A list of the 50 Richest Footballers for 2014 has been published and as you may expect, current and former Liverpool players feature quite heavily. While the very summit of the list is dominated by global superstars such as Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho, those with an Anfield connection perform very respectably but who is included in the Reds’ own top five?
5. Fernando Torres – net worth £24m
We can only guess at the hefty cut Torres earned from his record £50m transfer to Chelsea back in 2011 and that has been supplemented by a reported annual salary of £13.9m. The centre forward is extremely marketable despite the fact that his playing career seems to be in sharp decline.
Deals with Pepsi and Nike have both added millions to his bank account while hefty bonuses from Spain’s three consecutive wins at major tournaments see Torres join the top 50 at number 36.
4. Steven Gerrard – net worth £29m
Midfielder Gerrard is a notable inclusion on this list for being a one club man and the only currently Liverpool player to appear in the top 50. While he could have undoubtedly earned a bigger pay packet at certain clubs that were courting his signature, the player’s loyalty has clearly not had a detrimental effect on his bank balance.
On top of his reported salary of £140,000 a week, the popular England captain is a natural target for companies such as Persil and Adidas while his starring role in the current X-Box ad only boosts an already hefty income.
3. Robbie Fowler – net worth £30m
Like Robbie Keane, Fowler enjoyed a lucrative end to his playing career overseas and big money deals in Australia and Thailand supplement a significant income from the game.
Fowler has used his on-field earnings to build a huge property portfolio that accounts for much of his fortune. He has even set up the Robbie Fowler Property Academy, which reveals the secrets behind his buy-to-let empire.
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2. Robbie Keane – net worth £33m
The second name on the list may be a little surprising but it helps to underline just how lucrative a spell in the MLS can be for any footballer. Robbie Keane was hardly an Anfield legend, scoring seven goals in 28 matches but his move to Liverpool was one of several lucrative transfers that added to his overall fortune.
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The Republic of Ireland International has played for seven professional teams – excluding loans – and that represents a truck load of signing on fees and contract renewals for clubs trying to hang on to his signature. However, with little in the way of business interests, it’s the wages and bonuses provided by LA Galaxy that have seen Robbie Keane storm into the top 50.
1. Michael Owen – net worth £36m
Having played for five professional clubs in an ultimately successful career, Owen would have earned a considerable amount in signing on fees and endorsements but much of his fortune comes from outside the world of football.
The former Liverpool and England striker had always enjoyed a passion for horses and when injuries began to blight his career, Owen had more time on his hands to develop this interest. Having gained a number of notable successes on the track, Michael currently owns five horses while over 100 more are trained at his Manor House Stables which are co-owned by Betfair founder, Andrew ‘Bert’ Black.