Chelseas Etoo tops list of wealthiest foreign-born English Premier League footballers

Jan 09 2014, 18:43 IST
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Chelsea striker Samuel Etoo is the wealthiest foreign-born EPL player with a net worth of 39 million. (Reuters) Chelsea striker Samuel Etoo is the wealthiest foreign-born EPL player with a net worth of 39 million. (Reuters)
SummaryCombined fortunes of 10 footballers is 10 mn less than combined net worth of wealthiest English-born players.

Chelsea striker Samuel Etoo is the wealthiest foreign-born English Premier League (EPL) player with a net worth of 39 million (US$64 million), according to a Wealth-X list that also includes players from Spain, Argentina and the Czech Republic.

Cameron-born Etoo signed a one-year deal with Chelsea in August 2013 for an undisclosed fee, although several media reports claimed he took a substantial pay cut to move to the English club from Russian football club, Anzhi Makhachkala.

The combined fortunes of the 10 footballers on the list is 245 million (US$402 million), 10 million less than the combined net worth of the individuals on Wealth-Xs list of the wealthiest English-born EPL players. Wayne Rooney topped that list and also ranks first on the combined list of English and foreign-born EPL footballers - with his 45 million (US$ 73 million) personal fortune.

Three Chelsea players appear in the list, and collectively their combined wealth totals 87 million (US$142 million). Manchester City is also represented by three players on the list, with a combined net worth of 68 million (US$ 111 million). Below are the top 5 wealthiest foreign-born EPL players:

The results of this survey may come to a surprise for many, who may have been under the impression that foreign-born EPL players receive more rewarding compensation than their English counterparts. English-born footballers in the EPL amass greater sponsorship and are therefore in a position to accumulate greater overall net worth. This run-down certainly produces more surprises than the English-born list, said Michael Byrne, Wealth-X UK Director.

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