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The world’s top five richest footballers in 2021

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Football is one of the most popular sports in the world and like any other sports, it has its superstars. With more than four billion fans across the world, the industry’s most prominent athletes are known to be extremely well-paid.

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Here’s a look at the top five richest football players in the world.

5. Paul Pogba: Net Worth $200 million

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Group F - Portugal v France - Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary - June 23, 2021 France's Paul Pogba applauds the fans after the match. (Reuters)
Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Group F - Portugal v France - Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary - June 23, 2021 France's Paul Pogba applauds the fans after the match. (Reuters)

French footballer Paul Pogba who plays for Premier League club Manchester United has a net worth of around $200 million, according to sports news media Goal.

The 28-year-old, who also plays for the French national team, was formerly a Juventus FC player.

With a weekly salary of around $25 million and endorsements almost $4.5 million, Pogba is one of England’s richest footballers.

4. Gareth Bale: Net Worth $250 million

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - December 22, 2019 Real Madrid's Gareth Bale. (Reuters)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - December 22, 2019 Real Madrid's Gareth Bale. (Reuters)

Gareth Bale, who currently plays for Real Madrid, has a net worth of $250 million, according to Goal.

Previously a player for England’s Tottenham Hotspur, the 32-year-old Welsh athlete earns most of his wealth from endorsement deals and investments.

His sponsorship deals alone are worth $6 million.

3. Neymar Jr.: Net worth $188 million

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Brest v Paris St Germain - Stade Francis-Le Ble, Brest, France - May 23, 2021 Paris St Germain's Neymar. (Reuters)
Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Brest v Paris St Germain - Stade Francis-Le Ble, Brest, France - May 23, 2021 Paris St Germain's Neymar. (Reuters)

Neymar Jr. plays for French football club Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

The 29-year-old Brazilian’s net worth is around $188 million as of 2021, according to Sports Virsa, and is one of the most followed footballers on social media.

2. Lionel Messi: Net worth $400 million

Soccer Football - Lionel Messi holds an FC Barcelona press conference - 1899 Auditorium, Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - August 8, 2021 Lionel Messi during the press conference (Reuters)
Soccer Football - Lionel Messi holds an FC Barcelona press conference - 1899 Auditorium, Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - August 8, 2021 Lionel Messi during the press conference (Reuters)

Argentine professional football player Lionel Messi has a net worth of around $400 million.

The 33-year-old played for FC Barcelona for several years before officially leaving the club on Sunday. He is by far one of the industry’s most successful players and one of history’s most talented footballers.

After Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi was the world’s second billionaire footballer in history, according to Forbes.

Messi is the third-richest football player in the world and has some of the most expensive deals with high-paying sports brands.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo: Net worth $500 million

Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Napoli - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - April 7, 2021 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after the match (File photo: Reuters)
Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Napoli - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - April 7, 2021 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after the match (File photo: Reuters)

Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably one of the football industry’s most well-known athletes, has a net worth of $500 million, according to Sports Virsa.

Originally from Portugal, Ronaldo plays for Italy’s Juventus football club.

As of 2021, the 36-year-old is the richest football player in the world and the first-ever footballer to become a billionaire, according to Forbes.

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