France has been waiting since 2010 for the UEFA Euro 2016 — that’s the year the country was given the honor of hosting the best soccer players in the world for the Euro Cup. The UEFA Champions League is broken down into eight UEFA groups, and this year the “Week of Football” will feature 24 teams for the first time in history.
The UEFA Euro 2016, with its signature slogan, “Le Rendez-Vous,” will consist of 51 games played out in 10 stadiums between June 10 and July 10. Here is a look at the best soccer players in the world, their salaries and net worths in anticipation of the Euro 2016.
Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth: $280 Million
With an estimated net worth of $280 million, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most famous soccer players in the world — and one of the wealthiest. The Portugal national team captain earns a base salary of $45 million, and tens of millions more each year from modeling and endorsements.
Ronaldo became the most expensive soccer player in history when he left Manchester United for Real Madrid for a record-breaking $132 million transfer fee, according to TheRichest. Trailing only David Beckham in endorsement earnings, Ronaldo has deals with Konami, Nike and Castro. Those endorsements — and his many other contracts — earned Ronaldo $27 million in 2015 alone.
Gareth Bale Net Worth: $90 Million
With a net worth of $90 million, Welsh superstar Gareth Bale earns $25 million annually from salary alone. The Real Madrid star — and winger for Real Madrid and the Wales national team — pulled in $9.5 million from endorsement contracts in 2015, bringing his annual total to about $35 million. He earned an impressive $36.4 million in 2014.
Bale has twice been named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year. He also won the FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards.
Zlatan Ibrahimović Net Worth: $160 Million
Zlatan Ibrahimović has a net worth of $160 million. A forward for the Sweden national team, Ibrahimović earns $35 million per year in salary. In 2015, The Guardian named Ibrahimović the seventh-best footballer in the world.
In 2009, Barcelona paid Inter Milan a transfer fee of $94 million — the second-highest fee on record. TheRichest reported that Ibrahimović earned $6 million in endorsements in 2015, bringing the year’s total earnings to $39.1 million. He has been voted Sweden’s best soccer player an impressive 10 times since 2005.
UEFA Euro 2016 Players’ Net Worths
Here are some of the other athletes you can expect to see in the UEFA Euro 2016, along with their teams and net worths.
|Player Net Worth||Team|
|Wayne Rooney net worth: $145 million||Manchester United/England National Team|
|Robert Lewandowski net worth: $45 million||Bayern Munich/Poland National Team|
|Mesut ?-zil net worth: $50 million||Arsenal, Germany National Team|
|Edin Džeko net worth: $23 million||Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team|
|Thomas Müller net worth: $12 million||Bayern Munich, Germany National Team|
|Toni Kroos net worth: $5 million||Real Madrid, Germany National Team|
|Arkadiusz Milik net worth: unknown||Ajax, Poland National Team|
|Kyle Lafferty net worth: unknown||Norwich City, Northern Ireland National Team|
|Marc Janko net worth: unknown||FC Basel, Austria National Team|
|Shaun Maloney net worth: unknown||Hull City, Scotland National Team|
|Vladimír Weiss net worth: unknown||Al-Gharafa, Slovakia National Team|
|Senad Lulić net worth: unknown||Lazio, Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team|
|Artem Dzyuba net worth: unknown||Zenit Saint Petersburg, Russia National Team|
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The UEFA Euro 2016 will dominate the beginning of the summer sports season, as the best soccer players in the world gather in France to compete. While there is no shortage of expert predictions for the event, one outcome is guaranteed — the players who make the games worth watching will leave the tournament even wealthier than they arrived.
All net worth figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.com unless otherwise noted.