7 Richest Retired Footballers In The World

#7. Rivaldo – $74 Million Net Worth



Former Brazilian great Rivaldo was an advertiser’s dream, landing many lucrative sponsorships throughout his amazing playing career. He earned massive wages as the leading player of Barcelona in the early 2000’s. Unlike fellow professionals such as Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, Rivaldo did not waste his post retirement days through hardcore partying and remained smart with his investments and continues to be a massive figure in Brazilian football. His earnings of $74 million suggest he should be a role model for fellow retired footballers.

#6. Rio Ferdinand – $75 Million Net Worth



Once the most expensive defender in the world, Rio Ferdinand was a brilliant center back who completed a very successful playing career at Manchester United. Being outspoken and English, he was one of the first choices for many advertising companies who offered him several sponsorship bonuses. Post retirement, Ferdinand is now a respected pundit for BT Sport and his total earnings have touched the $75 million mark. Ferdinand is also still active with various sporting companies due to his popularity and is one of the highest paid celebs in the country for promotional purposes.

#5. Raul – $85 Million Net Worth



Legendary Real Madrid forward Raul remains one of the most well liked Spanish footballers in history. Breaking many scoring records with one of the most successful clubs in the game, Raul enjoyed a long and prosperous career in Madrid. He was the sole poster boy for Spanish football for many years and enjoyed a sort of monopoly over multi-million dollar sponsorship deals, taking his accumulated wealth to $85 million. PREVIEW FOR #4: The ever-smiling Brazilian legend was one of the most marketable athletes in the world during his prime. His show-boating style of play gained millions of fans across the globe and he became the face of Nike’s ‘Joga Bonito’(The beautiful game) campaign. His wages at Barcelona were the highest the club had ever paid to any individual, and after hanging up his boots in European Football, Ronaldinho now travels all across the world to play in different leagues for a massive pay packet, with his wealth nearly touching the $100 million mark.

#4. Ronaldinho – $90 Million Net Worth



The ever-smiling Brazilian legend was one of the most marketable athletes in the world during his prime. His show-boating style of play gained millions of fans across the globe and he became the face of Nike’s ‘Joga Bonito’(The beautiful game) campaign. His wages at Barcelona were the highest the club had ever paid to any individual, and after hanging up his boots in European Football, Ronaldinho now travels all across the world to play in different leagues for a massive pay packet, with his wealth nearly touching the $100 million mark.

#3. Ronaldo Lima – $150 Million Net Worth



El fenomeno, as he was affectionately known as, lit up the world of football between 1996 to 2005. No other striker came close to the Brazilian’s brilliance on the ball and his dominant displays earned him a massive global fan following. He was the first global superstar to be offered a $50 million sponsorship contract by sportswear giants Nike, and also demanded incredible wages at every top club he played for. He is still one of the biggest names in Brazil and is revered by millions of fans. His net worth of $150 million is testament to his popularity as well as brilliance with the ball.

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