Top 18 richest soccer players of 2022

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Have you ever wondered why football players are paid so much? The reason comes down to the concept of supply and demand. According to Pledge Sports, football is the most popular sport with 2.5 billion fans. This means that football players benefit significantly from ticket sales due to high attendance. In addition to selling tickets, football players also make good money depending on the club they play for. If some are lucky, they can also be paid for by endorsements. Now that we know why they got so rich, we need to identify the football players who were lucky enough to get rich. Here is a list of the 20 richest soccer players in 2022 and their net worth below.

1. Luis Suarez ($70 million)

Luis is a Uruguayan player known for his aggressiveness on the pitch. He plays for the national team of Uruguay and the football club “Barcelona”. His first international debut came at the U-20 World Cup in 2007. He played so impressively in the World Cup that Groningen and Ajax wanted to sign him. He ended up signing a five-year, €7.5m contract with Ajax. He later joined Liverpool where he eventually won the Golden Boot award. He eventually joined FC Barcelona in 2014.

2. Givanildo Vieira de Souza ($70 million)

Jivanildo is known as “The Hulk”. He plays for Atlético Mineiro and the Brazilian national team as a striker. At first he played for Vitoria, and then went to play in Japan for three years. After that, he moved to Porto and helped the club win ten titles between 2010 and 2011. In 2012, he joined FC Zenit in a $63 million deal. Later in 2016, he signed a $61 million contract with Shanghai Port FC.

3. Franck Ribery ($70 million)

Frank plays for Salernitana as a left winger. He is praised for his accurate transmission, energy and skill. He made his debut at Conti Boulogne in 1989 as a young player. Seven years later, he moved to Lille. However, his big break came in 2007 when he joined Bayern Munich for a record-breaking $25 million. With Bayern, he won one FIFA World Cup match, nine Bundesliga titles and one UEFA league title.

4. David De Gea ($75 million)

David is a Spanish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester United and the Spanish national team. With a salary of $24 million, he became the highest paid goalkeeper in the world. He first joined Atlético Madrid in 2009 as a goalkeeper. He was able to help the club win the UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Europa League in 2010. His victories attracted Manchester United, who signed him for $23 million.

5. Sergio Ramos ($80 million)

Sergio is the Spanish player for Camas. He is often considered one of the best central defenders. In his first season, he played 41 games and scored his first UEFA Cup goal. He later played in three European Cups and three World Cups in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Real Madrid were impressed with his performance and bought him for 27 million euros. Currently he is the captain of the club.

6. Mario Balotelli ($80 million)

Mario is an Italian player who plays for Adana Demirspor and the Italian national team as a striker. He started playing professionally at the age of 15 for Lumezzane. Barcelona were impressed and even wanted to sign him. However, in 2006 he signed a contract with Inter Milan. In 2010 he joined Manchester United and Inter in 2013.

7. Robert Lewandowski ($85 million)

Polish footballer, forward of Bayern Munich and the Polish national team. With his salary of $30 million in 2020, he has become one of the highest paid football players. He started playing as an unregistered player at the local club Partyzant Leszno. He later joined MKS Varsovia Warsaw as a teenager and stayed with the club for 7 years. His first big break was in 2008 when he came on as a substitute in the UEFA Cup.

8. Mohamed Salah ($90 million)

Mohamed is an Egyptian player who plays for Liverpool and the Egyptian national team. He is known for his speed, dribbling and finishing. In 2012, he signed a four-year contract with Basel. He managed to take his team to the semi-finals. Even though they lost, reaching the semi-finals is still considered a feat. His major breakthrough came in 2017 when he signed a long-term, $62 million deal with Liverpool. Upon joining the club, he became its top scorer.

9. Kylian Mbappé ($95 million)

One of his significant achievements is that he became one of the youngest French players to score a goal in the World Cup (2018). Moreover, he also made history by earning so much money as a teenager. According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the age of 25, he earned nearly $19 million. Today, he earns a base salary of $28 million and $14 million in endorsements.

10. Eden Hazard ($100 million)

Eden is a Belgian player who plays for Chelsea Football Club and the Belgium national team. He is widely known for his defensive style of play. Most of his coaches and colleagues think he is as good as Messi and Cristiano. He made his professional debut in 2007. Around the 2008-2009 season, he became the head coach of Lille. In 2014, he signed with Lille for life. However, the very next year he signed a five-year contract with Chelsea. During his time at Chelsea, he received the PFA Player of the Year award and the Chelsea Player of the Year award.

11. Andres Iniesta ($120 million)

He is a Spanish player, captain and midfielder for Vissel Kobe. Prior to joining Vissel Kobe, he spent most of his career at Barcelona as captain for three seasons. He first joined Barcelona in 2001. In 2004, people noticed his improvement and he received many awards. For example, he was named UEFA Champions League Player of the Year in 2011-12. In addition, in 2011 he was awarded the Marca Legend Award. Andres played for Barcelona for 22 years before joining Vissel Kobe in 2018. He signed them to a three-year, $30 million-a-year contract.

12. Mesut Ozil ($120 million)

Mesut is a German player and captain of the Turkish club Fenerbahce. He plays as an attacking midfielder and is known for his passing skills, creativity and technical skills. In 2010, he joined Real Madrid for the first time. Since joining the club, he has not stopped winning. As further proof of his quality, he helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup. In addition to Real Madrid, he also played for Arsenal, where he made a lot of money.

13. Paul Pogba ($125 million)

Paul has won four major titles: the Under-20 World Cup, Serie A awards, UEFA Team of the Year and the Italian Super Cup. He currently plays for Manchester United and the French national team. He discovered his football prowess at just 6 years old. He later joined US Torcy for the Under 13 team before officially joining Manchester United in 2009. After that, he left Manchester United to play for Juventus. However, in 111 he signed a contract with Manchester United worth 2016 million dollars.

14. Gareth Bale ($145 million)

He is a Welsh player who plays for Real Madrid as a winger. People describe him as a player with exceptional speed and great flotation. After finishing high school, he joined Southampton Football Club in 2006. In the same year, he was named BBC Young Sportsman of the Year in Wales. Many clubs wanted him, but he settled at Real Madrid in 2013. To this day, he is still with the club.

15. Alexander Pato ($145 million)

Pato is a Brazilian player who plays as a striker for Orlando City. He made his International debut in 2006 when he was 16 years old. Despite the age and experience of the players, he became the top scorer and even beat Gremio 4-0. Thanks to his victory, he was included in the “Internacional”. The team then won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. After the World Cup, he joined Milan. He scored 18 goals in 42 games and won the Golden Boy award. In 2016, he played for Chelsea on loan. After that, he played in many other clubs, but in 2021 he finally moved to Orlando City.

16. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($190 million)

Zlatan is a Swedish footballer who plays as a striker for Los Angeles Galaxy. He is known for his accurate striking ability, which makes him a prolific goalscorer. According to Sports Adda, he is the third most decorated player in the world. He began his senior league career in 2002 when he moved to Ajax. He scored five goals for the club, earning him the Goal of the Tournament award in 2004. After that, Zlatan changed clubs, but in 2016 he moved to Manchester United.

17. Neymar Jr ($200 million)

Neymar started playing football on the streets of Brazil and took a break from professional football in 2009. He moved to Santos in 2009 and quickly became a valuable goalscorer. As a result, he was in high demand with many clubs. Neymar stayed at Santos because the salary was high compared to what other clubs wanted to offer him. He finally joined Barcelona in 2013 and scored 39 goals to everyone’s surprise.

18. Lionel Messi ($400 million)

Messi is often revered for his ability to dribble past opponents and his goalscoring records. Like Cristiano, he started playing professionally at the age of 16 when he moved to Barcelona. He later led Barcelona to victory in the Champions League, Spanish Super Cup and La Liga. Consequently, he became Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer.

He is often considered the greatest player of all time, although Messi fans may disagree. He currently plays for Juventus and the Portugal national team. His professional career began when he was only 16 years old. At the time, he was signed for $12 million to play for Manchester United. He played as a midfielder and his skills grew while playing for other teams such as Real Madrid. He scored so many goals at Real Madrid that many clubs wanted…

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