#3 Ronaldo Lima – $150 Million
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.