Whether you like them or not, there's no denying that the finest soccer players are paid huge sums. When you add in sponsorship deals, you've got players sitting on riches worth tens of millions of dollars, if not more.
Check out the table below to see which current players will have the largest financial accounts in 2021.
Willian is tenth on the list with a net worth of $75 million.
The majority of Willian's earnings came from costly Premier League contracts. He made so much money that he could afford to quit his Arsenal contract, so foregoing the opportunity to earn £20 million.
He's also made a lot of money via sponsorship deals, including an eight-year deal with Nike in 2014.
9. Sergio Ramos has a net worth of $80 million.
The next player on the list is Sergio Ramos, who is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of all time.
He spent most of his career with Real Madrid, making 469 games, until joining PSG in 2021.
His contract in France is reportedly worth €10.5 million ($12.4 million) each year, boosting his bank account even more during his time in the French capital.
He also has a slew of endorsement deals, including a lucrative deal with Adidas, which he inked in 2021 after a decade with Nike.
8. Andrés Iniesta
Many consider Andrés Iniesta to be one of the best midfielders in history.
He made his debut for Barcelona B in 2001 and went on to play 442 times for the first team.
He eventually left the Camp Nou in 2018, heading to Japan to join Vissel Kobe, where he has made 76 appearances.
As with all the other names on this list, Iniesta has earned money from both lucrative contracts and sponsorship deals.
He appeared in a popular Nike commercial, alongside players such as Ronaldo and Neymar, and currently has a deal in place with ASICS.
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a net worth of $90 million.
Nobody knows this better than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been one of the most thrilling strikers in the world for the past 15 years.
He's played for clubs all over the world, including Barcelona, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain, and is now at AC Milan.
Despite his age, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still the highest-paid player in AC Milan, earning €7 million ($8.3 million) every year. He's worked with companies like Nike, Volvo, and Nivea, which has only added to his success.
6. Gareth Bale ($90 million)
Gareth Bale burst into the scene at Tottenham Hotspur, illuminating the Premier League, and won the PFA Player of the Year award in 2011 and 2013.
He then transferred to Real Madrid, where he is still playing, though he did return to Spurs for the 2020/21 season.
He is not just the world's sixth-richest player, but he also has the sixth-highest pay, earning about $700,000 each week in Madrid.
He has multiple endorsement deals, and in 2018, he was paid $185,000 for each sponsored Instagram post.
5. Eden Hazard ($100,000,000)
Eden Hazard, a Belgian, made a name for himself at Lille, earning a lucrative transfer to Chelsea in 2012.
He stayed with the club until 2019 when he moved to Real Madrid. He has struggled in Spain's capital, with ailments sabotaging much of his time there.
Hazard's annual salary at Real Madrid is said to be over $27.5 million. before this, he was making almost $19 million per year at Chelsea.
He has several endorsement deals under his belt, including one with Nike.
4. Alexandre Pato $145 million.
Alexandre Pato's inclusion on this list may surprise some. After all, he's never reached the heights of any of the other players on the list, and he's never lived up to his full potential.
He spent the majority of his career with AC Milan before moving on to a variety of other clubs. In Major League Soccer, he now plays for Orlando City.
Surprisingly, Patois is only paid roughly $200,000 per month by Orlando City.
He has, however, had rich contracts in the past, especially in China, and he was a well-known personality in Brazil with numerous endorsements.
3. Neymar ($185 million)
Neymar, another Brazilian, is up next.
When PSG lavished the cash to lure him to Paris in a €222 million ($261.5 million) deal, he became the most valuable transfer of all time.
He was a crucial member of Barcelona's offense before moving to France, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
As one might anticipate, Neymar earns a big pay at PSG, with annual compensation of roughly $42.5 million, or about $817,000 each week.
Sponsorships abound for the Brazilian, who has agreements with Puma, Red Bull, and others. The annual cost of these sponsorships is estimated to be around $25 million.
2. Lionel Messi (400 million dollars)
Lionel Messi is the second richest soccer player in the world. He spent the majority of his career at Camp Nou, where he became a legend among Barcelona supporters.
He did, however, transfer teams this year, joining PSG to play with Neymar. Many consider him to be the best player of all time, yet the player at the top of this list could disagree.
Lionel Messi is the highest-paid soccer player in the world, earning an estimated $859,000 every week. When he joined PSG, he also received a $29.5 signing bonus.
Brands are clamoring to be linked with Messi, as you might think, and he has partnerships in place with Adidas, Pepsi, and others.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo has a net worth of $500 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who is vying with Lionel Messi for the title of the best player of all time, is at the top of the list.
After stints at Real Madrid and Juventus, he recently made an emotional return to Manchester United, where he first earned his name.
Ronaldo currently earns roughly £500,000 ($691,000) per week in England, which many fans consider being a substantial sum.
He is the most marketable figure in soccer, bebesidesessi, and has a slew of endorsement deals, including Nike and Tag Heuer.
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