SLIMXCLUSIVE: Richest Top 20 Footballers in the World

 After Intensive research, the slimxclusive editorial team in conjunction with leading sport analysts finally release the top 20 richest footballers in the world list. 
We considered their net worth and sponsorship deals, also not forgetting amounts earned anually.
The list excludes notably Big names in the game like David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane etc as they are no longer active footballers.
The list is as follows; 

20 - John Terry $56m
     The Chelsea captain has been a first-team regular since 2000 and has been on his current annual salary of €8m for three years. While Terry has endorsed Umbro in the past, most of his off-field earnings come from property. Last year he made a €13.5m profit by selling his nine-bedroom mansion in Surrey to the Sultan of Oman’s top aide for €21m.

19 - Sergio Aguero   $58m
   The Argentina forward signed a new and improved contract at Manchester City last year worth €12.5m before bonuses. His endorsements are worth an additional €7m per year, with clients including Puma, Pepsi, Gillette, Hugo Boss, and PlayStation.

18 - Gerard Pique $58m
     The serial winner for Barcelona and Spain is just as successful off the pitch. He has been a model for Mango clothes, the face of FIFA 2012 in Spain for EA Sports and his company Kerad Games makes Golden Manager, a management simulation game. He is also a shareholder in Bas Alimentaria, a profitable Catalan natural meat company. If you add in the earnings of his wife Shakira, Pique would propel to number one in this list. As it is, he’s not doing too badly on his own.

17 - Francesco Totti $60m
     Twenty-three years in the Roma first team makes Totti the longest-serving one club man still playing today and his €5m annual contract, before bonuses, reflects that. The Italian, who has been an ambassador for Nike, Pepsi and Party Poker, has a sharp eye for business, with his company Numberten the umbrella for four other real estate companies he owns.

16 - Frank Ribery $61m 
     Ribery signed a new contract at Bayern Munich in 2013, just a few months before he finished third in the race for the Ballon D’Or. That increased his salary to €14m per year. With another €1m payable in Bayern bonuses, and a €1m annual deal with Nike, the French winger is among the highest-paid players in today’s game.

15 - Yaya Toure $62m 
     Toure spent three years at Barcelona before Manchester City made him the highest-paid Premier League player in 2010 on a €13.5m annual contract. Since then, Toure has won two league titles, four African Player of the Year awards, one Africa Cup of Nations and, in spring 2013, earned an improved contract to ward off interest from Paris Saint-Germain. His status in Africa also increases his value: he is a global ambassador for Puma and Nissan.

14 - Steven Gerrard $64m
     Liverpool's former England captain will earn €9m in his final year at Anfield before a lucrative switch to the Los Angeles Galaxy next season. He also has deals with Adidas, Lucozade and Jaguar, while his company Steven Gerrard has assets worth €5.4m. His two properties in Merseyside are valued at over €6m combined.

13 - Gigi Buffon $68m 
     Buffon has spent the last 13 years at Juventus, where he earns €6.5m per season. He also earned a €19.5m windfall in just a few months in 2013, with a smart investment in manufacturing company Zucchi coinciding with a 107 per cent increase in the share price. Endorsement deals with Pepsi, Puma (through the Italy team) and Fiat (via Juventus) have further boosted his coffers.

12 - Rio Ferdinand $72m 
     Ferdinand spent 10 years at Manchester United but it's his off-field pursuits that boost his worth: a music label called White Chalk, restaurants including Manchester’s popular Rosso, and #5 fashion label, which has been stocked in Selfridges. He is also an ambassador for Nike, BT Sport, Jaguar Academy of Sport, and has property in Cheshire, London and the Caribbean.

11 - Bastian Schweinsteiger $75m 
      The Germany midfielder has been earning €10m per year since 2012 at Bayern Munich. He is a global ambassador for Adidas and has a lucrative deal with Audi. Other endorsements include Right Guard, Funny-Frisch crisps, Nivea, and Beats by Dr. Dre. Winning the World Cup last summer, and replacing Philipp Lahm as Germany captain, increases his net worth.

10 - Frank Lampard $80m  
     Lampard is not on this list thanks to his series of football books for children, for which he earned less than £50,000. Instead, 13 years at Chelsea (and one at Manchester City) have brought in over €35m while his impressive property portfolio is worth the same. He made a €5m profit on selling his mansion in Esher, while his Chelsea townhouse is valued at over €13m. He also owned apartments in Docklands and Barcelona, and has represented Nike and Adidas.

The top 10  list would be released soon.....

                                                                                                     Compiled by
                                                                                      Samuel-Justin Nobaro Edijala


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