The List which is topped by David Beckham who joined PSG in january with about £175m, and closely followed by the world’s best footballer Lionel Messi with £115.5m, former Ballon’d or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is in the 3rd position with £112m. The List puts the combined wealth of the top 50 players in the world at over £1.7bn.

The list made up of 15 footballers currently playing in the English Premier league, 6 footballers from the Spanish La Liga and 7 players from the Italian seria a.

Four African footballers also feature in the list, with Cameroon and F.C. Anzhi Makhachkala striker being the richest in Africa and 6th in the world with £52m.

There is no Nigerian in the top 50 richest players in the World


50. Alessandro Nesta (Montreal Impact) – £16m

49. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – £16.5m

48. Michael Essien (Real Madrid – loan) – £16.5m

47. Shunsuke Nakamura (Yokohama F Marinos) – £17m

46. Ashley Cole (Chelsea) -£17m

45. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) – £17m

44. Xavi (Barcelona) – £17.5m

43. David Trezeguet (River Plate) – £17.5m

42. Clarence Seedorf (Botafogo) – £18m

41. Daniele De Rossi (Roma) – £18m

40. Park Ji-Sung (QPR) – £18m

39. Damien Duff (Fulham)- £18.5m

38. Paul Scholes (Manchester United) – £19m

37. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)- £19.5m

36. Joe Cole (West Ham United) – £19.5m

35. Bastian Schweinsteiger(­Bayern Munich) – £20m

34. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)- £20m

33. Neymar (Santos) – £20m

32. Petr Cech (Chelsea) – £20m

31. Francesco Totti (Roma) – £20.5m

30. Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) – £20.5m

29. Miroslav Klose (Lazio) – £20.5m

28. Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC) – £21m

27. Nicolas Anelka (Juventus – loan) – £21.5m

26. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) – £22m

25. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) – £25m

24. Didier Drogba (Galatasaray) – £25m

23. John Terry (Chelsea) – £27.5m

22. Franck Ribery (BayernMunich) – £29m

21. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) – £30m

20. Robinho (AC Milan) – £31m

19. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) – £32m

18. Robbie Fowler (Unattached) – £32.5m

17. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – £33m

16. Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) – £34.5m

15. Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) – £35.5m

14. David Villa (Barcelona) – £37m

13. Raul (Al Sadd) – £38m

12. Michael Owen (Stoke City) – £40.5m

11. Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls) – £41m

10. Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) – £42m

9. Rivaldo (Sao Caetano) -£45.5m

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)- £47m

7. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – £50m

6. Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi Makhachkala) – £52m

5. Ronaldinho (Atletico Mineiro) – £63m

4. Kaka (Real Madrid) – £66.5m

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (RealMadrid) -£112m

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £115.5m

1. David Beckham (PSG) – £175m

The List looks at the net worth of active footballers, taking salary, endorsements and assets along with outside business interests into consideration.

By Haba Naija Admin

Temi Odurinde worked in domain name registration and web hosting industry for many years before becoming a web entrepreneur. He is passionate about web and mobile technologies. Temi contribute mainly to Haba Naija Internet and Technology sections. He has a BSc in Computing and Psychology, a postgraduate degree in Internet Technologies. Outside work, he love Oral Storytelling, long distance running and playing Volleyball.