Football has long been the most popular sport around the world and this love of footy is shared by all across the globe, with events such as the World Cup and Premier League attracting the attention of millions of fans in almost every country on the planet. Along with amazing events being held each year for fans to get their fix of the sport, its players are not just adored and idolised but followed almost as closely by fans as the sport itself. Fans also love to bet on the sport too, playing the super 6 every week. Let’s take a look at the most successful football players to grace the field and their amazing achievement that will without a doubt go down in sporting history.
When it comes to football excellence, there is no greater place to start then with Lionel Messi himself. Messi is currently the best men football player in the world and in turn, has also made him the highest-paid player in the sport with a salary of around £8 million a month, not including the mass amount he makes on endorsements and sponsorships.
The Barcelona player has long dazzled fans with his amazing talent on the field and his continued consistency each and every game, season and tournament. Messi’s success has not gone unawarded as he has now won, not one, not two… but six Ballon d’Or, which is one of the oldest and considered the most prestigious individual awards a footballer can win.
Next up on the list is Messi’s football rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, in which the two players started their careers at similar times and so have long competed for the top spot based on their unbeaten skill.
Despite Ronaldo missing out on the award for best player and making slightly less than Messi when it comes to his football salary – over £4 million a month – he is said to have a significantly higher net worth than any other player due to his world-wide popularity that has also made him the most followed user on Instagram, beating the likes of Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Kylie Jenner.
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
Known as Neymar Jr, he is one of the most wealthy athletes in the world with an estimated worth of around $105 million, primarily of which is from his football salary playing for Paris Sian-Germaine. The Brazillian player is regarded as one of the most talented players in the world, battling the likes of Ronaldo and Messi for the top spot and title of the best male football player in the world.
Neymar made his professional debut in football at the young age of 17 and has played instrumental parts in his team’s awards and victories throughout the years. His talent has led to him being awarded the best South American player in the years of both 2011 and 2012 since he has relocated to Europe to play with the best and join the world-renowned Barcelona FC to be a part of the attacking trio – Neymar, Messi and Suarez.