Who is the richest footballer in the world?

Top footballers love the game for its sake and for the money they get out of it. Here is a list of the 5 richest footballers in the world.

The richest footballer in the world currently is David Beckham. Despite the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has recently become the most paid player, Beckham still holds the leadership position by having the top net worth in the football world.

richest footballer in the world

Who is the richest footballer in the world? – David Beckham

The net worth of David Beckham amounts to 350 million dollars. That of Ronaldo is just 300 million dollars followed by Messi with over 200 million dollars of net worth. The year’s earnings and salaries of Beckham rose to over 50 million dollars, plus 42 million of endorsements. His salary is little lower than that of Ronaldo, but he beats him by 15 million in endorsements.

david beckham richest footballer

He was born in 1975 in England. His full name is David Robert Joseph Beckham.

Fans really love this football player and provided him with several nicknames, such as Golden Balls, Becks, Dave, etc.

His sporting career started, when he was enrolled in Bobby Charlton’s sports school in Manchester.

He played for Manchester United club since 1992 and scored 85 times. He appeared in over 400 games with that club.

He played with the club until 2003, when he switched to Real Madrid.

Four years later in 2007 he moved to LA Galaxy. In 2008-2009 he was loaned to Milan and for the first time played against his first club Manchester United. In 2013 he signed with Paris Saint-Germaine and later on that year he retired, ending his career in football, but carrying it on as the top world celebrity. He ranks 19 among the world’s top celebrities and #8 among the highest paid sportsmen.

david beckham factsDavid Beckham Facts:

  • He was MU mascot in 1986
  • He was fined by his first club for 80 thousand dollars for babysitting his son
  • In 1998 he played in all the English qualifying matches
  • He gave away his entire salary from Saint-Germaine to charity
  • He suffers from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • His tattoos count is 20
  • He own winery in California
  • David scored in 3 World Cups
  • He set the press record: 150 reporters were present at one of his trainings
  • He has a Bible tattoo on his body
  • He still loves MU

Now, who is the highest paid footballer in the world and the richest one? We know it is Beckham, but there are many other names to call. Present day football has almost turned into show biz. People are earning fame as well as money there. Do you wish to know, who is the highest paid footballer in the world? Let us compare two lists of the richest and the most paid ones:

Top 5 richest footballers in the world

Top 5 highest paid footballers in the world

1. David Beckham
Net worth: 350 million dollars

1. Lionel Messi
Yearly earnings:  71 million dollars
Club: Barcelona  

2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Net worth: 300 million dollars

2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Yearly earnings:  59 million dollars

Club: Real Madrid

3. Lionel Messi

Net worth: 225 million dollars

3. Neymar

Yearly earnings:  40 million dollars

Club: Barcelona

4. Neymar
Net worth: 152 million dollars

4. Thiago Silva

Yearly earnings:  30 million dollars

Club: Paris Saint-Germaine

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Net worth: 118 million dollars

5. Robin van Persie

Yearly earnings:  28 million dollars

Club: Manchester United

Richest football club in the world – Top 5

Now let’s rank the richest football clubs to find our winner in this category:

manchester city club emblem 5. Manchester City

In 2015 this club gained two positions in the list of the richest soccer clubs and its net worth amounts to 1.4 billion dollars.

The annual income is 562 million dollars. It is an English club founded in 1880. In 1970 the FC has become the winner of the European Cup.

FC Bayern Munich4. FC Bayern Munich

Net worth of this club is 2.3 billion dollars. This is a comparably young club formed in 1990. 

Presently it is one of the top Germany soccer clubs. It has won 22 titles in its league. Annual income of the club amounts to 661 million dollars.

3. Manchester United

This year the net worth of the famous club reached 3.1 billion dollars and it rightfully remains occupying the 3rd position of the list (the same as the last year). 

The club was formed in 1878 with the initial name of Newton Health   LYR Football Club.

For a long time health component has fallen out of football, being replaced with money. In 1902 the FC was renamed into MU. It won 20 titles of its league and its annual income rises to stunning 700+ million dollars.

fc barcelona emblem 2. FC Barcelona

It beats the MU only by a trifle with the net worth of 3.17 billion dollars. The club was founded in 1899 by Hans Gamper. This team was the soccer pioneer in this part of Europe.

During the first 25 years of its existence it has won great popularity and has become integrated into the city’s image. Its annual income rises to 657 million dollars.

real madrid fc emblem 1. Real Madrid

Here is our winner – the richest FC club and no wonder that it has some of the richest players signed with it. Who is the richest footballer in the world? The second (Cristiano Ronaldo) surely plays for this club.

The FC was founded in 1895. It started small. They guys would get together to play a game on Sundays. The official start of Real Madrid was in 1902.

Annually this club makes 746 million dollars, which allows it to retain its number one position in the list of the richest soccer clubs of the world.

Popularity rise of the football game: 

Now, you may want to know, when did football become such a key game? Its history in Europe lasts for over a century. It had its ups and downs with some golden years right after the World War II. However, in sixties and seventies of the 20th century the game went down in popularity. It got fewer fans and its talents were barely appreciated.

The kick up happened in early 90ss. The key part in it played television, broadcasting games and being willing to pay some money for the rights. After the formation of the Premier League some big bucks (millions of pounds) came on scene and football quickly transformed from just a game into the top sports of the modernity. 

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That is why we have a chance to ask such questions, as who is the richest footballer in the world? And nowadays soccer players get on the lists of the most influential and richest people of the world. 

David Beckham's best goals collection: 


When I read the topic of this article, I did not know who is the richest footballer in the world, but I assume that it's David Beckham. The way it is, but I want to add that Beckham is the most successful footballer in the world, I believe, not only because he's an incredibly hard-working athlete, but he's the guy who constantly watched for its attractive appearance. Perhaps someone will challenge this, but beauty is a terrible force, and the world knows a number of outstanding players, scoring a lot of goals. But Beckham is not a striker! He did not win the world Cup, for example, but he was able to earn a lot of money at the expense of appearance. Handsome Cristiano Ronaldo is also understood, therefore, invested effort and money not only in the development of their skills but also appearance.

Answered 2 years ago.

Well I thought so. what are some of the wealthiest will take the leading lines of the players are Beckham and Ronaldo. Probably worth noting that they really play very good football professionals, but also the glory they got and its good looks among the millions of their fans. They removed many advertisements, they are invited to many programs, I'm speaking to the fact that not only the ability of football made the basis for their popularity, but due to its great popularity and they have become so rich, famous for their many paying advertisers that they advertised their product.

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