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

Written by FE Online | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 10 2014, 00:13am hrs
Samuel EtooChelsea striker Samuel Eto?o is the wealthiest foreign-born EPL player with a net worth of ?39 million. (Reuters)
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.