Friday, 19 June 2009

Britain's 10 richest footballers .... and their wives

They’re young, talented, worshipped by fans and paid millions of pounds. The recession has done little to hit the earning power of Britain’s footballers, with many climbing their way up the Sunday Times rich list. The particularly astute players continue to rake it in with sponsorship deals and a WAG-filled wedding featured in OK! Magazine.
Here are the top ten richest footballers aged under 30.
1. Michael Owen
Worth: £40 millionThis week Owen, 29, accepted a substantial payout from the Daily Express over "incredulous allegations" that his football career was over. The injury-prone star is currently out of contract but he was earning £105,000 a week at Newcastle United. He also has a sponsorship deal with Umbro, netting him £2 million a year.
2. Wayne Rooney
Worth: £35 millionOne can only imagine the life of luxury that baby Rooney will be born into later this year. Wayne and Coleen, who are expecting their first child, are worth a staggering £35 million – not bad for 23 year olds. Manchester United pay Wayne £100,000 a week and he has endorsement deals with Nike, Coca-Cola and EA Sports, the computer games company. Last summer, he signed a £1 million two-year deal to become a global face for Mercedes.
3. Rio Ferdinand
Worth: £30 millionThe Manchester United defender has come a long way since his days growing up on a Peckham council estate. The 30 year old earns £120,000 a week and has a lucrative sponsorship deal with Nike. He also has properties in London, Morocco and the Caribbean.
4. Frank Lampard
Worth: £20 millionLampard, 30, is likely to be financially hit by the split from his ex-fiancé, Elen Rives, who has moved out of their £8.5 million townhouse with their two daughters. He signed a five-year, £140,000-a-week deal with Chelsea in August.
5. Steven Gerrard
Worth: £20 millionLiverpool’s talisman, 28, earns £120,000 a week, and endorsement deals with Adidas and Lucozade add £750,000 a year to his income, giving him annual earnings of at least £7 million. His wife, leading WAG Alex Curran, admitted in February to Tatler that the credit crunch had reined in her spending. “I do my nails myself,” she said. “The nail varnish I’m wearing was only £2 from a bargain bin.”
6. Cristiano Ronaldo
Worth: £18 millionRecently dubbed “Mr. Metrosexual” after being spotted wearing a pink baseball cap with a flower tucked behind his ear, the Manchester United forward can afford to splash out on colourful accessories. The 24 year old has a £120,000-a-week contract and is the face of Coca-Cola and Nike. He has also opened a fashion boutique under the name "CR7" – his initials and shirt number.
7. John Terry
Worth: £17mThe England and Chelsea captain’s mother and mother in law were arrested recently on suspicion of theft, after making off with £800 worth of clothes and groceries from Tesco and Marks & Spencer. It all seemed rather bizarre given that their son is one of the best paid players in the Premier league, earning £130,000 a week.
8. Damien Duff
Worth: £14 millionNotoriously shy Duff does not rake in the cash from magazine deals or sponsorships, but the Newcastle defender has invested in property in Ireland, London and the Caribbean. With a wage of £70,000 a week he can afford a little privacy.
9. Ashley Cole
Worth (with wife Cheryl Cole): £13 million Ashley Cole, aka “Britain’s most hated celebrity”, was recently arrested for being drunk and disorderly whilst wife Cheryl was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief. His marriage may be turbulent but his earning power continues to increase, with a £4 million salary from Chelsea and a lucrative Adidas boot deal.
10. Harry Kewell
Worth: £12 million"Australia's finest football export" now plays for Galatasaray in Istanbul, although he is based in the UK with his former Emmerdale actress wife, Sheree Murphy, and their three children. Kewell left Liverpool last year after five years on £60,000 a week.
By Lauren Thompson

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