Top 20 Richest Footballers in the World in 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham are currently the top richest footballers in the world, ahead of Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain.
Beckham, who retired from sports in 2013, rose to prominence throughout his illustrious career as a player for Manchester United and England.
The 46-year-old United icon is currently the co-owner and president of MLS club Inter Miami, as well as a co-owner of Salford City.
Beckham has also benefited from lucrative endorsement partnerships with Adidas, Giorgio Armani, Pepsi, Gillette, and the Haig Club.
In addition, the former England captain was paid £150 million to be the face of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Using net worth estimations, Wealthy Gorilla collated data from TheRichest, Celebrity Net Worth, and Forbes to determine the top 20 richest footballers, past and present.
In the star-studded list, Beckham’s eye-watering $450 million net worth put him alongside United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
After signing a hefty £485,000-a-week contract with United last summer, Ronaldo is reputedly the highest-paid player in the Premier League.
Like Beckham, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has profited from lucrative sponsorship partnerships with Nike, DAZN, Herbalife, and Clear.
Outside of sports, Ronaldo, 36, has his own fashion line and fragrances, as well as his CR7 scents.
The top 20 richest footballers in the world in 2022, Wealthy Gorilla.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United): $450m
2. David Beckham (retired): $450m
3. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain): $400m
4. Dave Whelan (retired): $220m
5. Alexandre Pato (Orlando City): $145m
6. Wayne Rooney (retired): $145m
7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): $125m
8. Francesco Totti (retired): $101.6m
9. Pele (retired): $100m
10. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid): $100m
11. Kaka (retired): $95m
12. Samuel Eto’o (retired): $95m
13. Didier Drogba (retired): $90m
14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan): $90m
15. Ronaldinho (retired): $90m
16. Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe): $86m
17. Sergio Ramos (Paris Saint-Germain): $80m
18. Arjen Robben (retired): $80m
19. Willian (Corinthians): $75m
20. Rio Ferdinand (retired): $75m