Football is one sport that has seen the emergence of millionaires over the years. There were rumors that the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were the richest active footballers presently due to how they’ve dominated the game.
This was also believed to be the case as they are miles ahead of their fellow players. However, this is not the case as the two of them do not lead the top two spots.
Instead, a relatively unknown young footballer, yet to carve a niche for himself in the game is presently the richest active footballer in the world.
It has been revealed that Leicester City’s Faiq Bolkiah is head and shoulders above Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the richness game, based on reports.
Regardless, let’s not forget that the Portuguese star was recently reported as the first footballer in history to reach $1billion in career earnings.
A report by Blog Finance PR via Marca has found that Faiq who is yet to make a senior appearance for the Foxes holds the top spot. He’s the nephew of Brunei Sultan Hassanai Bolkiah.
The 22-year-old midfielder is worth $20bn. However, the player’s actual earnings were not disclosed. Meanwhile, Ronaldo is second on the list with an estimated worth of $450, as he beat competition from Barcelona forward Lionel Messi at $400m.
The Portugal international recently revealed his aspiration to build on his business empire and attain new heights of success when he eventually calls it quits with the round leather game.
Find below, the list of the top 10 active footballers in the world at the time of writing based on a report by Blog Finance PR.
10. Paul Pogba (Manchester United): $85m
9. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid): $100m
8. Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe): $120m
7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): $125m
6. Wayne Rooney (Derby County): $160m
5. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain): $185m
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan): $190m
3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona): $400m
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus): $450m
1. Faiq Bolkiah (Leicester): $20bn
It can be seen that the Premier League has just two representatives in Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Leicester’s Faiq Bolkiah, although he’s yet to make a senior appearance for the Foxes as well as a Premier League debut.
La Liga has Eden Hazard and Lionel Messi on the list while Serie A has Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo on the list. The English Championship based Wayne Rooney is high up in the list too.