Who are the richest English players? Some of the names may surprise you

Manchester United, Liverpool, West Ham United, Chelsea and Manchester City stars all feature.

Football players are paid more than ever before, earning sums of cash on a weekly basis that most of us will only ever dream of.

That enables those stars to invest, save and accumulate fortunes which reach incredible heights and there are plenty of English players and a poll by wealth specialists Wealth-X has thrown up some very surprising names.

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The unsurprising player in first place is Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney with a fortune valued at £45 million followed by Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand.

The results are based on English born players rather than international stars who just happen to play for an English club.

Here are the top five wealthiest English players currently playing Premier League football according to Wealth-X.

1) Wayne Rooney (£45 million)

2) Rio Ferdinand (£37 million)

3) Frank Lampard (£31 million)

4) John Terry (£29 million)

5) Steven Gerrard (£29 million)

The other five wealthiest English players according to the results that make up the top ten are Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, James Milner, Joe Cole and Ashley Cole.

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