Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o is the wealthiest foreign-born English Premier League (EPL) player with a net worth of £39 million (US$64 million), according to a Wealth-X list that also includes players from Spain, Argentina and the Czech Republic.
Cameroonian-born Eto’o signed a one-year deal with Chelsea in August 2013 for an undisclosed fee, although several media reports claimed he took a substantial pay cut to move to the English club from Russian football club, Anzhi Makhachkala.
The combined fortunes of the 10 footballers on the list is £245 million (US$402 million), £10 million less than the combined net worth of the individuals on Wealth-X’s list of the wealthiest English-born EPL players. Wayne Rooney topped that list – and also ranks first on the combined list of English and foreign-born EPL footballers – with his £45 million (US$ 73 million) personal fortune.
TOP 10 WEALTHIEST FOREIGN-BORN EPL PLAYERS
|INTL RANK||NAME||COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||TEAM||NET WORTH||NET WORTH|
|(£ million)||(US$ million)|
|2||Ryan Giggs||Wales||Manchester United||£27||$45|
|4||Yaya Toure||Ivory Coast||Manchester City||£25||$41|
|5||Sergio Aguero||Argentina||Manchester City||£24||$39|
|6||Robin van Persie||The Netherlands||Manchester United||£23||$38|
|6||Peter Cech||Czech Republic||Chelsea||£22||$36|
|8||David Silva||Spain||Manchester City||£19||$31|
|10||Kolo Toure||Ivory Coast||Liverpool||£18||$30|
Michael Byrne, Wealth-X UK Director, said: “The results of this survey may come to a surprise for many, who may have been under the impression that foreign-born EPL players receive more rewarding compensation than their English counterparts. English-born footballers in the EPL amass greater sponsorship and are therefore in a position to accumulate greater overall net worth. This run-down certainly produces more surprises than the English-born list.”