Manchester United man is wealthiest British footballer according to the Sunday Times rich list which will be published in May.
Rooney’s net worth is predicted to be around £60million through his earnings as a Manchester United player, as well as personal endorsements. His sponsors include sport brand giants Nike, as well as mobile phone company Nokia and EA Sports, where he has appeared on multiple editions of the annual FIFA video game.
The 28-year-old’s worth is up £9million from this time last year, mostly due to his signing of a new contract at Manchester United, where he is believed to be paid a staggering £300,000 a week. The England striker signed the new five-and-a-half-year deal back in February to end speculation about his playing future.
Rooney’s United team-mate Rio Ferdinand is the second wealthiest British footballer with a net worth of £44million, £2million more than in May last year. Ferdinand was handed a one-year contract extension by United last summer, but it remains unclear if he will play beyond the current season for the Reds.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard sits in third place with a reported £37million worth, the same as his England midfield counterpart and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard. Gerrard’s net worth is up £4million from last year’s report, while Lampard is £3million richer as Britain’s fourth best-paid footballer.
Manchester United player turned manager Ryan Giggs rounds off the top five wealthiest British footballers, with an estimated worth of £36million, an increase on his £34million worth last summer. Giggs’ days as a player appear to be numbered, but if the Welshman were to be handed the United manager vacancy on a full-time basis, then his net worth would surely rise even further.
The top-five wealthiest British footballers and their worth:
Net worth 2014 Net worth 2013
1. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) £60m £51m
2. Rio Ferdinannd (Manchester United) £44m £42m
3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) £37m £33m
4. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) £37m £34m
5. Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) £36m £34m