Cristiano Ronaldo Tops Goal Rich List 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest footballer in the world, according to the 2015 Goal Rich List, an annual chart of the game’s wealthiest active players, Goal.com reports.

The Real Madrid star, 30, also topped the list in 2014 but has bolstered his position over the last 12 months to emerge €10 million ahead of second-placed Lionel Messi with an overall personal wealth of €210m.

Ronaldo has increased his wealth substantially, thanks largely to having collected bonuses for helping Real Madrid to the Champions League and Club World Cup crowns. He also received a sum for winning the 2014 Ballon d’Or.

Added to that, further earnings were reaped from commercial deals with companies such as Toyota, Herbalife and Samsung, while his long-term association with Nike remained a key money-spinner.

Barcelona’s Messi, who was just €2m short of Ronaldo’s wealth in 2014, continues to generate huge amounts off the field through both commercial tie-ins and property moves, which have seen him build up an extensive portfolio.

Industry experts worked with specialists across the globe to bring together the final chart for 2015, detailing a catalogue of investments by the world’s best-paid and financially-savvy players.

Neymar charted third in the Goal Rich List, with he and his family still benefitting from a huge chunk of the forward’s transfer from Santos in 2013. Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in fourth, with Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney the fifth and final player to register personal wealth of over €100m.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham topped the list in 2013 before his retirement from the game.

How much extra does Ronaldo earn than Hazard, Rooney & Ozil?

Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal star amongst Premier League‘s highest earners but they come nowhere close to pocketing what Real Madrid icon does…

A list detailing Real Madrid‘s top earners has been released by Sportune and the disparity between the club’s highest paid player and second highest is an exorbitant €10m and far outweighs the colossal incomes of the Premier League‘s top stars.

It is perhaps no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo tops Sportune’s list and receives an annual salary of €17m (£14.41m), yet the second highest Los Blanco collects ‘just’ €7m – Gareth Bale.

Other players representing the top five earners includes out of favour Iker Casillas (€6m), resurgent forward Karim Benzema (€4.5m) and discontented defender Sergio Ramos (also €4.5m).

With current exchange rates, Ronaldo is on a £277,115 per week contract, while Bale is still paid a handsome £115,000 per week.

While there are numerous players in the Premier League who are on more than Bale is at Real Madrid (even Emmanuel Adebayor is alleged to be on the same terms – £115,000 per week – in England, at Spurs), there are none who come come close to seeing Ronaldo figures.

Arsenal‘s highest earner is Mesut Ozil, who is on £160,000 per week, for instance, while Chelsea defender John Terry is on £175,000 per week, Fernando Torres receives the same and Eden Hazard accumulates an extra £185,000 per week.

At Manchester City, David Silva is on £160,000 per week and Yaya Toure collects £180,000 per week.

Manchester United‘s top earners are Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who are both on £180,000 per week.