Football has grown from its inception to become the one of the world’s most watched sports with a fan base of billions. The list of teams of in association football are very many hence the tally on players countless. The earnings of a player in association football are solely dependent on the talent of the player. Italy just like the other European countries which participate also have their fair share of talented players but there is always the best of the best. This brings us to this list of the top ten richest players in Italy.The following players have been rated as the richest Italian players.
List of Top 10 Richest Football Players In Italy in 2017
10. GIORGIO CHIELLINI, $15 MILLION USD
Chiellini is arguably one of the best defenders in history. The 32 year old Italian has been a pillar for his Serie A team Juventus since the year 2005.Everything seems to be going good for defender because other than the fact that Walter Marzari has often praised him as the best footballer to work with,he has ever been ranked by The Guardian as the 50th best player in the world. The 6’3’ center back has also represented his national team in international competitions which makes him an Italian legend. If that was not enough he is known to be one of the most remarkable captains in football often being referenced to the Madrid player Sergio Ramos.
9. ROBERTO BAGGIO $15 MILLION
Roberto might be retired but still manages to find a spot on this list with his rich experience with many teams during his career including Milan and Juventus. The Italian forward was gifted playmaker with him specializing in curling free kicks. The 49 year old was mostly deployed as a second striker and occasionally as the attacking midfielder due to his goal scoring prowess. He is one of the few players to win the Ballon d’or back in 1993.The forward has held the record for most goals scored in World Cup tournaments for Italy and the seventh highest number of goals in the Italian Serie A.One of his most outstanding achievements is that he is the former president of the technical sector in Italian Football Federation.
8. ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO $25 MILLION
Piero makes the list even after retirement well probably because he is the 9th most capped player of all time .The creative supportive forward played for the Italian giants Juventus and had some stints with other teams such as Padova,Sydney FC and the lastly the Delhi Dynamos after which he retired.Piero has scored in every competition he has participated in and also represented Italy in 3 World Cups and is also the fourth highest scorer for the national team with 27 goals.
7. DANIELE DE ROSSI $25 MILLION
The list wouldn’t be complete without the 33 year old defensive midfielder who plays for the team Roma and the national team. In 2006 he was named as the Serie A Young Footballer Of The Year which was followed by the Serie A Italian Footballer Of The Year in 2009.During his prime he was considered to be one of the best midfielders. Rossi has been an old boy at Roma because he has played in that team since 2001.
6. PAOLO CESARE MALDINI $25 MILLION
The 48 year old defender played for Milan since 1985 to 2009. Maldini was the football equivalent of a brick wall which earned him the Best Defender Trophy at the UEFA Club Football Awards which was seconded by the Serie A Defender Of The Year Award back in 2004.He was also a good captain for many years on the Milan team and on the national side earning him the moniker ‘Capitano’ meaning the captain. He is one of the Top 10 Richest Football Players In Italy 2017.
5. ANDREA PIRLO $30 MILLION
Pirlo currently plays for Major League Soccer team New York City FC.His remarkable career path can be traced from Italian giants Milan and Juventus which he left in 2015.He is a deep lying playmaker for both his club and the international team. Many people know Andrea from the 2006 FIFA World Cup in which he was named the man of the match three times including their final which gained him the bronze ball and a spot in the Team Of The Tournament. He was named in 2015 as one of the best footballers over the age of 36.
4. MARIO BALOTELLI $40 MILLION
There is so much to say about the 26 year old forward who currently plays for the Ligue 1 club Nice and also the national team. He is the only player on this list who has not played for one but two English League clubs which are Manchester City and Liverpool.Mario has crazy and unpredictable nature which wasn’t favored by managers and other players but with all that said Ballotelli was an aggressive player who was an aerial threat and always had an eye for goal. He did a lot of endorsements with Nike which earned him a pretty penny. Mario also received a Golden Boy Award back in 2010.
3. FABIO CANNAVARO $45 MILLION
Fabio who is 43 years old is currently the manager of Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.He is considered to rank among the top defenders of all time.Fabio has played in some of the finest teams in association football namely Napoli,Parma,Internazionale,Juventus and the Spanish giants Real Madrid.Cannavaro led his country mates to a victory in the 2006 Fifa World Cup and was given the nickname ‘Muro di Berlino’ which means The Berlin Wall.Fabio had a very good year in 2006 because he was also awarded the Ballon d’Or making him the only defender to win the award in a decade and the third of all time after Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer.
2. FRANCESCO TOTTI $67 MILLION
The 40 year old currently plays and captains for Roma and is mainly an attacking midfielder and a second attacker but also works as a front man or winger. He has played for Roma all his career with no transfer.Totti has many awards but most notably he has a record 11 Oscar del calcio awards. Totti has proven you can play football in your 40s and still add the same value as a 19 year old hot shot. If the after-a-goal selfies have anything to do with it, he might have a couple more years on the pitch.
1. GIANLUIGI BUFFON, $72 MILLION
Finally the number one player on the list is another lad from Juventus and it happens to be their keeper. The 38 year old plays for Serie A team Juventus and the Italian national team. We can just start with the fact that he is the most capped player in the Italian national team and the sixth in the whole world. The Italian is an amazing shot stopper and the most expensive goalkeeper after his 53 million euro transfer to Juventus from Parma. He is the record holder for the longest period without conceding a goal in Serie A history. He is the epitome of top notch goal keeping. Buffon is the first goalkeeper to win the Golden Foot Award which stems on both player ability and personality.
These above are the Top 10 Richest Football Players In Italy 2017. The football played in Italy is very promising and exciting to watch and with such players we are guaranteed for a lovely show from the Italians. With hope that the Italian players will start moving around leagues which they usually don’t do and finally start embracing other European environments. The football in Italy is still growing and we can’t wait to see other new names on the list of the top ten richest Football Players in Italy.