10 Richest World Cup Players Dominated by Englishmen

PHOTO: Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo receives the keys of the new Audi car during the presentation of Real Madrids new cars made by Audi at the Jarama racetrack in this Nov. 8, 2012, file photo in Madrid, Spain.
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Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is rich. But how rich exactly? So rich that the Brazilian air force (FAB) has granted his request to charter four jets to the World Cup for his friends and family. Members of his entourage will also include his supermodel Russian girlfriend Irina Shayk.

He's so rich that his net worth is nearly one-quarter of the combined fortunes of the 10 wealthiest players in this year's FIFA World Cup.

Ronaldo, who plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid, has a net worth of $230 million, according to a list of the richest players in this year's World Cup produced by research firm Wealth-X.

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A large chunk of Ronaldo's personal fortune comes from endorsement deals, with Nike, Samsung, watchmaker Tag Heuer and his underwear line CR7. Forbes estimates that his salary and winnings were a combined $52 million in the last year, while his endorsement deals earned him $28 million. According to Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes, Ronaldo is behind only Floyd Mayweather's $105 million.

The 29-year old is the "best-known player on the planet," alongside Argentine Lionel Messi and Brit David Beckham, according to ESPN.

Ronaldo seems to enjoy the finer things in life. He has been seen driving a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, which can cost $387,000, according to Edmunds.com. Last year, Ronaldo listed his modern villa in Spain for $7.1 million.


PHOTO: Irina Shayk and Cristiano Ronaldo attend the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at La Caja Magica in this May 12, 2013, file photo in Madrid, Spain.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, $230 million

The Portuguese winger hopes to lead his country to its first-ever World Cup title.


PHOTO: Lionel Messi of Argentina
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Lionel Messi, $180 million

The forward for Spanish club Barcelona, 26, drives a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale.


PHOTO: Wayne Rooney of England
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Wayne Rooney, $95 million

The forward for Manchester United, 28, drives a Aston Martin Vanquish.

Ivory Coast

PHOTO: Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast handles the ball against the Bosnia-Herzegovina during the second half of a friendly match at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis
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Didier Drogba, $90 million

The 36-year-old striker plays for Turkish club Galatasaray.


PHOTO: Cameroons captain Samuel Etoo
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Samuel Eto'o, $75 million

The 33-year old striker for English club Chelsea drives a Maybach 57 S Xanatec Coupe. His lavish car collection includes an Aston Martin.

Côte d'Ivoire

PHOTO: Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast
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Yaya Toure, $70 million

The 31-year old is a midfielder for English club Manchester City.


PHOTO: Frank Lampard of England
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Frank Lampard, $60 million

The 35-year old will once again lead England at the World Cup.


PHOTO: Steven Gerrard of England
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Steven Gerrard, $55 million

The 34-year old midfielder is captain of English club side Liverpool.


PHOTO: Fernando Torres of Spain scores the opening goal in an international friendly match
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Fernando Torres, $50 million

The 30-year old striker plays for Chelsea.


PHOTO: Gianluigi Buffon of Italy during the international friendly match between Spain and Italy
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Gianluigi Buffon, $50 million

The 36-year old goalkeeper plays for Italian champion Juventus.

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