World’s Highest Earing Soccer Players at the 2014 World Cup
It’s a known fact that professional athletes enjoy the comforts of a financially safe life. Since the FIFA World Cup is happening right now, we thought it would be interesting to take a peek at the world’s richest soccer players’ accounts and share the information with you.
Cristiano Ronaldo ($250 million net worth)
Topping the list is soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid is paying him $52 million a year, to which he adds about $30 million annually from various (and numerous) endorsements. He is currently the second highest paid athlete in the world, the number one position being occupied by American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Ronaldo gets $8 million a year from his Nike deal alone.
Lionel Messi ($180 million net worth)
Messi is living a pretty decent life as the world’s second richest soccer player and fourth richest athlete. His annual earnings reach $65 million, of which $45 million represents his base salary from Barcelona. Giants like Samsung, Adidas, Gillette, and Gatorade ensure annual extra cash of approximately $20 million.
Wayne Rooney ($125 million net worth)
Manchester United has promised Rooney a safe $26 million annual salary for the next four years. But just in case that’s not enough for the talented soccer player, he can always rely on the extra $5 to $10 million that come from endorsement deals with the likes of Samsung and Nike.
Philipp Lahm ($100 million net worth)
Germany’s national soccer team, Bayern Munich, is paying Philipp Lahm $14 million every year. That’s a really good motivation for any player to want to help his team win the 2014 World Cup.
Didier Drogba ($90 million net worth)
Turkey’s Galatasaray Football Club is generously paying Drogba $15 million a year. That’s a huge step forward from his previous deal with Shanghai Sheuna, who only gave him $300,000. His wealth is also supported by a number of endorsement deals that add up to an extra $5 to $10 million every year.
Andres Iniesta ($90 million net worth)
Andres Iniesta plays with Messi for Real Madrid. Even though his $13 million annual salary is considerably smaller than that of his more famous teammate, something tells us that Iniesta is leading a pretty happy life.
Arjen Robben ($80 million net worth)
When Robben is not playing in the World Cup, he receives an annual salary of $7.5 million from Bayern Munich. During the World Cup he plays for the Netherlands.
Samuel Eto’o ($75 million net worth)
His one-year contract with Chelsea ensures Eto’o a nice $7 million income. Endorsements bring in an extra $4 million a year, so he’s not doing too shabby. He did earn more, though, when he played for Inter Milan and a Russian team who paid him $10 million and $13 million, respectively.
Yaya Toure ($70 million net worth)
Toure boasts an annual salary of $19 million from Manchester City. Puma adds a hefty amount to that thanks to a really good endorsement deal, and his total extra earning add up to about $3 million a year.
Radamel Falcao ($70 million net worth)
Radamel Falcao’s base salary comes from AC Milan: $32 million every year. With such a good income, Falcao is the world’s 15th best paid athlete. Various endorsements secure him an extra $3 million a year.
Dani Alves ($60 million net worth)
Another Messi teammate is Dani Alves, who earns $10 million every year from Barcelona.
Sami Khedira ($60 million net worth)
The list continues with Sami Khedira, whose World Cup country is Germany. His base salary is provided by Real Madrid and it represents $10 million per year.
Frank Lampard ($60 million net worth)
Also at the $60 million net worth threshold is Frank Lampard who plays for England in the World Cup. He is currently without a club team, but we bet he doesn’t feel very lonely with that kind of cash in his pocket. Chelsea used to pay him $8 million a year. LA Galaxy may secure him a spot in the club soon.
Eden Hazard ($45 million net worth)
The ridiculously young Eden Hazard – aged 23 – wins $8 million annually from Chelsea. He is playing for Belgium in the World Cup, and he earns an extra $5 million every year from endorsement deals.
Other noteworthy rich players include Fernando Torres ($60 million net worth), Sergio Ramos ($60 million), Steven Gerrard ($60 million), and Neymar ($50 million). There are also some other very rich soccer players that should have been on this list, had they qualified for the World Cup teams. These include ZlatanIbrahimovic ($160 million net worth), Brazil’s Kaka ($60 million), and Rio Ferdinand ($75 million).