Paris Saint Germain player, David Beckham has emerged the richest footballer in the world, according to Goal UK. The publication placed the wealth of the British-born footballer at £175 million, in the list released Monday morning.
Argentinian born football phenomenon was placed second on the list, with a networth of £115.5 million, whilst Real Madrid forward, Christiano Ronaldo is third at £112 million.
Commenting on the results Amar Singh, Managing Editor of Goal said: “The world’s top footballers can no longer be regarded as just athletes – they are major international brands and David Beckham is the biggest brand of them all.
“Our findings show just how much wealth footballers are able to accumulate by leveraging this. Far from the bling-loving, sports car-collecting stereotypes, the vast majority of footballers on the Goal Rich List are putting their money to positive use by setting up charitable foundations or funding community initiatives.”
Alex Miller, editor of the Goal Rich List, added: “The wealth David Beckham has accumulated and continues to earn is testament to his continued appeal, because while Beckham’s retirement from the game edges ever closer, his phenomenal earning power shows no sign of slowing down.”
The top 50 richest footballers are said to have a combined wealth of £1.73 billion which is enough to buy 6,299 brand new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta cars, or 146 lavish penthouse apartments in Fifth Avenue, or even acquire Manchester United F.C. twice over.
£586 is the per minute wage earned by the average player in the Goal Rich List.