which he joined in 2018 after a short spell with Manchester United.
Ibra sharing a laugh with World Boxing Heavy Weight Champion Anthony Joshua
- Ibrahimovic Net Worth ($190 million - $220 million)
Ibra's illustrious career has seen him amass a great deal of wealth and prominence in a career that has spanned two decades. He currently earns about $7.2 million as salary with LA Galaxy and has a net worth of about $190 million to $220 million.
- Ibra's Private Jet
Ibrahimovic owns a Cessna Citation Longitude aircraft which has a market value of about $27 million. It has a flight range of about 6,482 km and can comfortably accommodate 8 passengers.
Ibrahimovic chilling with former teammate Abate in his Private Jet
- Ibrahimovic's Mansion
We know Ibrahimovic used to own a £3 million property in Sweden which he recently sold off. He is well known for his frugal spending culture when it comes to real estate. He is notorious for always renting out the properties he lived in, with the most recent being the Cheshire property he rented during his time at Manchester United.
- Ibrahimovic Cars
When it comes to cars, the superstar makes sure to drive the fastest and coolest around. His most recent piece is the Limited Edition, £1.4 million Ferrari Monza. The other members of his collection include;
- Porsche 918 spyder - ($845,000)
- Ferrari Enzo - ($670,000)
- Audi S8 - ($334,711)
- Maserati Gran Tourismo - ($150,220)
- Lamborghini Gallardo - ($162,810)
Ibrahimovic with his $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder
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3. Lionel Messi ($400 million)
I remember when I first noticed Messi during the 2005 FIFA U-20 World cup and there was this somewhat diminutive kid that ran around almost as fast a rat beating everyone with his crazy dribble and speed. Anyways that kid has gone on to win 6 world footballer of the year crown, breaking and making numerous records on his way there. He started out his Pro career with Barcelona and look likely to retire there as well. Messi is now happily married with 3 boys.
Messi is happily married with 3 boys
- Messi Net Worth
The 2019 Forbes rating for highest-paid athletes shows that Messi earned the most than any other soccer player on the planet, taking home about $127 million in salary and endorsements. The report shows that he earned about $92 million in salary and another $35 million from endorsement deals with brands like Adidas, Pepsi, Mastercard, etc. His net worth is estimated at about $400 million just behind his fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
- Messi's Private Jet
In 2018 Messi would reportedly splash $15 million on a Gulfstream V according to reports by AS online sports magazine, but the official pricing for the aircraft is about $30 million. The Gulfstream V can attain a service ceiling of about 51,000 ft and reaches a maximum speed of Mach 0.85.
Messi's Gulfstream V (550) aircraft cost him a reported $15 million
- Messi's Mansion
Messi owns a mansion in Castelldefels, Barcelona. He reportedly got the mansion for around $1.6 million and would further renovate the house with over $4.2 million.
Messi's $5.8 Million Mansion in Bellamar
- Messi Cars
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2. Cristiano Ronaldo ($450 million)
Cristiano Ronaldo is by far the most popular and most followed sportsperson in the globe. He's is more of a football idol but also greatly admired by numerous fans all over the world for this charitable. He was born in the Portuguese island of Madeira and currently holds the title of the best Portuguese player of all time bestowed on him in 2015 by the Portugal Football Federation. His illustrious career has seen him take him 5 World Footballer of the Year awards along with 5 UEFA champions League Crowns. Ronaldo is cohabiting with his partner and currently has 4 kids including a twin.
Ronaldo and his partner with his Kids
- Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth
Cristiano is currently the second-highest-paid athlete in the world only behind Lionel Messi. He earns about $44 million from endorsement deals signed with major brands like Nike while his annual salary stands at about $65 million. His current Net Worth stands at about $450 million a good $50 million more than Lionel Messi who earned the highest amount for 2019.
- Ronaldo's Mansion
When you're worth $450 million you can purchase virtually anything and that is what Cristiano has done. From buying a $3.85 million mansion in Cheshire Uk which he recently sold to former Madrid teammate Pepe to settling in the $4.8 million mansion during his stint in Madrid and now the twin-detached Villa's he purchased in Turin. Early this year, Ronaldo spent money on a Spanish villa worth about $1.6 million. Back in his hometown, he owns a mansion in Lisbon valued at about £6 million.
His move to Turin meant he would buy a new mansion
- Ronaldo Cars
Ronaldo owns a handsome fleet of cars from Ferrari's to Bugatti's and more exotic cars from supercar brands. In fact, he reportedly purchased the most expensive car around - a Bugatti La Voitre with a market value of about $18.7 million that's equivalent to N6.8 billion. Other cars included in the long list are a Bugatti Chiron, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, an Aston Martin DB9, a Bentley GT Speed, a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, 3 Ferraris (599 GTO, F430, 599 GTB), an Audi R8 and a Maserati GranCabrio, etc,
Ronaldo acquires tens of cars in his garage
- Ronaldo's Private Jet ($65 million)
Ronaldo's Gulfstream G650 is a twin-engine business class aircraft with a market value of about $65 million. It is designed to accommodate a flight range of about 12,964 km and can attain a maximum service ceiling of about 51,000 ft.
Ronaldo's Gulfstream G650 aircraft
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1. Faiq Bolkiah ($20 billion)
The unlike leader of the pack is little known Faiq Bolkiah, the son of the younger brother to the billionaire Sultan of Brunei. He currently plays in the Leicester City Reserve team as a midfielder. In the national shirt, he is the captain of the Brunei National team.
Faiq Bolkiah is worth about $20 billion
- Faiq Bolkiah Net Worth ($20 billion)
Faiq is said to be on a weekly wage of about $1000 but is certainly worth a whopping $20 billion, though this chunk of wealth is not gotten from salary or sponsorship related to playing football. Most of this wealth comes from his family's fortunes.
Video: Faiq Bolkiah history
The young lad managers have done a good job at keeping him below the radar as he continues to build his game. We hope to see him step into Leicesters' first team in the nearest future. As for the other aspects of his life, lots are kept away from the public eye except for the few posts the young man puts on his Instagram page.
That's the top richest active footballers in the world & the cars they drive. Hope you enjoyed the article, don't forget to check out our other celebrity articles here on Naijauto.
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