Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is super rich, richer than Argentinian Lionel Messi. He’s so rich that his net worth is nearly one-quarter of the combined fortunes of the 10 wealthiest players in this year’s FIFA World Cup.
According to a list of the richest players in this year’s World Cup produced by research firm Wealth-X Ronaldo’s has a net worth of $230 million. The forward for Spanish club Barcelona, Lionel Messi, drives a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and net worth is $180.
England striker Rooney ranks third with $95 million.
With $90 million Didier Drogba takes the fourth post and the 36-year-old striker plays for Turkish club Galatasaray. Samuel Eto’o, $75 million is among the top five and the 33-year old striker for English club Chelsea drives a Maybach 57 S Xanatec Coupe. His lavish car collection includes an Aston Martin.
At number six is Yaya Toure, $70 million. The 31-year old is a midfielder for English club Manchester City.
Spain has only one ultra-wealthy footballer on the list in Fernando Torres, who has an estimated net worth of $50 million.
Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon, who has an estimated net worth of $50 million, is the only goalkeeper in the list, which primarily consists of midfielders or strikers.
Wealth-X is the world’s leading ultra-high net worth (UHNW) intelligence and prospecting firm with the largest collection of curated research on UHNW individuals, defined as those with net assets of $30 million and above.