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Top 5 Footballers with highest net worth (2023 edition)

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi
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The richest footballers in the world often have other income streams beside their massive salaries.

Football is a game that not only excites people on the field but also off it, where it has a vast and profitable market.

Many footballers have been able to earn massive fortunes through their on-field exploits, endorsements, and investments. In this article, we will be discussing the top five footballers with the highest net worth.

5- David Beckham (£371m)

The former England captain is a footballing icon who played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, and PSG, among others. Beckham is not only known for his exceptional skills on the field but also for his fashion sense and entrepreneurship. He has several business ventures, including a football academy, a fragrance line, and a stake in the esports team, Guild Esports.

4- Cristiano Ronaldo (£412m)

Ronaldo is a household name in football, who has had a glittering career playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and currently at Manchester United. His net worth is attributed to his salary as a footballer, endorsements with companies like Nike, Tag Heuer, and Herbalife, and his CR7 brand, which includes clothing, footwear, and fragrances.

3- Lionel Messi (£511million)

Messi is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, who has spent his club career at Barcelona and PSG. The Argentine superstar has won numerous accolades, including seven Ballon d’Or awards, and is known for his dribbling skills and goalscoring prowess. His net worth is boosted by his massive salary at PSG, endorsement deals with Adidas, Pepsi, and Mastercard, and his fashion line, Messi Brand.

2- Mathieu Flamini (£8.25bn)

The French midfielder may not have achieved the same level of success as the other players on this list, but his net worth is undoubtedly impressive. Flamini co-founded GF Biochemicals, a company that specializes in developing sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based products, which is valued at over £20bn. His stake in the company has made him one of the richest footballers in the world.

1- Faiq Bolkiah (£16.5billion)

Bolkiah may not be a household name in football, but his net worth makes him the richest footballer in the world. The Bruneian forward plays for Chonburi FC in Thailand and is also a member of the Brunei royal family. His wealth comes from his family’s vast oil and gas business, which has an estimated net worth of over £15 trillion.