Spanish clubs are best known for their exclusivity when it comes to sourcing talent. 65% of players in the La Liga (Spanish Top League) are Spanish, compared to only 21% Englishmen in the English Premier League. In Spain football is like a religion. Historians argue that football started in Catalonia and it is not surprising that the Spanish top tier league, La LIga is one of the best football leagues in the world. Spain is also the home to some of the biggest and richest clubs in the world right now, that is, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. It is, therefore, evident that Spanish footballers are some of the highest paid footballers in the world. Here are some of the top 10 richest footballers who hail from the legendary football talented country Spain.
List of Top 10 Richest Football Players In Spain in 2017
10. Gerard Pique – net worth $40 million
The former Manchester United player is the center back for current club Barcelona. He is one among the only four players in the world to win the UEFA Champions League two times in a row with different clubs. He is well known for his striking abilities and is considered lethal upfront. He has been included numerous times in the FIFA World Pro XI team making him one of the best center backs in football. He has also represented Spain internationally winning both the FIFA World cup and UEFA Euro cup.
9. Carles Puyol – net worth $40 million
He is a retired Spanish international football player. He was one of the best center defenders of his time. He won 21 major trophies with his only club Barcelona with he served as long time captain since 2004. He also represented Spain internationally winning both the UEFA Euro trophy in 2008 and the FIFA World Cup in 2010 with the Spanish team.
8. Sergio Busquets – net worth $45 million
He plays as a defensive midfielder for both his club Barcelona and the Spanish national team. Due to his vision, tall stature, tactical intelligence and ball control he rarely relinquishes possession to the opposition. He plays an important role for his club because he can easily tear down opposition attacks in his half. He has been capped internationally 93 times and has won the FIFA World cup and UEFA Euro trophy with Spain.
7. David Villa – net worth $50 million
David Silva started his football career at a very young age and got the nick name ‘El Guaje’ meaning the kid. He has played for major Spanish football sides such as Villareal, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid before moving to New York. He has won all major trophies at both club and international level. Notably, he was part of Spain’s team that won the FIFA World cup in 2010.
6. David Silva – net worth $55 million
He is one of the Top 10 Richest Football Players In Spain 2017. Commonly known as ‘El Mago’ among fans Silva is among the best attacking midfielders in the world. He is predominantly left-footed. His good dribbling skills and ability to swirl through tight spaces makes him a lethal force up front. He can also play as the coveted number 10 or playmaker. Currently, he plays for English side Manchester City. He has also represented Spain internationally.
5. Sergio Ramos – net worth $60 million
Currently known as the king of stoppage time goals he has cemented his name as one of the best defenders in the world. He has a fast sprinting ability and is an aggressive tackler. He was also well known for his indiscipline on the pitch and currently holds the record for the most red-carded Real Madrid player. He has served as captain for both the Spanish national team and his current club Real Madrid.
4. Fernando Torres – net worth $60 million
He is a striker for Spanish side Atletico Madrid. He was a former Liverpool player where he smashed and surpassed club records formerly set by club legend Robin Fowler. He has played for Spain internationally and has won major trophies with them. One of the most disappointing transfers in club history was when Torres left Liverpool for Chelsea. He only managed 22 goals in 64 appearances, Branislav Ivanovic had more goals in the same number of appearances, and he is a defender.
3. Juan Mata – net worth $63.4 million
He is a skillful attacking midfielder who currently plays for English side Manchester United. He is well known for his skillful passing ability which helps him provide assists for his fellow team mates. He has represented Spain internationally. Juan Mata fallout with the then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during their time in the West London club was weird. It got even weirder when the two later linked up this summer at Manchester United. He is however enjoying first team play at Old Trafford.
2. Andres Iniesta – net worth $86 million
Considered a mastermind of the game he is a complete footballer who can score and defend. He is the captain of his club Barcelona and is one of the best midfielders of all time. He is a decorated Spanish footballer who has won several major titles at both club and international level. Notably, he won the treble with Barcelona and the FIFA World Cup with the Spanish national team.
1. Raul Gonzalez – net worth $87 million
He is a retired football player and is one of the most important players for Real Madrid and is one of the greatest football players from Spain. He is considered a legend by many. He was a prolific goal scorer and is the second all-time Real Madrid goal scorer with 323 goals. He was a disciplined player and in his entire career, he has never gotten a red card. He has won major trophies in Europe with his side Real Madrid.
These above are the Top 10 Richest Football Players In Spain 2017. Spain is a football nation. Their ‘’tiki-taka’’ style of intricate and accurate short passes, and one touch football has made the nation a football power house. The national team dominated world football between 2010 and 2014 when they won two European cups and the world cup in South Africa. Their best players are well compensated, and the talent is worth every penny.