In Argentina, football is the most played sport in the country. Argentina is one of the best countries in football according to the latest FIFA rankings. Argentina has produced some of the most phenomenal football stars in the world. It is not a wonder that it is among the only eight countries in the world to have won the FIFA World Cup. Argentine fans are well known for their infamous activity and also their zeal when it comes to creating football atmospheres. Their often seeming unruly behavior had them banned from seeing their national team playing matches abroad in 2013. All in all, Argentine footballers are among the highest paid for they have raw and exquisite talent which makes them a beauty to watch on the pitch.
List of Top 10 Richest Football Players in Argentina in 2017
10. Javier Zanetti – net worth $12 million
He is a retired Argentine footballer who played most f his career for Italian side Internationally. He is a traditional fullback, but he also played as a winger and as a defensive midfielder. He was well known for his never ending stamina which made him a force to reckon with while running up and down the wings to aid his team’s attacking prospects. He was a two-footed player and made it easy for him to deliver crosses from both wings. He also had a formidable long range shot. His passing accuracy and vision were highly praised. He has several honors under his belt. He has won the Italian Series A 5 times, the Coppa Italia 4 times and the UEFA Champions League once in 2010. He also does numerous charity events so as to promote education among children.
9. Gonzalo Higuain – net worth $16 million
He is currently the most expensive South American footballer having been purchased by Italian side Juventus for 90 million euros. Higuain is one of the best strikers of his generation. His hard work and goal scoring ability he has made him one of the most targeted forwards. At Napoli, he surpassed the clubs record of the most goals scored in a single season hence engraving his name among other great Napoli footballers. Internationally, he has helped Argentina reach the finals of the FIFA World Cup in 2014, the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Copa America Centenario. At Real Madrid, he won 3 La Liga and one Copa Del Ray while at Napoli he won one Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa Italiana.
8. Pablo Zabaleta – net worth $18 million
He is an accomplished Argentine footballer who plays as a right back for English side Manchester City. He can also be used as a full back on either wing. He has won all the major English titles with his current team Manchester City. He was also part of the Argentine side that reached the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the squad that won gold at the 2008 Olympics. He is a disciplined defender who has a good and accurate tackling ability. Furthermore, he is good running up and down the wings hence he can provide crosses for his teammates.
7. Erik Lamela – net worth $21.9 million
He is an Argentine footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder who has played for River Plate, FC Roma and currently for English side Tottenham Hotspurs. He is a fabulous dribbler who can take on defenders and cut in. He can provide assists for his team mates for he is creative with the ball and has an exceptionally good vision. He has represented Argentina internationally. He finished as runners-ups during the 2015 Copa America.
6. Angel Di Maria – net worth $22 million
Di Maria plays for French Ligue 1 club Paris St Germain and the Argentine national team. He can play as both a central and as an attacking midfielder. He is quick, tricky and creative with the ball. His pace when dribbling the ball has made him lethal up front. His acceleration and skill has made him able of beating players in a one on one situation. He has earned over 70 caps for his international side and scored the winning goal during the 2008 Olympics. He was also part of the team that finished as runner ups during the 2014 FIFA world cup, the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Copa America Centenario. He also won the UEFA Champions League with Spanish side Real Madrid.
5. Carlos Tevez – net worth $28 million
He is one amongst the Top 10 Richest Football Players in Argentina 2017. He is an Argentine forward who plays for Broca Juniors and the Argentine national team. He is a quick, versatile and powerful forward. Due to his finishing and positioning he can provide assists for others and also score. Over the years he has been more flexible and can be used as a attacking midfielder or as a supporting striker. He won the UEFA Champions League with English side Manchester United and also the other main English trophies with both Manchester united and Manchester City. With Italian side Juventus he won all the Italian trophies up for grabs.
4. Ezequiel Lavezzi – net worth $38 million
He is an Argentine football player who currently plays for Chinese side Hebei China Fortunes. He is hard working, powerful and fast with the ball. His technique and creativity allow him to be deployed as both a winger or supporting striker. He was part of the Paris St Germain team that won the domestic treble. He was also part of the Argentine team that won the 2008 Olympics and the one that finished runners-up at the 2014 FIFA World CUP, the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
3. Javier Mascherano – net worth $40 million
The Argentine plays as both center back and right full back for his Spanish side Barcelona. He is known for his versatility, tactical gameplay, hard tackles and his almost perfect marking of opposition players. At his current club Barcelona, he has won all the key European titles both internationally and domestically. He also played for English side Liverpool before moving to Spanish side Barcelona. With Argentina, he has won the 2004 and 2008 Olympic gold medals and finished runners-up during the 2014 FIFA World cup, the 2015 Copa America, and the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
2. Sergio Aguero – net worth $70 million
He plays as a striker for English side Manchester City. He is regarded as one of the best strikers in modern day. He is traditionally and all out center forward but can play as a second striker. He is good with the ball and is a goal scoring machine. He is among the top players in the EPL with an above average goals scored per minute ratio. He has won all domestic trophies with Manchester City. Internationally he won the Olympic Gold Medal with Argentina and finished runners up in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa America Centenario.
1. Lionel Messi – net worth $218 million
So much can be said about Messi, to play around with the basics, he plays as a forward for Spanish side FC Barcelona and also captains the Argentine national team. He is considered among the greatest footballers that ever lived having won 5 Ballons d’Or. He also holds many records both in La Liga and worldwide. Due to his small stature he can change direction more quickly thus avoiding opposition tackles. His fast pace allows him to dribble fast with the ball and also charge in. he has won all major titles with his club Barcelona but is yet to win a major title with Argentina.
These above are the Top 10 Richest Football Players in Argentina 2017. Argentina as a country has been unlucky not to win a major international trophy in recent years. While their Brazilian counterparts are flying high currently, it is up to Lionel Messi to lead his men to the Promised Land. Diego Maradona did it, and Messi should too.