Wealth-X Reveals: The 10 Richest Footballers At The 2014 Brazil World Cup England Has More Players Than Any Other Country On The List

LONDON, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2014 FIFA World Cup about to kick off, Wealth-X today names Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's forward and captain, as the wealthiest footballer competing in this year's tournament in Brazil.

With an estimated net worth of US$230 million, Ronaldo's personal fortune accounts for nearly one-quarter of the combined net worth of the 10 players in the Wealth-X World Cup Rich List, beating other high-profile soccer players such as Lionel Messi from Argentina and England's Wayne Rooney.

England has more ultra wealthy soccer players on the Wealth-X World Cup Rich List than any other country: forward Rooney (US$95 million), and mid-fielders Frank Lampard (US$60 million) and Steven Gerrard (US$55 million).

The 2010 World Cup champion, Spain, has only one ultra wealthy footballer on the list,  Fernando Torres, who has an estimated net worth of US$50 million. Host Brazil does not have a footballer on the Wealth-X list although their star player, Neymar, has an estimated net worth of US$25 million.

Italy's Gianluigi Buffon, who has an estimated net worth of US$50 million, is the only goalkeeper in the list, which primarily consists of midfielders or strikers.

Eight footballers on the list are current or past players in the English Premier League, except Argentina's Messi and Buffon.

Below are the top 5 footballers on the Wealth-X Rich List:



National Team

Net Worth (US$ Million)


Cristiano Ronaldo




Lionel Messi




Wayne Rooney




Didier Drogba

Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)



Samuel Eto'o



Brazil last hosted the World Cup in 1950 and since then has established itself as a dominant power, winning football's greatest trophy a record five times.

Thirty-two national teams will compete in the World Cup in 12 host cities during the competition that begins on June 12 and runs to July 13.

Download the complete list at http://www.wealthx.com/articles/2014/top-10-richest-world-cup-2014-players

About Wealth-X
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 US$30 million and above. Headquartered in Singapore, it has 13 offices on five continents. (www.wealthx.com)



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