Cristiano Ronaldo, a Manchester United legend, has been named the richest footballer in 2022.
The 36-year-old Portugal international is tied for first place with England legend David Beckham, ahead of PSG superstar Lionel Messi.
Beckham retired from football in 2013, and the 46-year-old Manchester United legend is now a co-owner and president of MLS club Inter Miami, as well as a co-owner of Salford City.
The former England international has also had lucrative endorsement deals with Adidas, Giorgio Armani, Pepsi, Gillette, and the Haig Club, and was paid an eye-watering £150 million to be the face of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Wealthy Gorilla used net worth estimates from The Richest, Celebrity Net Worth, and Forbes to determine the top 10 richest footballers past and present.
David Beckham’s $450 million net worth places him alongside Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo on the star-studded list.
Ronaldo is currently the highest-paid player in the English Premier League, thanks to his unexpected return to Old Trafford and a lucrative £485,000 contract.
Portugal’s legend has also benefited from lucrative sponsorship deals with companies such as Nike, DAZN, Herbalife, and Clear.
Outside of football, the 36-year-old former Real Madrid and Juventus star has several business ventures, including his CR7 fashion brand and fragrances.
Below are the top 10 richest footballers in the world in 2022, according to Wealthy Gorilla.
10. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid): $100m
9. Pele (retired): $100m
8. Francesco Totti (retired): $101.6m
7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): $125m
6. Wayne Rooney (retired): $145m
5. Alexandre Pato (Orlando City): $145m
4. Dave Whelan (retired): $220m
3. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain): $400m
2. David Beckham (retired): $450m
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United): $450m