Top 10 Richest Football/Soccer Players in the World
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The 10 wealthiest footballers in the world have been revealed by goal.com in their annual rich list.
David Beckham, currently plying his trade in France with PSG, remains the wealthiest of all with a staggering fortune of £175m.
He is followed by the world's two greatest players - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Among the top 10, only two from the Premier League feature.
Those included in goal.com's countdown include only active football players while the figures have been derived from their identifiable wealth. Goal.com attempts to measure only identifiable assets including salaries, length of contract, bonuses, endorsement and sponsorship deals, accounts filed at Companies House, properties and other business interests. Most of the player information has been sourced from public sources such as company accounts lodged in Companies House or international equivalents.
David Beckham has topped the list of the top 50 richest players in the world with a personal fortune of £175m.
The former England captain, who recently signed for Paris Saint-Germain and is donating his salary to a local children's charity, is followed by Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who is rated as the world's highest paid footballer, earning an estimated £100,000 a day.
The Goal Rich List 2013 puts the combined wealth of the top 50 players in the world at over £1.7bn, which is greater than the GDP of Liberia.
Keeping 37-year-old Beckham company in the Top 10 are fellow British players Wayne Rooney, who is seventh with a £50m fortune, and his Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand, who is 10th with a wealth of £42m.
The Premier League only represents two of the Top 10 players, with Spain's La Liga taking the lion's share of the top spots.
The Top 10 earners are:
1. David Beckham - £175m
2. Lionel Messi - £115.5m
3. Cristiano Ronaldo - £112m
4. Kaka - £66.5m
5. Ronaldinho - £63m
6. Samuel Eto'o - £52m
7. Wayne Rooney - £50m
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - £47m
9. Rivaldo - £45.5m
10. Rio Ferdinand - £42m
Goal compiled the list using identifiable wealth, including annual accounts submitted to Companies House, properties, salary details, bonuses and other business interests.
It estimates that Beckham earned £15m from his off-field commercial interests in 2012, which proved to be his most lucrative year yet.
The latest annual accounts submitted to Companies House for Beckham Ventures Ltd for the year up to December 31, 2011, reported assets worth £4.7m.
The company is shared between Beckham, his wife Victoria, 38, who is now a successful fashion designer, and their manager Simon Fuller.
Another company is Beckham Brand Ltd. As of December 31, 2011, the company reported assets worth £5.4m.
Here we take a look at the five footballers with the largest personal fortunes.
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