Even though Switzerland is not universally known as the land of football it has great potential. It has produced very prolific players who have not only made Switzerland a house hold name in football but have also wooed the world with their incredible talent. Currently, Switzerland has over 35 footballers who play in 5 of Europe’s best football leagues. Shortly Switzerland will be a force to reckon with considering their outstanding performance during the UEFA Europe championship 2016 that was held in France. The likes of Shaqiri and Stephan Lichststeiner are already making a mark at a young age, and we will sit back and watch as these lads show us the best Switzerland has to offer.
List of Top 10 Richest Football Players in Switzerland in 2017
10. Ricardo Rodriguez – net worth $1.2 million
He began his football career at FC Zurich where he became an outstanding defender for a player of his age. It was not long before he was poached by VfB Wolfburg that competes in the German Bundesliga. Ricardo has emerged as a phenomenal defender for the club. His outstanding heading ability has made him lethal in the air during dead ball situations. His brilliant left foot has been praised and hence he is his clubs first choice penalty and freekick taker. He has earned several caps for the swiss national team. He represented them during the FIFA World cup in 2014 and the UEFA Euros in 2016.
9. Valentin Stocker – net worth $5 million
At FC Basel he made 161 appearances and scored 41 goals for the team. He won 4 league titles and three doubles with the club. In 2013 he became team captain of FC Basel. He guided his team in 2013 he guided Basel to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals but they were unfortunately knocked out by Chelsea. In 2014 he announced that he would join German side Hertha BSC. He has represented the Swiss side internationally. Notably, he was part of the side that participated in the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
8. Eren Derdiyok – net worth $6 million
He is a striker for Turkish side Galatasary and the Swiss national team. At the age of 18 he debuted for FC Basel where he developed into an outstanding football player. During the UEFA Champions League in 2007 he gave FC Basel their first point of the tournament by scoring against FC Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Later on he joined German side Bayern Leverkusen where he made 33 Bundesliga appearances and scored 12 goals. He later joined Hffenheim but returned to Bayern Leverkusen on loan before joining his current team Galatasary. For the swiss national team he has been capped ten times.
7. Tranquillo Barnetta – net worth $6.8 million
He is a midfielder for Philadelphia Union in the Major League Soccer in the USA. He is well known for his fast pace, mobility and pin point creativity. He kicked off his career at his hometown team St Gallen. He was later poached by German side Bayern Leverkusen where he became a household name by contributing tremendously to their first half season unbeaten run during the 2009-2010 season. He later moved to the Philadelphia Union on a free transfer. He has been capped internationally 75 times and has participated in 3 FIFA World Cups and 2 UEFA European Football Championships.
6. Diego Benaglio – net worth $8 million
Diego Benaglio has spent most of his professional carrier in Germany. He has represented German sides Stuttgart and Wolfsburg as a goalkeeper. He has made over 200 times for both clubs. He helped Wolfsburg win its first domestic title in 2015 with a win against Borussia Dortmund. He made late crucial saves that ensured they kept their 3-1 goal margin. He has been capped internationally 61 times making appearances in 3 FIFA World Cup and during the UEFA Euros in 2008. He is one amongst the Top 10 Richest Football Players in Switzerland 2017.
5. Gelson Fernandes – $8.3 million
He is a defensive midfielder and plays for French side Stade Rennais and also the swiss national team. He is a phenomenal player having played for major clubs such as Manchester City and Sporting CP. He has represented the national side in three FIFA World Cups and is clearly an important first team player for both club and country.
4. Granit Xhaka – $11.4 million
He is a Swiss football player who currently plays for English side Arsenal and the swiss national team. He has been praised for his style of play and versatility. He has been nicknamed the young Schweinsteiger. He has played for big teams in Europe such as Borrusia Monchengladbach and FC Basel. In the EPL he is known for his outstanding long shots that occasionally find the back of the net. He has been capped internationally 40 times and has represented his team in UEFA Euros 2016.
3. Gokhan Inler – net worth $18.3 million
He is a professional football player that plays for Turkish Side Besiktas and also for the swiss national team. He has played in almost every major league across Europe. He has played for Udinesse, Napoli, Leicester City and FC Zurich. He has been capped internationally 80 times having represented the swiss national team in the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the UEFA European Football championship in 2016.
2. Xherdan Shaqiri – net worth $30 million
Shaqiri plays his club football in the English Premier League for Stoke City. He is one amazing midfielder, and the star player for the side. With 50 cups for Switzerland, he has played in two FIFA World Cup competitions (2010 and 2014) and the European Championship in 2012. He is known for his clinical finishing, vision and is terrific with both feet. He has been nicknamed ‘’the Alphine Messi’’ for his dribbling style that resembles the Argentine’s.
1. Stephan Lichtsteiner – net worth $34.4 million
Stephan Lichtsteiner plays for Italian giants Juventus and the Swiss national team. He plays as an attacking right back when Juventus play a 4-3-3 formation and an attacking wing back when they play the 3-4-3 formation. His pace and attacking work rate have seen him earn the nickname ”Swiss Express”. He is currently enjoying life at Juventus with back to back league trophies and local Italian cup competitions.
These above are the Top 10 Richest Football Players in Switzerland 2017. The Switzerland national team had to wait for 22 years to compete in the World Cup, and is currently playing the underdog role in European football, having participated in every major international competition since 2006. The players are starting to make a mark in the world of football, and it will come as a no-surprise if the sleeping giants wake up and make the likes of Germany and Brazil smell the coffee.