Which Ex-Newcastle Players Make The Top Fifty Richest Players In The World?
To qualify, the football players have to be still actively playing, or at least available for clubs and a number of reputable sources are used by goal.com to assemble the 2013 rich list of footballer fortunes.
The top five don’t contain any massive surprises (amounts in £m);
1 Beckham (175)
2 Messi (115.5)
3 Ronaldo (112)
4 Kaka (66.5)
5 Ronaldinho (63)
Once you get away from the elite there are some interesting names popping up.
In 6th you have Samuel Eto’o (£52m) which rubber stamps the kind of wages Anzhi must be paying to have attracted such a world star.
Heading further down the list I have picked out a number of players who caught my eye, again the total of their fortunes is in £m;
12 Owen (40.5)
16 Giggs (34.5)
19 Gerrard (32)
39 Duff (18.5)
42 Seedorf (18)
44 Xavi (17.5)
Yes, Stoke City’s richest (non-playing!) football player rears his little head again, this morning we featured him trying to be funny about [intlink id=”25783″ type=”post”]Newcastle fans[/intlink] and now he pops up again as richer than some of the most successful players in world football.
Despite hardly kicking a ball in the second half of his career he is way ahead of the most successful ever Premier League player (Giggs £34.5m) and also others like Gerrard (£32m) who have stayed at one club and obviously love playing the game.
Naturally Michael Owen’s marketability in the likes of Asia has lined his pockets as well as what he has trousered from unsuspecting clubs such as Newcastle amongst others.
The money in the Premier League helps throw up another quirky one in Damien Duff (£18.5m) who has been on serious money ever since Chelsea paid massive money for him, another one who left St.James’ Park without a backwards glance.
I obviously don’t feel sorry for them but when you have true greats like Barca’s Xavi (£17.5m) and four times Champions League winner Clarence Seedorf (£18m) behind players such as Duff, you know there is something seriously wrong with the English Premier League in terms of rewarding players for very little.
Despite the clubs’ bets efforts I can’t imagine the new broadcasting riches meaning anything other than English based players populating the list even more in years to come.
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