10. John Terry – Aston Villa
John George Terry was born on 7 December 1980 in Barking, London. He is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains Championship club Aston Villa. He commonly plays as a centre-back. He was previously captain of Chelsea and the England national team. On 3 July 2017, Terry signed a one-year contract with Championship club Aston Villa on a £4 million ($5 million) per year deal. He was appointed as the captain for the 2017–18 season.
NET WORTH: £39 million ($50 million)
9. Sergio Agüero – Manchester City
Sergio Leonel was born on 2 June 1988 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentina national team. He is the richest Football player in the world, Sergio Agüero is paid $18 million a year by Manchester City but earns even more $18 million from his sponsors, Puma and Pepsi.
NET WORTH: £40 million ($51 million)
8. Yaya Touré – Manchester City
Gnégnéri Yaya Touré was born on 13 May 1983 in Bouaké, Ivory Coast. He is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City. He also played for and captained the Ivory Coast national team. Touré earned 100 caps for the Ivory Coast from 2004 to 2015, representing the nation at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments. On 20 September 2016, Touré announced his retirement from international football. He was earning £10.4 million ($13.3 million) a year making him of the richest footballers in the world.
NET WORTH: £43 million ($55 million)
7. Neymar – Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior was born on 5 February 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. Neymar secured the biggest football transfer of all time when he left FC Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain this month. The deal netted him a £26 million per year contract but He also receives a salary from his sponsors Nike, Panasonic, Gilette, Claro, and Red Bull.
NET WORTH: £49 million ($63 million)
6. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid
Gareth Frank Bale was born on 16 July 1989 in wales. He is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Bale has received plaudits from his peers, who have described him as a footballer with “tremendous speed, great crossing ability. Real Madrid pays Gareth Bale £18.2 million ($23.4 million) a year and His sponsorship agreements with Adidas, Electronic Arts, Sony, and Footlocker are worth £9 million ($11.5 million) a year.
NET WORTH: £56 million ($72 million)
5. Eden Hazard – Chelsea FC
Eden Michael Hazard was born on 7 January 1991 in La Louvière, Belgium. He is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for English club Chelsea and the Belgium national team. He is one of the richest football player in the world. He has been described as “a superb passer” and has earned critical acclaim for his playing style. Hazard is often ranked by coaches, colleagues, and commentators as one of the best players in the world. According to Forbes Eden Hazard earns £12.4 million ($16 million) per year at Chelsea and is also sponsored by Nike.
NET WORTH: £77 million ($100 million)
4. Wayne Rooney – Everton
Wayne Mark Rooney was born on 24 October 1985 in liverpool, England. He is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Everton. Along with Michael Carrick, he is the only English player to win the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, League Cup, UEFA Europa League and FIFA Club World Cup. Wayne Rooney left Manchester United as the club’s leading goalscorer of all time. He took a 50% pay cut to join Everton, which reportedly pays him £7.8 million per year.
NET WORTH: £93 million ($120 million)
3. Zlatan Ibrahimović – free agent
Zlatan Ibrahimović was born on 3 October 1981 in Malmö, Sweden. He is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Manchester United. He is currently the second-most decorated active footballer in the world, having won 32 trophies in his career. Zlatan Ibrahimović’s one year contract at Manchester United expired in the summer. Regardless, he has a lucrative Nike contract and even patented his own name in Sweden.
NET WORTH: £110 million ($141 million)
2. Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. He is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and regarded by many as the greatest of all time. According to Goal.com, Lionel Messi earns £26 million a year / $33.4 million from his lastest contract renewal with Barcelona. He also makes £21 million / $27 million a year from sponsorship agreements with Adidas, Pepsi, Gillette, and Turkish Airlines.
NET WORTH: £230 million ($295 million)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH, ComM is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. According to Goal.com, Cristiano Ronaldo is paid £19 million / $24.4 million a year. Though Ronaldo gets paid £5 million less than Messi, he has far more sponsors like Nike, Tag Heuer, and Armani. He also has his own CR7 brand which sells aftershave and clothes.
NET WORTH: £250 million ($321.5 million)