Money, money, money in a rich man’s world (to the tune of the Abba Classic).
Top Ten Owners
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayan (Manchester City) £20bn
Lakshmi Mittal (QPR) £17bn
Alisher Usmanov (Arsenal) £8bn
Roman Abramovich (Chelsea) £7.4bn
Liebherr Family (Southampton) £3bn
Joe Lewis (Tottenham Hotspur, £2.7bn
Denis O’Brien (Celtic) £1.87bn
Stanley Kroenke (Arsenal) £1.85bn
Glazer family (Manchester United) £1.53bn
Bernie Ecclestone (QPR) £1.4bn
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham is the highest ranking active player, with an estimated wealth of £100 million, a figure which dwarves that of all of his contemporaries.
This includes former England team-mate Michael Owen, who despite being the second richest player on this list still has a wealth just 40% the size of Beckham’s.
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney has dropped out of the top five wealthiest players, with his estimated worth plummeting from £37 million to £25 million following a difficult year on and off the pitch for the striker.
Overtaking Rooney and completing the top five players are Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United, £34m), Sol Campbell (Newcastle United, £31m) and Ryan Giggs (Manchester United, £27m).
As has been the trend in recent years, managers are also getting in on the act (six managers featured in last year’s Top 100).
England’s much-maligned coach Fabio Capello continues to lead the way as the wealthiest manager in the British game, with an estate worth an estimated £36 million.
He is joined in the list by the likes of Roy Keane (Ipswich Town, £28m), Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United, £22m), Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea, £21m) and Arsene Wenger (Arsenal, £17m), with the bulk of former Ireland and Manchester United captain Keane’s wealth being accrued during his playing career. (Four Four Two)
Some interesting movement in these lists this season and one wonders where new Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures would have figured. Clearly there is still bags of money swirling around the game at present and it seems that some players, like Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen, are cleverly investing their fortunes in other ventures.
David Beckham is of course still top of the list and seems unstoppable and some may believe that Wayne Rooney’s drop down the order has something to do with his recent scandals that could have impacted on sponsorship deals, this is of course inaccurate and what this list shows is simply that other players are catching up.
Manchester United players take up four of the top six richest players on the list and have a fair few entries on other lists including Sir Alex Ferguson and reserve team coach Ole Gunner Solskjaer get on the list for richest people in management. Former captain Roy Keane also appears to have held on to the riches he made as a player at Old Trafford.