What is football? A game of passion and skill. And about the players? Yes, the players!!! They are less a player and more a rockstar. We adore them, awe them, respect them and pay a lot to make them filthy rich. Isn’t it? Because of the popularity of this super fast game, soccer players are paid highly. But what makes us surprise about their income? Is it their only salary from soccer which makes them so rich? Now, for this, we have to peep into their lives. Let’s see world’s five richest soccer players with their assets!
According to FORBES, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest earning soccer player among the soccer players of the planet, followed by Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Wayne Rooney, and Ricardo Kaka.
CRISTIANO RONALDO – (€148 MILLION)
He is a forward in the PORTUGUESE NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM and also in the SPANISH LIGA BBVA CLUB, REAL MADRID FC. His net worth till now is € 148 million which is equivalent to £ 122 million. He signed a contract with REAL MADRID in September 2013 which paid him a whooping amount of € 17 million which is equivalent to £ 14.3 million yearly salary. The contract makes him stay in that club until 2018.
Income from endorsement: He had an endorsement contract with NIKE in 2010 which paid him € 6 million (£ 5 million) per year. His other endorsements are ARMANI, CASTROL EDGE, JACOB &CO, HERBALIFE, BANCO ESPIRITO SANTO and KFC.
Property: He has a huge property which includes 8600 square feet mansion in MADRID, SPAIN and Alderley Edge Mansion in CHESHIRE, ENGLAND. He has a collection of luxury cars like BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC, FERRARI 599 GTB FIORANO, LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR , KOENIGSEGG CCX, AND many more. Ronaldo also has launched his own CR7 underwear in 2013 and he also maintains a CR7 brand. He has opened his own museum at Madeira.
LIONEL MESSI – (€ 146 MILLION)
Lionel Messi plays as a forward in the ARGENTINE NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM and also in the SPANISH LIGA BBVA CLUB BARCELONA FC. His net worth till now is €146 million which is equivalent to £120.5 million. He has signed a contract with BARCELONA which pays him €20 million which is equivalent to £15.7 million yearly salary. The contract makes him stay in that club until 2019.
Income from endorsement: He has signed an endorsement contract worth € 2 million (£1.6 million) per year with the ADIDAS .His other endorsements are TURKISH AIRLINES , EA SPORTS, SAMSUNG’S GALAXY 11, GARTORADE and GILLETTE.
Property: Messi has a collection of property which includes the CATA LAN CITY MANSION in Madrid,Spain and ROSARIO MANSION in Ar gentian. His collection of luxury cars includes DODGE CHARGER SRT8, AUDI Q7, FERRARI F430 SPIDER, AUDI R8, 2009 MASERATI and many more. Messi becomes the second player after David Beckhem who has his own signature range of sportswear.
SAMUEL ETO’O – (€85 MILLION)
Samuel Eto’o plays as a striker in the CAMEROONIAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM and also in the ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB EVERTON. His net worth till now €85 million which is equivalent to £70 million.He signed a contract with ANZHI MAKHACHKALA FC in 2011 which paid him €20 million (£16.5million) yearly salary.
Income from endorsement: His endorsement contract with PUMA paid him €5 million per year (£4 million).His other endorsements are FORD and FASHION LABEL JOHN RICHMOND.
Property: His huge property includes the House in Moscow, Russia and DOUALA MANSION in the capital of Cameroon’s Littoral Region. His collection luxury cars are BUGATTI VEYRON, MAYBACH XENATEC, ASTON MARTIN ONE—77, ASTON MARTIN V12 ZAGATO and many more. In 2009 he was in the headlines when he bought a watch whose price was €33.000 with his team mates after being qualified for the world cup.
WAYNE ROONEY – (€84 MILLION)
Wayne Rooney plays as a forward in ENGLISH FOOTBALL TEAM and also in the ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB MANCHESTER UNITED. His net worth till now is €84 million which is equivalent to £69 million. He entered a contract with MANCHESTER UNITED which pays him €365.000 (£300.000) weekly salary. The contract makes him stay in that club until 2019.
Income from endorsement: His contract with the NIKE paid him €4 million per year. His other endorsements are SAMSUNG and HARPER COLLINS.
Property: He has a collection of property which includes the CHESHIRE MANSION in Cheshire, England. We can make a list of his luxury cars like BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC, RANGE ROVER OVERFINCH, LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO SPYDER, ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH and many more.
RICARDO KAKA – (€82 MILLION)
31 years old Kaka plays an attacking midfielder in the BRAZILIAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM and also in the MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER FRANCHISE ORLANDO CITY. His net worth till now is €82 million (£67.5 million).He has signed a contract which paid him €6 million, with AC MILAN from Real Madrid CF in September 2013.
Income from endorsement: He has also signed a seven year modeling association worth $5.5 million per year with the ARMANI. His other endorsements are ADIDAS, EA SPORTS, and SONY.
Property: He has a huge collection of property which includes 1500 square feet mansion in Madrid, Spain valued at 7 million Euros. His collection of luxury cars includes AUDI Q7, HYUNDAI SANTA FE 2014 edition, AUDI RS6 SPORTSBACK and many more.
Football is considered as one of the most watched game in the world and these football players are counted among the highest paid athletes in the world. But there is a lingering curiosity. Why so much of hype for only these few players? There are other talented players who are plying in an excellent form and skill for a long period. But they remain always under the shadow. Is it the personal charisma or the skill of the players or just a business trick for its viewers?