Patrick Vieira Highest-Paid Footballer in the World

Patrick Vieira
Patrick Vieira led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid footballers” released on Saturday.

It's been a rough year for the footballer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 46-year-old Patrick Vieira has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid footballers for 2022 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 26/06/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Patrick Vieira tops annual list of highest-paid footballers

In 2019 it looked like the footballer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Saturday (June 25) that Vieira is the highest-paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between May 2021 and May 2022, a nearly $30 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The French footballer has an estimated net worth of $185 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Vieira Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Dakar Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondervieira - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Patrick) and a fashion line called “Patrick Vieira Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Patrick fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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