Football is the most popular sport which is played worldwide. It is such a thrilling game which is packed with action. Players shouldn’t just be physically strong and fit, but they should also be furious and flexible. We have compiled the most popular and top players in the football world these days. These are the most valuable footballers listed here by considering the current market value, sponsorship revenue, earning potential in future, and marketability in the long run.
10. Mario Goetze – Borussia Dortmund
He is a young and dynamic footballer who has great potential and skills in attacking mode. He has risen with world stratus within very less time since he debuted for Borussia Dortmund. Recently, he has become the most expensive German footballer of all time with his attractive move for £31 million to Bayern Munich, rivals of Dortmund. It is a great financial move to the Bondesliga champions. He will definitely set the stardom in the most popular football club of the nation for several years to come.
9. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
This Argentine footballer has been established among the leading strikers in football world. He has made to huge financial moves in his career till date at the age of 24 years. His ability on the pitch and his off-the-pitch fame and marketability will definitely make a lucrative investment for hiring him.
As a teenager, he initially joined Atletico Madrid for £19 million and his performance attracted the deal from Manchester City which paid £38 million to play for them. It was the record signing for the team. He played in the Premier League to enhance his reputation and scored 23 goals in the first season itself. He made title-winning goal on the final day against Queens Park Rangers.
8. Gareth Bale – Tottenham
The growth of Gareth Bale was literally phenomenal over the past few years. Starting as something for the club, he is one of the best footballers in the world now. This season, he scored 21 goals in Premier League and crowned as double player of the year by both Football Writers’ Association and Professional Footballers’ Association. He is being signed by Real Madrid as another “Galactico”. He can win games with the magic from nowhere and he became one of the most valuable players on the pitch for winning points.
7. Andres Iniesta – Barcelona
He is a 29 years old footballer who is definitely one of the leading names in football history. He achieved success over the years with Spanish and Barcelona teams. He arguably scored the best goal in the World Cup 2010 final against the Netherlands. He came up through the popular La Masia system of Barcelona. His market value is supposed to be around £61 million by considering his influence, ability, and marketability. Currently, he earns up to £4 million every year, along with some extra money from his deals with Kalise, an ice cream brand.
6. Radamel Falcao – Atletico Madrid
He is really a great player who scored a lot of goals from various positions and will improve only when he has service from better players who sign him. For the Spanish side, the Colombian has great record for 40 appearances and 34 goals in all competitions. The 27 years old footballer has shown his performance on the high profile games like scoring against Barcelona and Real Madrid and Super Cup winning against Chelsea. He also joined Altetico Madrid for £34 million in 2011 along with add-ons. He will definitely move for around £60 million. He is all set to become one of the top paid players in the world.
5. Edinson Cavani – Napoli
He is a most demanded Napoli striker who is all set to be one of the leading transfer stories for making the large financial move to any player of Chelsea, Manchester City, or Real Madrid. The 26 years old footballer has become the star of the series. He is one of the most lethal goal scorers in the world over the past couple of years. Currently, he earns up to £3.8 million every year and he will definitely rise when he makes the move to a larger club.
4. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
He has lifted the honor and prestige of English football spirit followed by David Backham. He has been ruling the hearts of millions for past several years. He is among the top paid players in the world for earning up to £15 million per year in Manchester United and he has sponsorships with leading names like Nokia, Nike, Coca Cola, Ford, and Asda, along with appearance on the front cover of all the FIFA video games since the year 2005.
He is known to have great marketability to become very valuable player. He is supposed to move for £30 million and he will worth around £57 million and he is going be a great business boost for the club he is going to sign because of several shirts he is going to endorse.
3. Neymar – Santos
Neymar is known to be a rising star of the future. He is a lively and young player and he shows great determination here. He is a 21 years old player with the overall market value of £44 million. He is a Brazilian fame who has earned positive reviews for performing for Santos since he made debut as a teen and he gained great exposure after his appearance for the national side just afterwards. He is among the brightest prospects in the world after some sole goals in the league and likened him to Lionel Messi, Barcelona star.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
He is a well known footballer across the world. He has shown some great performance since the beginning of his career. He is able to play at any corner of the field. Somehow, he is undervalued by his club Real Madrid and earned £10 million per year from Spanish teams. He is one of the biggest names in the world after being established at Manchester United before his move for £80 million in 2009 to Real Madrid. He is the most expensive player in the world. He has managed to score 201 goals by playing in 199 games for Real Madrid.
1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona
This 25 years old player is the greatest player in the world. He dribbles and handles the ball in a much unmatched way. He is able to change the match. He won Ballon d’Or for the four times and received the award on the past four occasions which is really a great record. He has around £73 million of estimated personal wealth.