The world’s most popular sport football soccer is much more serious than ever. There are more than 3.5 billion football fans worldwide. For many of them, football is not just a game, it is a religion. Top professional football players are earning more than other pro-athletes. The wealthiest soccer players are all playing in Europe. Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France are ranked as being the greatest league on Earth. All of them are competitive enough that they consistently capture the best talent. Premier League footballers earn an average of £2.3 million a year each, making it the best paying league in the world.
Here are the 20 richest football players and the women behind each of them.
John Terry – Net Worth: €56 Million ($61 million)
English professional football player John Terry’s contribution to the English national team and Chelsea has been immense. He is the captain of Chelsea. He was the captain of the English national team between August 2006 and February 2010.
Toni is the mother of twins, Georgie John and Summer Rose, born on 18 May 2006 in Westminster, London. John Terry celebrated their birth when scoring for England against Hungary, when he performed a baby-rocking celebration. The couple married at Blenheim Palace on 15 June 2007. In 2009, Terry was named “Dad of the Year” after he came top of a poll of UK adults in a Daddies Sauce survey.
Frank Lampard – Net Worth: €80 Million ($87 million)
English professional football player Frank Lampard plays for Manchester City. He was with Chelsea for 13 years and is the club’s all-time leading goal scorer. He is one of the best midfielders of his generation.
Christine Louise Lampard, born 2 February 1979, is a Northern Irish broadcaster, best known for her television work with the BBC and ITV.
She has presented various shows with Adrian Chiles such as The One Show (2007–2010) and Daybreak (2010–2011) and more recently Dancing on Ice (2012–2014) and This Morning (2013–2015) with Phillip Schofield. More recently, Bleakley has presented factual series for ITV including Off The Beaten Track (2013) and Wild Ireland (2015).
Sergio Aguero – Net Worth: €58 Million ($63 million)
This Argentine professional footballer plays for the Argentina national team and Manchester City. He scored what many people call the most famous goal in the history of the club on the final day of the 2012-13 campaign. That goal secured the title for Manchester City.
Agüero was married to Giannina Maradona, the youngest daughter of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona. On 19 February 2009, Giannina gave birth to their son, Benjamín, in Madrid. Diego Maradona was there for the birth of his first grandson, while Agüero, then 20, missed Atlético’s training session earlier in the day. Atlético offered their congratulations in a statement on their official website. Agüero and Giannina separated in 2012 after four years together.
Ronaldinho – Net Worth: €83 ($90.5 million)
Brazilian legend Ronaldinho plays for Mexican club Queretaro. He won FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. He has played 97 matches and scored 33 goals.
Janaina Mendes and Ronaldinho have a son together. She works on a Brazilian television show.
Raul – Net Worth: €85 Million ($93 million)
Raúl, born 27 June 1977, is a retired Spanish footballer who played as a striker. Raúl was born in the San Cristóbal de los Ángeles neighborhood of Madrid where he played for the local youth team before moving to the Atlético Madrid youth team. He later moved to Real Madrid’s youth academy and played at its various levels. In 1994, he signed his first professional contract with the fourth division team Real Madrid C and then was swiftly promoted to the first division team.
Mamen Sanz married Raul in 1999. Together, they have four sons and a daughter together.
Gerard Pique – Net Worth: €58 Million ($63 million)
Gerard Pique is an immensely talented Spanish professional footballer who plays as a center-back for Spain national football team and FC Barcelona. This champion has hoisted club trophies worldwide. He is one of the four players to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams.
Since early 2010, Piqué has been in a relationship with Colombian singer Shakira. They met when he appeared in the music video for her single “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Piqué and Shakira share the same birthday but she is 10 years his senior. The couple have two sons, Milan and Sasha.
Samuel Eto’o – Net Worth: €87 Million ($95 million)
This Cameroonian football player plays for Sampdoria as a striker. He is the most successful and decorated African footballer of all time. He has netted massive contracts throughout his career. Eto’o was in fact once the highest-paid player in the world during his spell with Anzhi Makhachkala where he earned €20 million ($25 million) a year after taxes.
Gerogette married her longtime sweetheart on 6 July 2007. Georgette is the mother of Siena and Lynn, who both live with her in Paris.
Francesco Totti – Net Worth: €60 Million ($65.5 million)
Italian football player Francesco Totti is the captain of Serie A club Roma. He has been with the club for the last 23 years and has created many wonderful moments for his fans. He also operates a real estate business.
Ilary Blasi (born 28 April 1981) is an Italian showgirl, model, television personality, and former child actress. Blasi married the World Cup-winning football player Francesco Totti on 19 June 2005; they have a son, Cristian (born on 6 November 2005), and two daughters, Chanel (born on 13 May 2007) and Isabel (born on 10 March 2016).
Kaka – Net Worth: €96 Million ($105 million)
Brazilian professional football player Kaka is an attacking midfielder, currently playing for American Major League Soccer club Orlando City. Kaka made most of his money while playing for Real Madrid. He is the highest-paid soccer player ever in the United States with a guaranteed salary of $7.2 million per year.
Caroline Celico, born July 26, 1987 in São Paulo, Brazil, is a Brazilian socialite, singer and former Evangelical pastor at the Reborn in Christ Church, which she left in 2010. Celico married football player Kaká in 2005. In 2015, Kaká and Celico announced their divorce via social media.
Franck Ribery – Net Worth: €61 Million ($66.5 million)
Franck Ribéry is a French professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich. He is a former France national team player. He primarily plays as a winger, preferably on the left side although being right-footed, and is known for pace, energy, skill and precise passing. Ribéry is described as a player who is fast, tricky and an excellent dribbler, who has great control with the ball at his feet. Since joining Bayern, he has been recognised on the world stage as one of the best French players of his generation. The previous talisman of the French national team, Zinedine Zidane, has called Ribéry the “jewel of French football”.
Wahiba Ribery is from Paris, she went to the Toronto French School and attended the University of French Polynesia. The couple has 3 children; daughter Hizya born in 2005 is 8 years old, daughter Shaninez in January 2008 is now 5 years old and son Seif born in September 2011 is only 19 months old.
Wayne Rooney – Net Worth: €103 Million ($112 million)
Wayne Rooney is a talented and famous English professional football player. He is the captain of the English national team and the Manchester United club. He spent two seasons at the Merseyside club and moved to Manchester United for ₤25.6 million in 2004. He also earns by endorsing reputed brands like Chevrolet.
Coleen Mary Rooney, born 3 April 1986, is an English television presenter, columnist and product endorser. Wayne and Coleen met at secondary school. Together, they have 3 children.
Yaya Toure – Net Worth: €62 Million ($67.6 million)
This talented midfielder and the current African Player of the Year plays for the Ivory Coast national team and Manchester City. He is the on-field heart and soul of the club. He was voted African footballer of the year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is one of Africa’s most successful players in Europe of all time.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Net Worth: €105 Million ($114 million)
This Swedish professional football player is an internet sensation. He is the captain of the Swedish national team. He also plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain. In 2006 he completed a €24.8 million move to Internazionale by signing a four-year deal.
Helena Seger is a longtime successful model. The couple have two sons together.
Steven Gerrard – Net Worth: €64 Million ($70 million)
English football player Steven Gerrard’s honors include three League Cups, two FA Cups, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Champions League and two UEFA Super Cups. According to some people, he is the most respected player in all of the English Premier League.
Alexandra “Alex” Gerrard is an English model, fashion columnist for theDaily Mirror, and the wife of former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard. She is described as a leading “WAG” of the England national football team, along with women such as Victoria Beckham and Coleen Rooney. In 2007, the Times referred to her, then Steven Gerrard’s fiancée, as an “über-WAG”. On 29 October 2007, she launched her own fragrance, named “Alex”, which was one of the top sellers of 2007.
Neymar – Net Worth: €135 Million ($148 million)
Neymar is the captain of the Brazil national team. He plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona. He has scored 43 goals in 62 matches for Brazil. SportsPro named him the most marketable athlete in the world in the years 2012 and 2013. In 2014 alone he earned $33.6 million, according to Forbes. His move to Barca was worth €57.1 million making it the 15th most expensive football transfer of all time. The striker will make $74 million in salary over five years; $13 million of which is a signing bonus.
Carolina Dantas is Neymar’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his son David Lucca. She is a beautiful young lady who had a child from Neymar at the age of 17, when Neymar had 19 years old and was playing for Santos.
Gigi Buffon – Net Worth: €66 Million ($72 million)
Italian goalkeeper Gigi Buffon is the captain of Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team. He holds the record for most appearances for Italy and is considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. He is the most expensive goalkeeper of all time following his ₤32.6 million transfer from Parma to Juventus in 2001.
Alena Seredova is a Czech model and actress currently living and working in Italy.
Alena was married to Italian national football goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. They have a son named Louis Thomas Buffon, who was born on 28 December 2007. Their second son, David Lee was born on 1 November 2009, in Milano, Italy. Alena co-owns the Italian clothing-line Baci e Abbracci together with Buffon’s former national teammate, Christian Vieri.
Gigi and Alena divorced in 2014.
Lionel Messi – Net Worth: €200 Million ($218 million)
Lionel Messi is a true football legend. This Argentine football player plays for Argentina national team and FC Barcelona. He is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or. As per Forbes’ 2014 list, Messi earned a total of $65 million within 12 months. He is one of football’s biggest endorsers of all-time.
Antonella and Lionel have known each other since he was five years old. She is the mother of two of their children.
Rio Ferdinand – Net Worth: €72 Million ($78.5 million)
Rio Gavin Ferdinand is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre-back. He played 81 times for the England national football team between 1997 and 2011, and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. He is regarded by many to be one of England’s greatest ever players and he is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time.
In 2006 in Manchester, Ferdinand’s girlfriend Rebecca Ellison gave birth to their first son. The couple had two more children. In 2010, Ferdinand unsuccessfully sued the Sunday Mirror to prevent the publication of a story about an alleged affair with Carly Storey. During the case, it was alleged that then-England captain Ferdinand had affairs with 10 different women.
Rebecca, who married Ferdinand in 2009, died of breast cancer on 2 May 2015, aged 34.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Net Worth: €210 Million ($230 million)
Ronaldo’s Real Madrid contract earns him more than €18 million per year. In 2014 he featured on Forbes list with total earnings of $80 million, which he made between 2013- 14. He is the captain of the Portugal national team. He became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth €94 million. He also makes money by endorsing famous brands like Motorola, Tag Heuer and Nike.
Paula Suarez is a Colombian model. The pair met at a club in Ibiza.
Bastian Schweinsteiger – Net Worth: €75 Million ($82 million)
Bastian Schweinsteiger, born 1 August 1984 is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Manchester United and the Germany national team. A right-footed player, he usually plays as central midfielder. Earlier in his career, he primarily played as a wide midfielder. On 2 September 2014, Schweinsteiger was named captain of the national team following Philipp Lahm’s international retirement.
Ana Ivanovic, born 6 November 1987 is a Serbian professional tennis player who as of February 22, 2016 is ranked No. 16 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association. Ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008, she beat Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open, was the runner-up at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open. She has also qualified for the annual WTA Tour Championships three times, in 2007, 2008 and 2014 and has won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions twice, in 2010 and 2011.
Bastian and Ana were married in 2016.