#7 Rivaldo – $74 Million
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.