There once was a time when English football’s brightest stars would have to head abroad if they wanted to wanted to earn huge sums.
The advent of the Premier League brought an end to this state of affairs and a generation of England stars were able to build huge fortunes worthy of movie stars. Here are the five richest English footballers.
5. John Terry – £29m net fortune
The Chelsea captain has had a controversial career on and off the pitch, but that hasn’t stopped him raking in a fortune.
Terry is currently negotiating a new contract with Chelsea as his £165,000 a week deal comes to an end this summer. It’s likely that he’ll have to accept a smaller salary but we’re sure he’ll cope.
Football may have given Terry the platform to become a multi-millionaire but it looks as if he has the business nous to continue earning once his playing days are over. Terry sold his Surrey mansion for £5.25m last year as he moved into a new house that he’d built within the grounds. He’d barely had time to unpack when the Sultan of Oman made a £16m offer for his new home that Terry quickly accepted.
4. Steven Gerrard – £29m net fortune
Like Terry, Steven Gerrard is another England captain with a £29m fortune. Gerrard is paid £140,000 a week by Liverpool, which is supplemented by endorsements with the likes of Adidas and Persil.
Unlike Terry, Gerrard is pretty popular with fans from other sides, making him ripe for off-the-field deals. One such example is the apartment he received in a newly built Dubai skyscraper, just for turning up to endorse the project’s launch night in London.
As the current England captain, Gerrard’s ability to attract endorsements can continue to grow if he leads his country to a successful World Cup campaign.
3. Frank Lampard – £31m net fortune
As a 35-year old veteran Frank Lampard ‘only’ earns £50,000 a week these days, having accepted a reduced contract to stay at Chelsea last summer. Prior to this deal he was earning £150,000 a week, after signing a five-year contract in 2008.
A dedicated professional, Lampard has endorsement deals with Adidas and Pepsi. These earnings have allowed the England midfielder to build a sizeable property portfolio. He lives in a £10m house in Chelsea and owns additional properties across London, Surrey, Cambridge and Barcelona.
With a WAG in Christine Bleakly who actually owns her own money and a five book deal with Little Brown for his children’s series Frankie’s Magic Football, Lampard’s financial empire looks set to go from strength to strength.
2. Rio Ferdinand – £37m net fortune
Another 35-year old, Ferdinand also had to take a pay cut from his previous £120,000 a week deal, when he signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United last summer.
David Moyes has suggested that another extension could be offered at the end of the season, while Ferdinand also has the lucrative option of moving to the MLS. Whatever option he chooses, Ferdinand can be assured that his off-field earnings will be healthy.
The defender owns the Manchester restaurant Rosso and has media interests in publishing, film and TV.
1. Wayne Rooney – £45m net fortune
Rooney has notably just signed a five and a half year contract with Manchester United, who will pay him £300,000 a week. The deal will see United’s commercial staff working on Rooney’s behalf to secure him endorsements across the world.
Not that Rooney’s agents are slouches in that department themselves. Rooney had held endorsements with the likes of Nike, Nokia, Ford, Coca Cola and was for years the face of EA Sports’ FIFA series. Rooney has a five-book deal with Harper Collins for which he received a £5m advance.
Rooney owns a huge neo-Georgian mansion but is rumoured to be looking to upgrade to a £12m pad nearby, which is owned by former footballer Ashley Ward. Hopefully it will prove a better investment than Rooney’s foray into racehorse ownership.
The striker’s £60,000 thoroughbreds Pippy and Switcharooney were trained at Manor House Stables, co-owned by Rooney’s former teammate Michael Owen and Betfair founder Andrew Black, but were retired last year having only won one race between them.
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