Net Worth $230 million
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's forward and captain, is the
wealthiest footballer competing in this year's tournament.
After scoring 69 goals in 59 club and country competitions, his
Real Madrid team rewarded him last September with a record
five-year contract worth $206 million.
His commercially good looks have landed him mega sponsorship
deals including endorsements for watchmaker Tag Heuer,
Samsung, and a long-term deal with Nike.
Lionel Messi plays as a forward and won his first international honor,
an Olympic Gold Medal, with the Argentina Olympic football team in 2008.
He has endorsement deals worth $23 million with companies, including Adidas
and Turkish Airlines, who have invested heavily in the goal scorer, according
Messi is the founder of the charitable organization, "The Leo
Messi Foundation," which helps provide children opportunities for education
and health care.
Net Worth: $180 million
Net Worth: $95 million
Wayne Rooney plays as a forward for Manchester United and
the England national team.
Rooney was the top scorer for England in their 2010 World Cup
qualifying campaign with nine goals.
He is currently England's all-time scorer in competitive
Country: Cote'Divoire (Ivory Coast)
Net Worth: $90 million
Didier Drogba is an Ivorian footballer who plays as
a striker for Galatasaray in the Super Lig.
He led the Ivory Coast to the 2006 FIFA World Cup,
their first appearance in the tournament, and also
scored their first goal.
Drogba later captained the Ivory Coast at the 2010
FIFA World Cup, scoring once.
Net Worth: $75 million
Although Samuel Eto'o, aged 33, is at the end of his
career, he remains an important part of the
He's the winner of more honors than any other
African footballer, past or present, according to
Eto'o was ultimately unable to play in the 2014 FIFA
World Cup match against Croatia due to a knee