This is one of the most popular questions on the lips of many soccer lovers all over the world.
So who is the richest soccer player in the world?
What we do know is that four players in the Spanish Premier League rank in the top 10 highest paid players in the world.
What we also know is that the title tends to swing between two top-rated footballers: The diminutive Argentinian forward Lionel Messi and the swanky Portuguese superstar with model looks, Christiano Ronaldo.
It would seem that in 2016, the title of the richest soccer player in the world goes to the latter.
In 2016, Forbes named Ronaldo as the world’s best paid athlete.
This is after initially becoming the first Portuguese player to sign with English soccer giants Manchester United.
In 2009, a mammoth move saw him signing with Real Madrid, for a world-record fee.
With humble beginnings, Ronaldo, whose father was a gardener and whose mother was a cook, worked his way up the ranks to become one of the most successful football brands in rennet times.
What makes him the richest soccer player in the world?
For starters, he earns an estimated 15 million Euros yearly after tax.
Then he also has sponsorship deals worth 25 million Euros, with Toyota, Herbalife, Emirates, Castrol, Samsung, KFC and Emporio Armani among others.
He also has his own clothing line called CR7 and has invested in properties worth over 30 million Euros.
With a current net worth of $320 million USD, Ronaldo is the highest paid footballer in the world. Ronaldo owns a lavish mansion in Madrid and another in the UK.
His car collection is also quite impressive with a 700 brake horsepower Lamborghini as well as a Bugatti Veyron (worth $1.7 million).
Clipping at his heels is Lionel Messi, who at an annual salary of 14.5 million Euros after tax, is a four-time Bailon dÓr award winner.